FNS Approves Plan to Support Youngest SNAP Recipients

After extensive efforts to find an allowable approach, Georgia this week received federal approval to provide food benefits to our youngest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients for the 2021-22 school year. For children to qualify for this benefit, they must have been under age 6 at the start of the 2021-22 school year and SNAP-enrolled during the months of August 2021 through May 2022. Families of eligible children will receive about $30 dollars for each month they were eligible. 

Gov. Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, and DHS Announce Statewide Campaign to Recruit More Foster Parents

Governor Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Candice Broce today announced a new statewide marketing campaign to help recruit and retain more foster parents for youth in state custody.

Federal Government Extends PHE, Keeps Medicaid Eligibility Reviews on Pause until Mid-October

On Friday, the Biden Administration announced the official extension of the federal public health emergency (PHE) through October 13, 2022. During the PHE, state Medicaid agencies are required to continue health care coverage for all medical assistance programs, even if someone’s eligibility changes. To ensure all Georgia Medicaid recipients are informed when their coverage needs to be redetermined, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) and Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) continue to urge Medicaid recipients to update their account information and communication preferences.

State of Hope Launches Fifth Round of Application Requests

Georgia’s State of Hope (SOH) opened its fifth round of applications on Monday, June 20, 2022, and is seeking “big ideas” that will help children and family service providers, community members, families, and businesses create and sustain nurturing environments for healthy families.

Look Out for Text Message Requests to Prepare for Medicaid Eligibility Redeterminations

Georgia Medicaid recipients will soon receive one or more text messages from the Georgia Department of Human Services asking them to update their account information and communication preferences.

Georgia Medicaid Clients Asked to Update Account Information to Prepare for End of Federal PHE

The Georgia Department of Human Services is preparing for redeterminations of Medicaid beneficiary eligibility by asking all clients to update their account information.

Georgia Agencies Partner to Implement Innovative Child Welfare Mobile Solution

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) today announced the rapid implementation of an innovative mobile solution to help child welfare caseworkers manage cases more efficiently so they can better serve and engage families.

ICYMI: FNS Approves P-SNAP Benefits Through May 31, 2022

In case you missed it, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently approved a one-month transition time from May 1-31, 2022, for Georgia to phase out the supplemental, maximum allotment P-SNAP benefits some households have received since March 2020.

Expiration of Enhanced P-SNAP Benefits

Starting June 1, 2022, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will return to normal levels in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a one-month transition time this May for Georgia to go from pandemic to non-pandemic SNAP benefit levels.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for Cooling Opens April 1

This federally funded program assists low-income, elderly, and disabled Georgians with cooling bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers.

Broce Announces New Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Division of Aging Services

Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Candice L. Broce announced a change to the Department’s Division of Aging Services team.

Broce Promotes Burris to Executive Leadership

Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner Candice Broce proudly announced the promotion of Ann Burris to Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources.

Georgians Provide Gifts for Over 8,500 Children in Foster Care

The Clark's Christmas Kids program annually provides gifts for children in foster care based on their personalized wish lists.

Commissioner Broce Announces New Deputy Commissioner, State Programs & Human Resources

Breanna Thomas, who has served as the Department’s Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Operations since October, has been named Deputy Commissioner of State Programs & Human Resources.

Adoption-matching Pilot Launches in Georgia

Innovative technology connects families with children waiting for adoption.

Commissioner Broce Announces New DHS/DFCS Executive Leadership

Today, Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner and Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) Director Candice L. Broce announced a new, joint DHS/DFCS Executive Leadership team.

Gov. Kemp appoints Broce new DHS Commissioner

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed current DHS Commissioner Gerlda B. Hines to serve as the State Accounting Officer and he appointed Candice L. Broce as Commissioner Hines’ replacement.

3 Georgia Area Agencies on Aging earn awards for health, senior nutrition and dementia initiatives

Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services announces that three of Georgia’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) recently received awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies.

DHS Commissioner Hines appoints Lena Richardson to Georgia Council on Aging

Department of Human Services Commissioner Gerlda B. Hines announced the appointment of Lena Richardson to the Georgia Council on Aging today.

Gov. Kemp appoints Hines new DHS Commissioner

Current Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden was appointed last week to be Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Revenue. Hines has served as the DHS Chief of Staff since January 2019 and served as Interim Commissioner from November 2018 – January 2019.

Aging Services, Alzheimer’s Association call on Georgia to “go purple” for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services and the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are calling on all Georgians to show support for their fellow Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as the state observes Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

McDonough child support office moves to new location

The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) will serve Henry County residents from a new location beginning Monday, April 12.

DPH and DHS team up to help seniors get the COVID-19 vaccine

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are joining efforts to ensure vulnerable seniors get access to the COVID-19 vaccine. DPH, DHS and local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) will be helping older adults to sign up for and coordinate transportation services to vaccination appointments across the state.

State child support office to educate teens, young adults about responsible parenting with grant funds

Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) received $890,401 to develop a program that provides education to teens and young adults about the financial, legal and emotional responsibilities of parenthood.

Aging services to use $4.6 million grant to provide home-delivered meals to vulnerable adults

Georgia’s Division of Aging Services (DAS) will use grant funding to offer home-delivered meals to vulnerable adults. The $4.6 million grant, awarded by the Administration for Community Living, will allow Georgia to serve many adults who may not have previously received the agency’s services, but who now need additional assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.