oklahoma department of human services

Plan For Child Care And Development Fund Released

Jun 14, 2021

A state agency is seeking comment on how to support working families with child care. 

Oklahoma Department of Human Services has completed a draft of its Child Care and Development Fund program plan.

 

CCDF is federal funding given to states to support low-income working families with child care. 

 

This morning a meeting for public comment was held. 

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Thousands of Oklahoma families who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will not have their pandemic emergency allotments cut off on June 30 as previously announced, state and federal officials said Friday. 

Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) announced in a news release that her office had worked in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to secure the extension.

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As Oklahoma lawmakers start to consider this session’s budget bills, a Senate panel advanced a proposal Friday to institute a five-year waiting period for new state residents in need of comprehensive services for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

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Oklahoma's system of public assistance programs can be "complicated and unpredictable" for low-income residents who depend on it, according to a new report.

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The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on Oklahoma’s child welfare system.

The pandemic initially diverted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ attention from improvements needed to help kids in foster care with multiple needs, like health and behavioral issues. There was a need for the agency to suddenly shift social workers to telework and scale back in-person visits.

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says that residents who owe back payments for child support may have their federal coronavirus stimulus and unemployment checks intercepted by the U.S. Treasury.

According to Human Services spokesperson Jeff Wagner, a 1996 federal law prohibits the state from interfering with the seizure of funds issued to those owing child support payments.

"Oklahoma Human Services doesn’t have the authority under federal or state law to circumvent or redistribute the intercepted money in any way," Wagner said.