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DSS Sets Record in Child Support Collections During FFY 2008 10.10.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services set a new record by collecting more than $346 million in child support payments during the Federal Fiscal Year that ended Sept. 30. DSS Releases Short-Term Sheltering Plan 10.09.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols today released the agency's short-term sheltering plan to address problems encountered during evacuation and sheltering operations in response to Hurricane Gustav.
DSS Announces Final Tallies for Disaster Food Stamp Program 10.06.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services today released final figures for the Disaster Food Stamp Program which ended last week. During the more than three week period 609,595 households were approved for DFSP benefits. That represents 1,531,738 people who received $208,474,969 in benefits as a result of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Benefits were denied to 38,475 applicants. Disaster Food Stamp Program to End Tomorrow 10.01.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services will end all Disaster Food Stamp operations tomorrow October 2nd. To date, DSS has processed more than 604,221 applications, providing more than $200,623,450.52 in benefits to 568,957 Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. The program, which began September 9th in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, has served to help millions of Louisiana residents recover from losses suffered during that storm and again during Hurricane Ike just one week later.
Governor Proclaims October as Disability Awareness Month 10.01.08 - Recognizing the importance of educating children, families and communities about disability issues, Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed October as Disability Awareness Month in Louisiana. Throughout the month several events, including job fairs around the state, are scheduled to recognize the abilities of citizens with special needs. DSS Announces Appointment of New Undersecretary 10.01.08 - Interim Secretary for the Department of Children & Family Services Kristy Nichols has appointed Ruth Johnson as Undersecretary for the Office of Management and Finance.
DSS Announces Regular Food Stamp Recipients Receive Cost of Living Adjustment 09.30.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services, Office of Family Support, today announced that participants in the regular Food Stamp Program will receive a raise in their benefits. Effective October 2008, eligibility and benefit amounts will increase in accordance with limits set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan and the Gross and Net Income Limits. The Thrifty Food Plan is a federal estimate of how much it costs to provide nutritious, low-cost meals. It is adjusted annually based on food prices. Annual adjustments to the income eligibility standards are based on federal poverty levels. DSS/OCS Receives National Recognition for LIFTS Initiatives 09.30.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, Office of Community Services is receiving the 2008 Kaleidoscope Award from the Family Preservation Institute for its innovative LIFTS (Leading Innovations for Family Transformation and Safety) program. OCS is the first child welfare agency in the nation to receive this national recognition.
DSS Successfully Recoups Most Duplicate Payments Made To Some Regular Food Stamp Recipients 09.30.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services has recovered $57,098 from the electronic benefit cards of 533 regular food stamp recipients in eight parishes who received duplicate benefits last week because of a computer system error. DSS Announces Technology Partnership With Florida 09.26.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Secretary Kristy Nichols joined representatives from Florida and J.P. Morgan to announce the first ever technology partnership between two states to issue Disaster Food Stamps. Secretary Nichols approached Florida officials with the idea to create a backup to Louisiana’s system, which experienced difficulties with the high number of applications from residents affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. So far, more than 574,000 applications have been taken in Louisiana.
Louisiana Job Fairs Seeks Employers and Citizens with Disabilities 09.26.08 - Local businesses looking to create a diverse workforce will have an opportunity to participate in the 2008 Louisiana Job Fair. The statewide job fairs are free to both employers and job seekers and will take place in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Northshore and Shreveport during the month of October, which is National Disability Awareness Month. Citizens with disabilities are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to join Louisiana’s workforce. DSS Announces Regular Food Stamp Recipients Receive Replacement Benefits 09.24.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols announced that the USDA Food and Nutrition Services has approved the issuance of replacement benefits for participants in the regular Food Stamp Program in 14 parishes. These parishes were impacted by Hurricane Ike and the benefits will allow families who receive regular food stamps to replace food lost during power outages caused by the storm. They are: Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion and Vernon.
DSS Secretary Calls On USDA To Expedite Extra Month Of Disaster Benefits 09.24.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols has called on the United States Department of Agriculture to expedite DSS’ request to add a second month of benefits to the electronic benefits cards of Disaster Food Stamp recipients affected by two storms within the same benefits eligibility period. DSS Shelter Memo 09.22.08 - At the request of Governor Jindal, the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) has completed the first phase of an exhaustive review of the agency’s emergency sheltering plan and operations that were activated in response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Included in the memo are short-term goals from an immediate analysis of the shortfalls during the Gustav response. DSS maintains primary responsibility for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 6, which encompasses mass care, emergency assistance, housing and human services.
Department of Children & Family Services Announces Closing Date for Disaster Food Stamp Program 09.23.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services has announced that Disaster Food Stamp application sites around the state will end operations on Monday, September 29. DSS has been accepting applications since September 9 in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and recently added 14 parishes to the list of those eligible for this benefit meant to help families replenish food supplies lost to the storms.  


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