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Public Notice on Weatherization Assistance Program

posted Apr 23, 2014, 2:47 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 2:58 PM ]

Notice is hereby given of the intent of the Department of Family Services to adopt a plan governing 
the Weatherization Assistance Program. The grant application/state plan establishes standards for 
the delivery of the Weatherization Assistance Program and includes provisions related to program 
administration, determination of eligibility, program standards and guidelines, scope of weatherization 
work, applicant rights, quality assurance, and program personnel. A public hearing will be held in 
Cheyenne at the Department of Family Services, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 5th
conference room from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Comments may be forwarded to: 
Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program, Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, Wyoming 82401. Comments may also be emailed to dfslieap@wyo.gov. A copy of the grant application/state plan may be viewed by clicking here

Questions may be directed to Brenda Ilg at (307) 347-6181, extension 34.

Public comment sought for low income energy assistance program

posted Apr 23, 2014, 2:36 PM by Tony Lewis

The Wyoming Department of Family Services is requesting Public Comment on a waiver to the FFY 2014 Low Income Energy Assistance Plan.  The waiver would increase the percentage of funding to the Weatherization Program for persons of low income.  The waiver would increase the Weatherization funding to twenty-five percent (25%) instead of the standard allowable fifteen percent (15%).  Awarding these Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) funds to the Weatherization Assistance Program will not reduce the funding available for LIEAP benefits during the upcoming LIEAP program year.
A copy of the Waiver Request will be furnished upon request.  Contact LIEAP, Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, WY, 82401.  Copies may also be requested by email to dfslieap@wyo.gov. Comments are invited to be submitted in writing to dfslieap@wyo.gov by May 5, 2014.

Brenda Ilg
LIEAP Program Manager
307-347-6181, extension 34

DFS Seeks Input from Community Partners, Staff and Citizens For Five-Year Strategic Plan Child Welfare and Juvenile Service Plan

posted Feb 26, 2014, 1:26 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 1:27 PM ]

The DFS Social Services Division is looking for feedback on services from parents, law enforcement, educators, foster and youth care providers, judges, guardians ad litem, mental health professionalsand other community stakeholders. Information obtained from the survey will be used to help the Department of Familiy Services create a five-year strategic plan for serving at-risk youth or youth in state care.

The survey, which takes just a few minutes, can be accessed at the following link:    

The Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) is a five year strategic plan that will set forth the vision and the goals to be accomplished to strengthen Wyoming’s overall child welfare system for the next five (5) years (2015-2019). The completion of the survey is a way for you to lend a voice to improving safety, permanency and well-being for Wyoming's children, youth and families. Please fill out this survey by March 14th so DFS can start to build the CFSP. Note that all of the identifying information will remain anonymous and confidential, but the important data will help us build the CFSP. Again-thank you for your help.

Public Notice: Repeal of CHINS Rules

posted Oct 17, 2013, 1:51 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Oct 30, 2013, 7:14 AM ]

Public notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services (DFS) intends to repeal the Children and Family Service-Children in Need of Supervision and Delinquent Children Rules; Chapter 1 (General Provisions); and Chapter 2 (Casework) Copies may be obtained upon request at the address below or online by clicking on CHINS Rules

Department of Family Services
Attention:  Diana Schafer, Program/Policy Analyst
Social Services Division
2300 Capitol 
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Written comments shall be submitted to the above address no later than December 7, 2013.

A public hearing will be held by the Department of Family Services if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members.  Requests for a hearing will be provided to all persons making a timely request.

Interested parties may request a statement of the Department of Family Services’ position regarding each comment and the action taken as a result of the comments prior to, or within thirty (30) days after, repeal of these rules.  Requests must be submitted to the above address.  If requested, the statement will be issued by the Department within thirty (30) day after the Agency action. 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program - LIEAP Application Fairs to be held state wide

posted Oct 11, 2013, 2:22 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 2:22 PM ]

DFS has recently updated the Low Income Energy Assistance Program application and only the new application will be accepted this year. To aid applicants, LIEAP is hosting application fairs at libraries statewide.  Fairs will be held in October and November and will have trained staff on hand to assist applicants in completing the new application.  To attend one at a location near you, check out the schedule by clicking on, LIEAP Application Fairs

Wyo Insurance Dept. warns of possible ACA scams

posted Sep 27, 2013, 11:06 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Sep 27, 2013, 11:09 AM ]

As health insurance exchanges open next week for the Affordable Care Act, the Wyoming Insurance Department is warning consumers to be aware of possible scams. 
The Department's Consumer Alert says to watch for sales persons asking for money, credit card or bank account information to enroll someone in the marketplace. The alert says to be wary of persons offering discount medical cards or unsolicited calls from persons claiming to be Medicare or Medicaid representatives asking for personal or financial information.
For a full text of the Department's alert, please click on ACA Consumer Alert

DFS and Children’s Action Alliance Announce Change for Child Care Training Services

posted Sep 18, 2013, 3:50 PM by Tony Lewis

Over the next six months, the Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance announced they will be working on a plan to transition STARS, the Statewide Training and Resource System for child care providers.

The transition will  end the  contract between the Department of Family Services and  the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance to maintain the training registry for licensed child care providers around the state. 

