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Audio: Missouri intercepts $78 million in stimulus money from people who owe child support

Missouri has intercepted millions in stimulus money from people who owe child support.     The CARES Act passed by U.S. Congress last year allowed states to block the first stimulus payment to people who owed child support. Governor Parson’s office says the Missouri Legislature passed a bill during last November’s special session that allows […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee to take up Medicaid expansion sometime after state of state

The Missouri House Budget Committee will hold its first meeting of 2021 this week in Jefferson City. Brian Hauswirth reports Medicaid expansion discussion won’t happen until after the governor’s State of the State address.     The Missouri House has added a technical session on Friday, which will allow the Budget Committee to meet that […]

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Missourians who receive food stamps to have 15% increase through June

Missourians who get food stamps will have their benefit amount increased through June. The state Department of Social Services says federal legislation signed into law last month includes a 15% increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit. The chart below shows the new maximum monthly SNAP amount, including the 15% increase Missouri households […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Nearly $127 million in fiscal year 2021 funds released to the state of Missouri

Governor Mike Parson announced the release of $126,921,606 in previously restricted Fiscal Year 2021 funds, including $117,460,583 in general revenue.  “Thanks to our Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, we continue to outpace our economic recovery forecast, which is why were are able to release these funds today,” Governor Parson said. “This is great news for […]

Foster Care

Audio: Missouri social services workers develop plan to help more youth aging out of foster system

Four Missouri Department of Social Services workers have won a state government challenge for proposing a plan to support more foster children aging out of the system. Rene’ Brinkman, Shasta Miller, Bobbie Thomas, and Nicole Robinson head a unit in southeast Missouri helping older youth prepare to transition into independent adults. Brinkman says their plan […]

Child Care

Governor Parson announces $46 million in child care funding to support Missouri providers and working families

Governor Mike Parson announced $46 million in child care funding to ensure child care providers can support the needs of working Missouri families, especially those with low incomes during COVID-19. “In order for Missouri to be a strong and healthy state, we must deliver essential services and support the needs of our working families, especially […]

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Pilot program brings social services assistance to seven Missouri college campuses

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development has partnered with the Department of Social Services and seven of Missouri’s postsecondary institutions across the state to make social services easily accessible for college students and staff. This pilot program enables DSS to have a member of the department’s Family Support Division team on campus […]

Stop (Child) (Sexual) abuse

Kids reported abuse at schools where Missouri has no oversight. Lawmakers want to change that

(Missouri Independent) – Despite dozens of students coming forward sharing allegations of abuse they suffered at Christian reform schools across Missouri, the state Department of Social Services said Monday that they have no oversight over such facilities. That’s because they’re unlicensed — and allowed to be under a Missouri law that exempts facilities operated by religious organizations. […]

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‘Won’t be able to survive’: Childcare centers serving low-income Missourians face closure

(Missouri Independent) – Cortaiga Collins doesn’t know how much longer her childcare center will survive. Only about a dozen children have been attending regularly amid the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, she used to serve as many as 100.  She’s already had to reduce the hours that Good Shepherd Preschool and Infant/Toddler Center in St. Louis […]

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Audit of Medicaid Managed Care Program in Missouri finds millions wasted on Medicaid payments for ineligible beneficiaries

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released an audit of the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Medicaid Managed Care Program, which found system limitations that resulted in millions of dollars in potential overpayments on behalf of ineligible participants. “At a time when every dollar is being stretched to deliver vital services to Missourians, state government […]