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DSS Food Stamp Program Recognized With Award for Accuracy
June 18, 2009
06.18.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services' Food Stamp Program recently received the Program Integrity Award for its commitment to payment accuracy at the 2009 Tri-Regional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Conference. DSS had fewer errors in making payments to Food Stamp recipients, closing existing Food Stamp cases and denying Food Stamps to an applicant than any other state in the USDA's Food and Nutrition Services' (FNS) Southwest region.
DSS Holds Employee Briefing on H1N1 Virus After Results Confirm Five Cases in Iberville Building
June 17, 2009
06.17.09 - This afternoon, the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) will hold an information session for agency employees on the H1N1 virus. The meeting was called following the Department of Health and Hospitals confirming that five people in the Iberville Building tested positive for the H1N1 virus, after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
DSS Employee Retires After 32 Years with Agency
June 12, 2009
06.12.09 - She’s served under six governors over a span of more than three decades. Paula Braxton, who is retiring today after 32 years with the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS), says DSS has changed for the better from when she started her career.
DSS Offers Pre-Application for Disaster Food Stamps
June 01, 2009
06.01.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services today announced that Louisiana residents can now pre-apply online or by phone for Disaster Food Stamps in order to prepare for hurricane season, save time, and avoid long waits in the event of a disaster.
DSS Computer Error Causes Early Issuance of Food Stamps for June
May 29, 2009
05.29.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services today announced that all 282,748 regular Food Stamp recipients inadvertently received their June benefits days early and should take the appropriate steps to budget accordingly to ensure those benefits last until July.
State Officials Urge Changes to Federal Nutrition Program
May 21, 2009
05.21.09 - Several Louisiana officials sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today urging him to combat obesity in America by make policy changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program many Louisiana households rely on to feed their families.
May Declared Foster Care Month
May 14, 2009
05.14.09 - With 4,853 children currently in Louisiana's foster care program, cared for by more than 2,000 foster families, Governor Bobby Jindal has declared May as Foster Care Month in Louisiana.
The foster care program is one of the most important missions of the Department of Children & Family Services,” said DSS Secretary Kristy Nichols.
DSS Fellowship Program Will Develop Leadership, Foster Innovation in Social Service Delivery
May 08, 2009
05.08.09 - Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced that the agency, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will fund a six month fellowship program and leadership academy as part of a set of new initiatives to develop leadership and foster innovation in the social services arena.
DSS, GOHSEP Announce 50,000 Shelter Spaces Available to House Evacuees in Case of Emergency
May 06, 2009
05.06.09 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) today announced that for planning purposes five states have agreed to shelter up to 26,000 Louisiana residents who do not have the resources to evacuate on their own before a storm.
DSS Employee Receives Emergency Preparedness Award
May 06, 2009
05.06.09 - Christine McGraw, a regional manager with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, an agency within the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS), received the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association's Dedication Award for leadership and service at the association's 30th annual conference in Lake Charles on Tuesday.