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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) ...
Read More SNAP Beneficiaries May Request Reimbursement for Food Lost During Storm-Related Power Outages

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 ...
Read More The Department of Human Services Announces QUEST Integration

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.

On July 1, the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) will launch Imua Kakou, its new young adult voluntary foster care program designed to help young adults transition to adulthood, independence and self-sufficiency.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is quickly responding upon now learning that its mailing vendor, Cardinal Mailing Services, did not mail 4,582 Med-QUEST eligibility renewal packages in May. As a result of DHS’ immediate response, no individual will have an interruption to his or her health insurance coverage stemming from the mailing error.

The Department of Human Services (DHS), Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) has received a 2014 Global Case Management Award for Excellence in Social Services for its recently-deployed enterprise content management (ECM) and case management solution (CMS) that supports 22 distributed office locations across the islands. The Global Awards for Excellence in Case Management ...
Read More DHS Wins 2014 WfMC Global Award for Case Management