Adult Services/Work First Employment - Carolyn McKoy, Supervisor|
The Social Workers in the Adult Services Unit provide intensive social work assistance to clients and their families who have serious and complicated social, economic, emotional and mental problems. The "Services" programs are designed to protect those in need of assistance and who are not competent to provide adequately for themselves. The Service Programs include:
Children Services Unit - Susan Moss, Supervisor
Children's services consist of an array of legally mandated services with the primary purpose of protecting children and ensuring that they have a safe, permanent home. These services are provided by highly trained and motivated Social Workers performing the following duties: Intake, Child Protective Services Investigation, Child Protective Services Case Management, Foster Care and Adoptions. Whatever discrete services that are needed to meet our objective are provided to children and families.
Income Maintenance Programs - Judy Locklear, Supervisor
The "means based" elgibility programs of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Programs Integrity Units are located within this section.
Food Stamp Program - Sheffie Turner, Supervisor
The Food Stamp Program is designed to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the nation's population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households. The Food Stamp Program is authorized by the Food Stamp Act of 1977. The North Carolina State Division of Social Services provides policies and procedures as well as the responsibility of supervising and administering the program through the Local County Departments of Social Services. Hoke County Food Stamp Recipients are currently able to utilize their benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) which is a "debit care" that is issued rather than the older, more traditional, paper food and stamp coupons.
Medicaid Program - Linda Balfrey, Supervisor
The Medicaid Unit is comprised of two sub-units, one of which serves the needs of the adult disabled or aged population, including nursing home and rest home placement. The other unit addresses the needs of intact families, deprived children, and pregnant women.
The purpose of the Medicaid Unit is to determine eligibility for those individuals who meet the income and reserve criteria as set forth by state and federal guidelines. These incomes and reserve limits can range anywhere from 100% to 200% of the federal poverty level, depending on the particular Medicaid program.
Medicaid pays for medical services only, and can be used in conjunction with other health insurance (including Medicare).
Eligibility guidelines are determined by federal and state government standards and are monitored by the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance.
The steps taken by the Child Support Agents involve LOCATION, ESTABLISHMENT OF PATERNITY (when necessary), ESTABLISHMENT OF A CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION (through the court system), and ENFORCEMENT of Child Support Orders issued by the court system. The Automated Collection Tracking System (ACTS), other computer-based enhancements, and emphasis by Federal and State Child Support Agencies are evolving into a program that facilitates locating and enforcing child support even across state lines.