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Public Notice Regarding Wyoming Energy Assistance Program

posted Aug 18, 2016, 7:26 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 7:26 AM ]


Notice is hereby given of the intent of the Department of Family Services to adopt a plan governing the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.  The grant application/state plan establishes standards for the delivery of the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and includes provisions related to program administration, determination of eligibility, applicant rights, quality assurance, and program personnel.  A public hearing will be held at the Ramkota Hotel, 800 N. Poplar, North Ballroom, Casper, Wyoming  82601 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  Advance written comments may be forwarded to LIEAP, Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, Wyoming 82401.  Comments may also be emailed to dfslieap@wyo.gov.   Comments must be received no later than August 31, 2016. A copy of the state plan may be requested for review at dfslieap@wyo.gov , or by calling (307)-347-6181, ext. 34.  A copy will also be available at the public hearing. Questions may be directed to Brenda Ilg at (307) 347-6181, extension 34.

Public Notice of DFS Child Care Rule Changes

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:23 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 7:45 AM ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED RULES 
THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES

Public notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services is amending the following rules:

Chapter 1, General Provisions, Rules for Certification of a Family Child Care Home (FCCH) and Family Child Care Center or Child Care Center 
Chapter 2, Certification Procedures
Chapter 3, Denial, Non-Renewal
Chapter 4, General Requirements
Chapter 5, Family Child Care Homes
Chapter 6, Family Child Care Centers
Chapter 7, Child Care Centers
Chapter 8, Health and Sanitation of Child care Facilities
Chapter 9, Health and Sanitation, Administrative Rules (Repealed)


In addition to clarification and reductions, the proposed amendments include, but are not limited to:  more frequent Central Registry and background checks, changes to disqualifying offenses, addition of a review process for rehabilitation determination, restriction of issuance of a license if staff or household members with disqualifying offenses reside in an in-home facility, changes to training requirements, chapters have been consolidated, use of certain equipment has been restricted and facility reporting requirements have been changed..

Written comments must be submitted to the following address no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 1, 2016:


DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
ATTN: Nichole Anderson
2300 Capitol Ave 3rd Floor
CHEYENNE, WY 82002

An individual who comments on the rules may request that the agency provide a statement of principal reasons for overruling the individual’s comments.  If requested, the Statement will be issued either prior to or within thirty (30) days after agency action.

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 should be directed to the agency at the above address by the date specified.  Notice of hearing will be provided to all persons making a timely request therefore and providing a legible mailing address.


Notice of DFS Child Care Rule Changes

posted Jul 15, 2016, 1:41 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 2:27 PM ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED RULES

Public notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services intends to act on the
following rules:   Child Care, Purchase of Service, Chapter 1

1. Definitions were clarified; revised and unnecessary definitions were
2. In order to comply with federal regulations, information about
3. Allow clients to change child care providers six (6) times within 12
4. In order to comply with federal regulations, allow Temporary Job Search
5. In order to comply with federal regulations, allow up to 12 months of child
6. In order to comply with federal regulations, to qualify as a child care
7. In order to comply with federal regulations, a fingerprint based national
8. In order to comply with federal regulations, a Wyoming Central Registry
9. Repealed Appendix C as redundant to Federal Law 

Copies of the proposed rules may be requested at the address below or are available on
the internet at the following links:

1. Child Care Purchase of Service, General (Strikeout/Redline Version)

Written or oral comments must be submitted to the following address no later than 5:00 
p.m. on August 30, 2016:

DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
ATTN: Eve Barela
2300 Capitol Ave 3 rd Floor
CHEYENNE, WY 82002

An individual who comments on the rules may request that the agency provide a
statement of principal reasons for overruling the individual’s comments. If requested, the
Statement will be issued either prior to or within thirty (30) days after agency action.

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 should be directed to the
agency at the above address by the date specified. Notice of hearing will be provided to
all persons making a timely request therefore and providing a legible mailing address.

Public Notice, DFS Social Services

posted Jul 6, 2016, 12:46 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Jul 6, 2016, 12:55 PM ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR THE PROPOSED 
COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM PLAN 
OF THE PROTECTIVE SERVICES DIVISION WITHIN THE 
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES, STATE OF WYOMING

Public notice is hereby given that the Social Services Division within the Department of Family Services intends to act on the Comprehensive Annual Social Services Program Plan. A copy of the plan will be made available at the website http://sites/google.come/a/wyo.gov/dfsweb. 

This plan describes the social services that will be made available through the Department for the federal fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016.
Each year since 1975, the Protective Services Division within the Department of Family Services has published a proposed plan for social services, solicited comments and published a final plan, which then becomes the operational plan for the year.

Written comments shall be submitted to the following address no later than August 1, 2016 to:

Sara Serelson, Program Analyst
Department of Family Services/Social Services Division
2300 Capitol Ave. 
Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6348

A plan will be formulated taking into consideration any comments received. The plan is being forwarded to the Department of Health and Human Services as the plan for the State of Wyoming for the period October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.  If any comments should be presented by August 1, 2016 a revised plan will be sent.  Audits for prior federal fiscal years can be obtained from the Office of State of Wyoming Auditor’s Office or from the following website:


For the purpose of this plan an adult is defined as anyone 18 years of age and older.  A child is defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.