Jillian Balow, Administrator for the DFS Family Assistance Division, said the move is part of a plan to create a one-stop resource for child care providers and parents seeking quality child care. 
“We are extremely grateful to the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance for providing services so well for so many years,” said Balow. “We appreciate the strong foundation they established, and we want to continue to build on that.”

She noted, the Alliance has served in its current capacity as a contract provider for the child care registry for DFS for the past 13 years. 

Balow said the Department hopes to complete the transition of training registry services by the end of the current contract period with the Alliance, March 31, 2014.

“Our board and staff are committed to continue to provide the same level of quality customer service and support throughout the transition period”, Deanna Frey, Director of the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance said.

Balow said the extended transition period would allow for more careful planning so no training services are interrupted.  At the end of that time, she said she expects the roll out of a more integrated and streamlined child care resource and referral system.”

The Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission since 1992 has been to improve the well-being of children and families in Wyoming. 

Medicaid, Kid Care/CHIP Changes Still on Track

posted Sep 13, 2013, 10:55 AM by Tony Lewis

Beginning in October, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and DFS are moving eligibility determination and case management from local DFS offices to a centralized customer service center located in Cheyenne. Both departments expect the switch to the new “Wyoming Eligibility System” to result in improved customer service and efficiency.

Eligibility work for Wyoming Medicaid’s Long Term Care programs has al­ready been transferred to WDH. These programs include: Nursing Home, In­patient Hospital, Long Term Care Waiver, Assisted Living Facility Waiver, De­velopmental Disabilities Waivers, Children’s Mental Health Waiver, Acquired Brain Injury Waiver and the Pro­gram of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. October 1 will mark the next phase of the transfer. All remaining Wyoming Medicaid cases will be transitioned to the new customer service center at that time.

Some things to know about the change:

  • A new shared online web portal will be available for Wyoming Medi­caid and Kid Care CHIP so individuals can submit applications and renewals, as well as change their cases online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • A new customer service center will be established to answer questions and take applications online, over the phone, by mail and in person for both Wyo­ming Medicaid and Kid Care CHIP.

  • A new integrated Wyoming Medicaid and Kid Care CHIP eligibility system will allow real-time decisions for most applications.

The new system will also be able to coordinate with the coming federally facili­­tated marketplace, which will also begin October 1, so applicants receive the best available option for their situation. The establishment of these market­­places was included in the law known as the Affordable Care Act.

Stay tuned for more information about the Wyoming Eligibility System in the coming weeks. For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please visit the Wyoming Department of Insurance website  or the the DFSWeb

Public Notice on Wyoming LIEAP Plan

posted Sep 12, 2013, 9:20 AM by Tony Lewis

Notice is hereby given of the intent of the Department of Family Services to adopt a plan 

governing the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).  The grant application/state 

plan establishes standards for the delivery of the LIEAP program and includes provisions related 

to program administration, determination of benefits, applicant rights, and program personnel.

LIEAP will hold a public hearing in Worland at 1700 Robertson Avenue, from 10:00 A.M.to 

11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 13, 2013.  Comments may be forwarded to LIEAP, 

Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, WY 82401.

A copy of the grant application/state plan may be obtained by contacting the LIEAP Program 

Manager at the Department of Family Services address listed above or the below phone number 

or Email address.

Questions may be directed to the Program Manager at (307) 347-6181, ext. 34 or 


First Lady and Community Partners Host Eat. Read. Grow. with Celebrity Readers

posted Jun 5, 2013, 12:46 PM by Tony Lewis

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  First Lady Carol Mead is working with a coalition of Wyoming businesses, non-profits, and state agencies to implement a new program in Cheyenne. Eat. Read. Grow. is modeled after programs elsewhere that provide a meal, a bag of groceries, information about family resources and a children’s book to families. Cheyenne’s inaugural event is tonight; similar events have taken place in Casper and Cody. Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield and best-selling Wyoming author, C.J. Box, will be on hand to read to children and their families at the event.

“I am so grateful to Secretary Maxfield, C.J. Box, and all of the partners who are coming together to make this a special event to benefit Wyoming families,” First Lady Carol Mead said. “Eat. Read. Grow. is a program that can be expanded in every Wyoming community to encourage families to spend quality time together over meals and good books.”

Eat. Read. Grow. is supported by Taco John’s International,  Johnson Junior High School, Scholastic Inc.; Food Bank of the Rockies, Ellbogen Foundation, #1 Properties, Wyoming Department of Family Services, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, After School for Kids Program, Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne, Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance, Laramie County School District #1, Raising Readers in Wyoming, Wyoming Head Start, Collaborative Connections, Wyoming Kids First, Cent$ible Nutrition, Cheyenne Association of Evangelicals, and Future Business Leaders of America at East High School.  This inaugural event is aimed at children from Arp and Cole Elementary Schools who participate in the After School for Kids Program.  A second event is planned for August 24 in Lion’s Park in conjunction with the Convoy of Hope.

Mrs. Mead has devoted her time as First Lady to children’s issues. She is working to advance early childhood literacy, encourage kids to live healthy lifestyles and avoid risky behaviors like alcohol and drug use, and promote the arts among young people.

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