Managed Care Update
This applies to all adoptive families who receive Adoption Assistance.
Effective January, 2017, Ohio is transitioning all children (foster and adopted) who are on Medicaid for health care to a managed care company. Custodial agencies will make the selection for children in their custody (temporary and permanent custody). For children who have been adopted, the adoptive family will be responsible for the selection.
In early November, families will be receiving notice of the change and will be encouraged to choose a managed care company for their child’s healthcare needs. Families will have 18 days to make a selection; otherwise they will be automatically assigned to a plan.
The managed care companies are Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Molina Health Care of Ohio, Paramount Advantage, and United Health Care Community Plan of Ohio. For more information go to http://www.ohiomh.com or call 800-324-8680.
If you have questions, please call Melani Jones at (330) 308-7753 or email her at Melani.Jones@jfs.ohio.gov.
Computer Systems Down
Our computer systems will be down on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Our workers will not be able to answer questions or work on any cases regarding public assistance or Medicaid.
Please avoid visiting or calling our office on July 29th for the above purposes unless it is your only option.
We are getting a new phone system today at noon (June 22, 2016.)
Please be patient while we work out the bugs. Thank You!
A discussion on the connections between drug abuse and child abuse.
News-Talk 1480 WHBC Canton Ohio
‘Canton’s Morning News with Pam Cook and Gary Rivers’
Monday, April 25, 2016 9:00 a.m.
Ohio Family Care Association
(OFCA)Resource Family Conference
The 2-day event is attended by over 150 families, child welfare workers, and leaders in Ohio’s public and private child welfare agencies. The conference theme for 2016 is “FAMILY GIVES US ROOTS AND WINGS.” which reflects on the strength children gain to blossom and soar when supported by strong stable families.
Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month
May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio, and we are spreading the word that “Fraud Costs All of Us.”
May is National Foster Care Month
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Go to the following website for more information:
Beginning February 1, 2016, phone calls regarding Food Assistance, Medicaid, and Cash Assistance programs will be answered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Access Tuscarawas Access Tuscarawas is a collection of local agencies focusing on improving access to healthcare in our community. Click here to go to their website. Click here to view and/or download the Community Directory document.
Access to their website and free, on-line screening tool. Click here to go to their website.
Home Energy Assistance Program – Winter Crisis HARCATUS Family Support Michele Lucas, Community Services Director Release date: December 18, 2014 The State of Ohio HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP) helps reduce heating expenses during the winter months. The HEAP Winter Crisis Program may help those households who have disconnect notices on their gas or electric bills and those that have less than a 10 day supply of fuel oil, propane, coal or wood. Income eligibility guidelines begin with $20,423 for one person and increases by $7,105 for each additional household member. No one should be cold this winter! If you or someone you know needs help to stay warm this winter, call HARCATUS Family Support Toll-Free Appointment Hot Line at 1-855-806-9650.
New Philadelphia City Health Department Pregnancy Testing – $10.00 MMR shots – Children and Adults – $10.00
Social Security Administration Beginning August 2014, they will no longer issue Social Security number printouts in their field offices. Beginning October 2014, they will stop providing benefit verification letters (proof-of-income), except in emergency situations. Click Here for Additional Details
Family Connections Building strong children and families All workshops are free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call the Tuscarawas County Extension Office. Click Here for more details
Birth Certificate Access for Ohio Adoptees Governor John Kasich signed Substitute Senate Bill 23 into law on December 19th. This new law gives 400,000 adult adoptees adopted between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates. Important Dates From the date of signing (12/19/13) there is a 15-month implementation period for the provisions in Sub SB 23: • On March 20, 2014 birthparents should be able to access the Contact Preference Form, the Redaction Form, and the Medical History Form. • On March 20, 2015 adoptees will be able to request their original birth certificates. Click Here for more information.
Medicaid and Private Health Insurance Obamacare or the Affordable Healthcare Act Are you currently receiving Medicaid? – Do nothing, it will continue for now. Are you looking for Medicaid coverage? – Go to the following website to apply online: www.benefits.ohio.gov – Call our agency at 330-339-7791 – Stop at our agency at: 389 16th Street SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 Do you need private health insurance and not Medicaid? – Go to the following website: www.healthcare.gov – Call: 1-800-318-2596
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Consumer Fact Sheet and Approved Providers – Click Here
Child protective workers carry agency-issued photo identification badges when making home calls. Staff identify themselves in phone conversations. Anyone questioning the identity of a visitor should request to see the identification badge. Anyone questioning the identity of a caller should ask for the name, phone number and phone extension of the caller and then contact the agency to ensure the validity of the information given. The agency phone numbers to call are 330-339-7791 and 1-800-431-2347.
Civil Rights Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the local County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or political beliefs.