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

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) is opening four assistance offices for current SNAP beneficiaries on the east side of Hawaii Island. BESSD representatives will be stationed at the below locations Mondays –Fridays between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, through August 22. These sites will be closed Friday, August 15 for the Admissions Day holiday. They are: Hawaiian Shores Community Center; Nanawale Estates Community Association; Leilani Estates Community Center Association; and Hawaiian Paradise Park - Church of the Nazarene

Thousands of Hawaii households remain without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle this past weekend.  Most people affected by power outages reside on the east side of Hawaii Island.  Others are scattered across Oahu and Maui County. The Department of Human Services (DHS) reminds beneficiaries of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ...
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With grant support from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access to Farmers’ Markets throughout the State. The $57,000 Farmers’ Market Equipment Grant provides funding for free Electronic Benefit Terminals (EBT) and technical assistance to market managers interested in acquiring new EBT point-of-sale devices.

MSNBC Host, Ronan Farrow talks to DHS Director Patricia McManaman, and youth advocate, Noy Worachit, about what some supporters say is a game-changer for the foster care system.

The Department of Human Services Med-QUEST Division (MQD) is launching a more patient centric Medicaid program to better serve clients.  QUEST Integration effectively combines and replaces the QUEST and QUEST Expanded Access (QExA) programs. “The benefits of QUEST Integration include more health plan choices for aged, blind or disabled individuals, and a greater ability for ...
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Families that care for children placed with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare Service (CWS) Branch will receive a foster board pay increase, effective July 1, 2014. Called resource caregivers, families will receive their first increased payment in August.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) Enrollment Call Center is again open for business. As of 10:30 am Tuesday, July 16, six of eight call center lines are fully operational.

The phone line connecting callers to the Med-QUEST Division (MQD) Enrollment Call Center is currently experiencing difficulties.

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