Missouri Department of Social Services

Politics & Issues
5:35 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Audit Calls For Closer Scrutiny Of Low-Income Families On Aid

State Auditor Tom Schweich issued an audit of all state spending fueled with federal money; the Department of Social Services came under the most criticism.
Provided by the auditor's office

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.

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  Social Services has failed to document that some low-income families are eligible for the federal aid they’ve been receiving.

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Other News
4:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

DSS Contractor Mistakenly Mails Personal Info

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Personal information for more than 25,000 Missourians in the state’s managed health plan went out to the wrong mailing addresses.

The Department of Social Services announced Monday that one of its MO HealthNet  contractors, Infocrossing Inc., sent the information out between December 2009 and June of this year.

It included full social security numbers for at least half of the people affected, and the last four digits for the rest.

MO HealthNet, the state’s Medicaid program under DSS, has sent out written notices to those affected by the mailing error.

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Govt. Efficiency
6:32 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Criticize Requirement That DSS Workers Must Also Provide Voter Registration Services

Mo. House Interim Committee on Government Responsiveness & Efficiency meets at the State Capitol on Aug. 26, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has again come under the microscope of an interim legislative committee looking into whether state agencies are operating efficiently.

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Govt. Efficiency
7:25 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Hearings Begin Into Efficiency Of Dept. Of Social Services & Other Mo. State Agencies

Mo. House Interim Committee on Government Responsiveness & Efficiency holds first day of hearings at Mo. Capitol on July 22, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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.

The hearings began with a critique of the Missouri Department of Social Services.  Dan Amsden with the group Spending Oversight Council testified that DSS officials are doing a poor job of preventing non-eligible people from receiving welfare benefits, and of tracking those who no longer need them.

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Dept. of Social Services
6:28 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mo. House Interim Committee Will Examine Dept. Of Social Services, Other State Agencies

Mo. Rep. Sue Allen (R, Town and Country)
Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.

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State Audit
7:00 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mo. Audit Gives 'Poor' Rating To Management Of Early Childhood Fund Grants

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich. (via Office of the Auditor)
State Auditor's office

The management of an early childhood fund by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has received a "poor" rating in a state audit released Monday.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (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.

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Mo. Dept. of Social Services
1:45 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mo. Social Services Director Freeman Resigns After 5 Months

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Alan Freeman is stepping down as Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, after only five months on the job.

Last December, Freeman left his job as President and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers in St. Louis to take over the state's Social Services department.  A press release from Governor Nixon's office states that Freeman is leaving to return to his former position at Grace Hill.  No reason was given for the decision.

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