March 28, 2007 – The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) is pleased to announce that the Ogeechee County Child Support Program will soon transition into a state-run Office of Child Support Services. The current Child Support program in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit is currently administered through a contract by the Bulloch County District Attorney.
March 28, 2007 - Through the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL), the Department of Human Resources is taking significant steps to ensure that callers get help, not just connected. While similar call centers around the country only feature an information and referral approach, GCAL actually allows callers to speak with clinicians at any time and appointments are scheduled on the spot.
March 26, 2007 – Bibb County parents who are behind on child support are being offered the opportunity to get back on track. This opportunity, appropriately named Amnesty Day, is being offered by the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and is extended to all parents with a child support case in Bibb County who are at least two months behind on their payments. For parents willing to clear up delinquencies, OCSS will be prepared to release licenses and liens, dismiss Contempt actions and possibly even pickup orders for significant purge payments.
March 15, 2007 - A town hall meeting is being held to discuss changes to Georgia’s new Medicaid vouchers for people with developmental disabilities. The Albany forum is one of seven town hall meetings scheduled across the state to discuss the new changes.
March 12, 2007 – Over the past few years, the number of children admitted into Georgia state hospitals has decreased by 50% due to an increase in community-based services administered by the Georgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD). National research states that children are better served within a community setting where there is little disruption to their lives.
March 9, 2007- The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public review period of Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), an early intervention program for at-risk babies. Through the public review period, individuals have an opportunity to provide feedback that will be used to help with the final analysis of the program.
March 9, 2007 - Georgia residents living with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are receiving a helping hand from the Georgia Department of Human Resources about the dangers, spread and prevention of the disease with an educational brochure titled “Living with MRSA: A Guide for Patients and Families”.
March 8, 2007 - Officials with the Georgia Department of Human Resources have announced that a disaster food stamp program has been set up to assist residents of Sumter County, where a tornado tore into the southwestern part of Georgia March 1st.
March 7, 2007 - Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States and in Georgia. The good news is most of these deaths can be prevented using available screening tests and treatments.
March 2, 2007ATLANTA (GA) – Most of us are aware of how deadly acute carbon monoxide poisoning can be. Few people, however, know that new research shows that low level, long-term exposure to carbon monoxide may lead to serious, chronic health problems. Furthermore, people who seemingly recover from an acute exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning may continue to experience severe health effects, including heart and brain damage; learning and memory impairments; emotional and personality effects; sensory and motor disorders.