DHHS Seeing Some Changes
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:24:44 EDT
Cheboygan and Presque Isle County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Acting Director Julie Waldron recently appeared before the Presque Isle County Commissioners to give an agency update.

After there was some controversy about the agency possibly not having an office in the county, Waldron said efforts continue to sign a long term five year lease, with two - five year extensions being available.

Waldron explained that in July, the agency had over 800 cases (806), with over 14 hundred recipients (1,452) that resulted in payments of over 1-hundred 56 thousand dollars ($156,734.00). That includes family independence, food assistance, disability, child development and emergency relief programs.

Waldron also mentioned that in January, the agency will be changing and streamlining some operational practices under the new "Mi Bridges" program. Application forms for assistance will be streamlined from 42 down to 18 pages as the number of questions and words were reduced by 80 percent.

A lot more services will be available on line where individual accounts can be checked, and in the future, there will be portals for local resources that can be used by anybody. Resources will also be linked to local 211 information after users take a short survey that coordinates resources to an individual. Information can also be provided so an individual can be contacted by a respective agency if they wish.

Another transformation in July 2018, the agency will move from one agent on one case to several individuals being involved depending on need.

And for child welfare cases, clients will have access to legal representation as of October 1st. Two attorneys have contracted with the state to work with clients in an effort to resolve potential conflicts of interest.


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Cheboygan - Presque Isle County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Acting Director Julie Waldron.

   

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