Missouri Department of Social Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org en State Audit Calls For Closer Scrutiny Of Low-Income Families On Aid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-audit-calls-closer-scrutiny-low-income-families-aid <p>The Missouri Department of Social Services is the target of most of the criticism in state Auditor Tom Schweich’s latest audit of all state spending fueled with federal money.</p><p>Schweich’s report, released Monday, states that the department has failed to fix a problem cited in the last three audits. Auditors had determined that the Department of &nbsp;Social Services has failed to document that some low-income families are eligible for the federal aid they’ve been receiving.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:35:20 +0000 Jo Mannies 34699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Audit Calls For Closer Scrutiny Of Low-Income Families On Aid DSS Contractor Mistakenly Mails Personal Info http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dss-contractor-mistakenly-mails-personal-info <p>Personal information for more than 25,000 Missourians in the state’s managed health plan went out to the wrong mailing addresses.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Social Services announced Monday that one of its MO </span>HealthNet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &nbsp;contractors, </span>Infocrossing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Inc., sent the information out between December 2009 and June of this year.</span></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:38:17 +0000 Maria Altman 30117 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org DSS Contractor Mistakenly Mails Personal Info Mo. Lawmakers Criticize Requirement That DSS Workers Must Also Provide Voter Registration Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-criticize-requirement-dss-workers-must-also-provide-voter-registration-services <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://dss.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) </a>has again come under the microscope of an interim legislative committee looking into whether state agencies are operating efficiently.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:32:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29409 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Lawmakers Criticize Requirement That DSS Workers Must Also Provide Voter Registration Services Hearings Begin Into Efficiency Of Dept. Of Social Services & Other Mo. State Agencies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hearings-begin-efficiency-dept-social-services-other-mo-state-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days of hearings are underway by an interim House committee looking into how well state agencies in Missouri are delivering services to their clients.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:25:06 +0000 Marshall Griffin 28464 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hearings Begin Into Efficiency Of Dept. Of Social Services & Other Mo. State Agencies Mo. House Interim Committee Will Examine Dept. Of Social Services, Other State Agencies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-interim-committee-will-examine-dept-social-services-other-state-agencies <p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=110&amp;year=2013">Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones </a>(R, Eureka)&nbsp;has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:28:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27367 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Interim Committee Will Examine Dept. Of Social Services, Other State Agencies Mo. Audit Gives 'Poor' Rating To Management Of Early Childhood Fund Grants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-audit-gives-poor-rating-management-early-childhood-fund-grants <p>The management of an early childhood fund by the <a href="http://dss.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS)</a>&nbsp;has received a "poor" rating in a state audit released Monday.</p><p><a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/">State&nbsp;Auditor Tom Schweich</a> (R) said the Early Childhood Development, Education and Care Fund provided more than $170,000 to three child care facilities that failed to open or expand their facilities as planned.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:44 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27247 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Audit Gives 'Poor' Rating To Management Of Early Childhood Fund Grants Mo. Social Services Director Freeman Resigns After 5 Months http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-social-services-director-freeman-resigns-after-5-months <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alan Freeman is stepping down as Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, after only five months on the job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last December, Freeman left his job as President and CEO of <a href="http://www.gracehill.org/">Grace Hill Health Centers</a> in St. Louis to take over the state's Social Services department.&nbsp; A press release from Governor Nixon's office states that Freeman is leaving to return to his former position at Grace Hill.&nbsp; No reason was given for the decision.</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:45:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26560 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Social Services Director Freeman Resigns After 5 Months