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22nd Annual White Cane Walk

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Vocational Rehabilitation Division (DVR) is holding its 22nd Annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The sighted public is encouraged to participate. Due to Tropical Storm Ana in October, the annual event was rescheduled.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Director, Patricia McManaman announced that Governor Abercrombie approved and signed temporary emergency rules that maintain the status quo for receipt of state-funded medical assistance benefits by noncitizens, including citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (COFA residents). The temporary emergency rules have been filed with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and shall remain in effect for up to 120 days. The rules can be reviewed in full on the DHS website at

Attorney General David M. Louie and Director of Human Services Patricia McManaman jointly announced today that a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court validates the state’s authority to determine the level of health care coverage provided to noncitizens who are ineligible for federal Medicaid. The high court’s decision also confirms that the state did not discriminate when it exercised that authority in 2010.

22nd Annual White Cane Walk

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Vocational Rehabilitation Division (DVR) is holding its 22nd Annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk to demonstrate the importance of the white cane to blind and visually impaired communities. The white cane empowers blind and visually impaired individuals with independence, freedom and confidence.

The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has been awarded a federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) bonus of $915,580 for the most improved Program Access Index (PAI) for fiscal year 2013. This is the second consecutive year, and third time overall, that Hawaii has been recognized for its program improvements.

Throughout the month of October, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its second 2014-2015 Preschool Open Doors (POD) program. Applications received between Oct.1 and Oct. 31, 2014 will be considered for POD participation from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015.

DHS Released from Federal Injunction

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) has successfully closed a February 2011 class action lawsuit for failure to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits within timeframes outlined by federal law. To address the application backlog, BESSD developed and implemented the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) project, which converted the former Case Management system to a Process Management system.

The Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) has organized a week-long set of trainings titled “Housing First System and Practice Implementation,” being held from Sept. 8 to 12, 2014, in Honolulu and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The federal Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), which administers states’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, has extended Hawaii’s reimbursement deadline for food spoiled during Tropical Storm Iselle. The new deadline is Aug. 30, 2014

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