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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal program that assists low-income families in obtaining child care so that they can work or attend training/education. All comments regarding the Wyoming CCDF State Plan will be considered by the Wyoming Department of Family Services through June 19, 2013. Please submit comments electronically to email@example.com or by sending them to
Wyoming Department of Family Services
2300 Capitol Ave. 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
attn: Sasha Seahorn
A public hearing will be held on June 19, 2013 at the offices of the Wyoming Department of Family Services, located at 2300 Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
If you need translation services, please contact the Wyoming Department of Family Services at (307)777-7734
Cheyenne— Governor Mead has declared April 21st to April 27th, 2013 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week (CVRW) here in Wyoming. CVRW is a time to honor victims and the advocates of victims’ rights. This year’s theme “New Challenges, New Solutions” evokes victims’ new struggles and our duty to help them rebuild stronger lives.
For victims, the future means confronting many challenges. After a crime, victims need to know what rights and resources they can count on. They may need funds to bury a loved one or pay medical bills. They may want information on the criminal justice process, their rights to be present or heard in court, and to be notified about court proceedings and offenders’ whereabouts. Yet many victims do not find the help they need.
There was a time, not too many years ago, when victims had no voice in the criminal justice system—when murder victims’ families were excluded from courtrooms and assault victims paid all their own medical bills.
CVRW honors the victims and advocates who confronted such injustices and helped produce a nationwide system of victim compensation and victims’ rights. It also reminds us that failure to enforce these laws or to fund programs for victims jeopardize the success of these reforms.
Wyoming will observe CVRW with special events and programs from April 21–April 27. These activities will include celebrations that will address victims and their rights, including informational booths to recognize CVRW and honor advocates for outstanding service to victims of crime.
Each community can encourage its members to participate in the week’s events and find ways to help victims of crime. For additional information about CVRW, and how to help victims in your community, please contact the Wyoming Division of Victim Services at 307-777-7200.