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SNAP Toll Free Hotline Number Spoofed By External Entity

posted Sep 8, 2015, 6:44 AM by Jill Andersen

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 Jill Andersen

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         
        (Johnson),
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 Jill Andersen

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.

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT RULES

posted May 5, 2015, 8:37 AM by Jill Andersen

STATE OF WYOMING
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

Public Notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services intends to amend the following rule:

Child Support Enforcement 

Chapter 10 Section 2(a)

Pursuant to Enrolled Act No. 39, the Department of Family Services finds it necessary to amend Chapter 10 Section 2(a) of the Child Support Enforcement Program rules to state: CSE may administratively suspend an obligor’s driver’s license if the obligor has an arrears balance of at least $2,500 and a full monthly payment has not been made within 90 days. 

Copies of the proposed rule may be 
obtained upon request from the Department of Family Services
at the address below:

The public comment period is May 5, 2015 – 
June 18, 2015.

Written comments should be submitted to:

Jodi Nuss
Child Support Enforcement 
Department of Family Services
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building 5th Floor Ste C
Cheyenne, WY  82002

A public hearing on the rules 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 department 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 adoption. 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 30 days after the amendment of these rules.  Requests shall be submitted to the above address.  If requested, the statement will be issued by the Department within 30 days after the Department action.

Public Notice to Adopt Plan Governing the Weatherization Assistance Program

posted Apr 24, 2015, 4:10 PM by Jill Andersen   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 4:10 PM ]

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 in Cheyenne at the Department of Family Services, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 3rdFloor conference room #379 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015.    Comments in advance of the public hearing may be emailed to dfslieap@wyo.gov.  They may also be faxed to 307-347-6184. A copy of the grant application/state plan may be viewed at http://dfsweb.state.wy.us. 

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

Public Notice for Proposed POWER Rules

posted Apr 24, 2015, 8:05 AM by Jill Andersen   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 8:11 AM ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED RULES


STATE OF WYOMING
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
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 Senate Enrolled Act 0081 from the 2015 General Session, W.S. §42-2-103 (e) (iv). 

Copies of the proposed rules may be obtained upon request from DFS at the address below. 

The public comment period is from April 24, 2015 and end June 8, 2015.  

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 specific.  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.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program – Applications Accepted Through February 28

posted Feb 27, 2015, 10:09 AM by Jill Andersen

The application deadline for the current Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is February 28, 2015.  LIEAP is asking individuals to think about those around them who might qualify for assistance with their heating bill.  Households qualify based on number of occupants and income.  Typical recipients include, but are not limited to, those households with small children, those with disabilities and the elderly.  

Wyoming’s Department of Family Services urges low-income families and those on fixed incomes to apply for assistance now as the cold weather continues.  DFS also urges those who applied and did not receive assistance in previous years to apply again as income guidelines have changed.

LIEAP is a federally-funded program designed 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 get eligible homes weatherized which can significantly lower the energy costs and improve the comfort, health and safety of homeowners.

Income guidelines are included in the complete application packet which is available athttp://dfsweb.state.wy.us.  Applications may also be requested by calling the LIEAP office at 1-800-246-4221, or by sending an email request to lieapinfo@thealignteam.org. Applications are also available at all local Department of Family Services (DFS) offices, Senior Centers, and other local partnering agencies. 

Applicants should mail completed applications and supporting documents to:
P.O. Box 827, Cheyenne, WY 82003; fax them to 307-778-3943; or email them tolieapinfo@thealignteam.org

Wyoming Girls' School Featured Nationally for Educational Excellence

posted Feb 23, 2015, 9:23 AM by Jill Andersen   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 9:31 AM ]

Wyoming Girls' School Featured Nationally for Educational Excellence
Teachers transform culture to achieve breakthrough in blended learning

For kids entering correctional treatment facilities, education will determine whether they eventually graduate high school and move on to a successful life. This fact has a lot of juvenile justice experts taking a closer look at the Wyoming Girls' School in Sheridan.

This week, Marketplace, an affiliate of National Public Radio, will broadcast a series of articles highlighting the success of the Wyoming Girls' School in transforming the culture of their classrooms. Teachers at the juvenile facility in Sheridan are being recognized for their breakthrough in combining technology and traditional subjects with help from the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). 

The series was posted this morning on the Marketplace website, and you can find it at Marketplace, Learning Curve.

"This is a remarkable piece," said CEEAS Director David Domenici, referring to the Marketplace segment. "It highlights how a small team of teachers and school leaders decided to challenge the out-of-date notion that you can't use the Internet effectively and safely inside secure care facilities."
To listen to the broadcast on the Marketplace website, go to www.marketplace.org

Segments are scheduled to air on NPR's afternoon and evening Marketplace broadcasts. Clips from the production are also scheduled to air on NPR's BBC news program Wednesday evening. To listen to that broadcast, you can go to go to Marketplace, Learning Curve or to www.npr.org

The Marketplace twitter conversation can be followed by going to the Learning Curve website and looking for the hashtags near the lower part of the Marketplace, Learning Curve pages.

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The Wyoming Girls’ School, a residential, education and treatment facility for youth, has been in continuous operation in Sheridan since 1923. For more information on this release, please contact Chris Jones, Superintendent, at chris.jones@wyo.gov, Tony Lewis at tony.lewis@wyo.gov (307-777-3798) or David Domenici, CEEAS, ddomenici@ceeas.org202-643-3804

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