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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 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

SNAP Toll Free Hotline Number Spoofed By External Entity

posted Sep 8, 2015, 6:44 AM by vfe_dfs_jill.andersen@wyo.gov

There have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number1-800-221-5689.  The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has “spoofed” the SNAP toll free information hotline number is not affiliated with FNS or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls from 1-800-221-5689, you may file a complaint with the FCC. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ for more information on identity theft.

Public Notice: Low Income Energy Assistance Program

posted Aug 21, 2015, 12:24 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 12:33 PM ]

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 in Casper at 851 Werner Court, Suite 121  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.  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.  A copy of the state plan may be viewed at http://dfsweb.state.wy.us.  Questions may be directed to Brenda Ilg at (307) 347-6181, extension 34. A copy of the plan is available by clicking here

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits available for Johnson and Niobrara Counties

posted Aug 18, 2015, 2:11 PM by vfe_dfs_jill.andersen@wyo.gov

The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has announced that the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is available for residents of Johnson and Niobrara Counties who suffered impacts related to the early June flooding.  DFS will accept applications beginning August 24, 2015 through August 28, 2015 in Lusk and Buffalo, Wyoming DFS offices.

D-SNAP provides temporary food assistance for households affected by a natural disaster.  D-SNAP provides one month of benefits to eligible disaster survivors and can facilitate the issuance of supplemental SNAP benefits for current SNAP recipients.  D-SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food for human consumption, but cannot be used to buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco or non-food items.

Residents do not need to be current recipients of the SNAP program to apply for or be eligible for Disaster SNAP.

Residents do not need to register with FEMA to be eligible for this program.  If you suffered  disaster related costs, you may be eligible.  

Residents of one of the two affected counties who would not be eligible under the regular SNAP rules may qualify temporarily if:  
•    They had un-reimbursed disaster-related expenses, or
•    They had a loss or reduction of income as a result of the disaster.  

Some residents who currently receive SNAP may be eligible for supplemental benefits. If you did not request a replacement for June benefits, you must complete an affidavit for supplemental benefits. A supplement will automatically be added to the EBT card of current SNAP recipients who completes an affidavit. Affidavits are available at the Lusk and Buffalo DFS offices, online at dfsweb.state.wy.us, or you may request one by mail by contacting the Lusk or Buffalo DFS offices.

Residents who were impacted by the disaster can apply for DSNAP program at the following offices from August 24, 2015 through August 28, 2015, hours of operation M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm:

Buffalo Department of Family Services
381 N. Main Street
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834
(307) 684-5513

Lusk Department of Family Services
905 S. Main Street
Lusk, Wyoming 82225
(307) 334-2153

For more information on program eligibility or to apply for assistance, please contact the Buffalo or Lusk DFS office.

Please bring the following items with you when applying for Disaster SNAP:
Proof of identity for person applying such as driver’s license or other picture ID,
Proof of residence in the affected county at the time of the disaster,
Proof of assets such as checking and savings accounts as of 6/04/15 (Niobrara) & 6/03/15         
Proof of all income received between 6/04/15-7/03/15 (Niobrara) & 6/03/15 - 7/02/15 (Johnson). 
        Examples: wage stubs or self-employment ledger, and
Verification of  disaster related expenses paid between 6/04/15-7/03/15 (Niobrara) & 6/03/15 - 
        7/02/15 (Johnson). Examples: home or business repairs, evacuation expenses, temporary 
        shelter expenses, disaster related pet boarding fees, clean-up items, disaster damaged vehicle 
        expenses & storage expenses. 
*If you do not have any or all of the items listed above, you may still apply for Disaster SNAP benefits.
Persons who purposely provide false information on a D-SNAP application may be denied benefits and legal action may be taken.

All D-SNAP applications will be checked for duplication.  If you violate the D-SNAP rules, you may be disqualified from the program, fined up to $250,000 and/or put in jail for up to 20 years.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Low Income Energy Assistance Program – LIEAP information available in webinar format

posted Aug 14, 2015, 2:32 PM by vfe_dfs_jill.andersen@wyo.gov

In preparation for the upcoming season, the Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is offering two webinars at no cost.  The webinars are designed to provide assistance to fuel vendors, LIEAP applicants and those who might be assisting applicants. 
Take It From the Top - a general overview of LIEAP – will be offered on Tuesdays at noon beginning on July 28 and will run at that same day and time through September 22.
Digging Deeper - detailed instructions on completing the LIEAP application – will be offered on Wednesdays at noon beginning August 12 and run at that same day and time through September 23.
Interested parties may register or view a recorded version of the webinar on the Department of Family Service’s LIEAP webpage at http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/economic-assistance/lieap. 
Whether you provide LIEAP-related services, use LIEAP funds for your own home, or work with folks that use LIEAP funds, you'll find one or both of these 30 minute webinars helpful.  
The purpose of the LIEAP program is to help low-income families and people on fixed incomes pay their heating bills during the winter months. LIEAP approval may also result in approval to have eligible homes weatherized which can significantly lower the energy costs and improve the comfort, health and safety of those homes.  Applications are accepted from October 1 through the end of February.
Click Here for the schedule.

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