Early Childhood Conference

posted Apr 26, 2016, 10:36 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 11:09 AM ]

Registration for the 2016 Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference sponsored by WYECA is now open.  

Please follow this link for information and registration.  On the registration page you will be able to access a list of presenters and the days they will be presenting.  A final conference agenda will be sent out closer to the conference.  

Workshops will be offered Thursday Friday and Saturday with daily registration required.  Cost of attendance is as follows: 
Thursday $10
Friday $20 
Saturday $20 

August 4th 
Registration 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Workshops 1:00-2:50 & 3:00-4:50 pm

August 5th 
Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am 
Workshops 8:00-9:50, 10:00-11:50 am, 1:00-2:50 pm & 3:00-4:50 pm

August 6th 
Registration 7:00-8:00 am
Opening General Session 8:00-10:00 am 
Workshops 10:00-11:50 am1:00-2:50 & 3:00-4:50 pm 

Please follow this link to access the registration page. 
If you have additional questions please contact 
Penny Hotovec at penny.hotovec@wyo.gov or Tania Trujillo at tania.trujillo.wyo.gov

Wyoming POWER Program, Public Notice

posted Apr 26, 2016, 8:23 AM by Tony Lewis

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
STATE OF WYOMING
POWER PROGRAM

Public Notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services (DFS) intends to amend the following rules: Personal Opportunities With Employment Responsibilities (POWER) Rules

Chapter 1
DFS shall amend Chapter 1 of the POWER Rules pursuant to House Enrolled Act 0043 from the 2016 Budget Session, Wyoming Statute § 42-2-109(b) and § 42-2-202(d)(v). Copies of the proposed rules may be obtained upon request from DFS at the address below. The public comment period is from April 29, 2016 and end June 13, 2016.  

Written comments shall be submitted to:

Corrine Livers, POWER Program
Department of Family Services
104 W. 14th Street Powell, WY  82435

A public hearing on the rules will be held by DFS if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less then twenty-five (25) members.  Requests for a hearing should be directed to DFS at the address above by the date specified.  Any person may urge the agency not to adopt the rules and also request the agency to state its reasons for overruling the consideration urged against the POWER program.  Interested parties may request a statement of DFS’ position regarding each comment and the action taken as a result of the comments prior to, or within 30 days after the amendment of these rules.  Requests shall be submitted to the above address. If requested, the statement will be issued by DFS within 30 days after the DFS’ action.

Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program

posted Apr 26, 2016, 8:13 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 8:19 AM ]

Notice is hereby given of the intent of the Department of Family Services to adopt a plan governing the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). 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 inCheyenne at the Department of Family Services, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 3rd floor conference room #379 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016 and in Worland at the Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, 82401, conference room (check in at front desk) from 8:30-9:30 a.m., May 2, 2016. Comments in advance of the public hearing may be emailed to dfslieap@wyo.govThey may also be faxed to 307-347-6184. A copy of the grant application/state plan may be viewed at 


Questions may be directed to the WAP Program Manager, dfslieap@wyo.gov.

Public Comment invited for Energy Assistance Program

posted Apr 13, 2016, 9:29 AM by Tony Lewis

Invitation for Public Comment

The Wyoming Department of Family Services is requesting Public Comment on a waiver to the FFY 2016 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 up 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, 2016.

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

Public Hearing on Child Care Development Fund

posted Apr 6, 2016, 3:16 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 4:12 PM ]

The Department of Family Services will be taking public comment on the state's  Child Care Development Fund 3-Year State Plan beginning April 6, 2016 through April 26, 2016.  The proposed Child Care Development Fund 3-Year State Plan can be accessed on the Department of Family Services website (DFSWeb.CCDF.PrePrint)

CCDF assists low-income families in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education. The program also improves the quality of child care, and promotes coordination among early childhood development and afterschool programs. More informaiton can be found about this federal grant at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/resource/child-care-and-development-fund

The hearing will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.  It will take place by teleconference, and anyone can call in at 1-877-886-9291, please use access code:  837479#

Wyoming Boys' School Schedules PREA Audit

posted Feb 25, 2016, 9:59 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Feb 25, 2016, 10:03 AM ]

Public Notice: Prison Rape Elimination Act Audit Scheduled

The Wyoming Boys' School will be undergoing an audit for compliance with the United States Department of Justice's National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) for Juvenile Facilities commencing April 13th through April 15th, 2016. Any person with information relevant to this compliance audit may confidentially* correspond with the auditor via the following address:

Natasha Shafer
DOJ Certified PREA Auditor
P.O. Box 110993 Aurora, CO 80042-0993

*CONFIDENTIALITY - All correspondence and disclosures during interviews with the designated auditor are confidential and will not be disclosed unless required by law. There are exceptions when confidentiality must be legally broken. Exceptions include, but are not limited to the following:

• If the person is an immediate danger to her/himself or others (e.g. suicide or homicide)

• Allegations of suspected of child abuse, neglect or maltreatment

• In legal proceedings where information has been subpoenaed by a court of 
appropriate jurisdiction

Please Note:  The Wyoming Girls' School has also recently completed a successful federal audit of the act with recommendations and requirements. The report is available at the following link:  WGS PREA Audit

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