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Gov. Ige Supports CWS

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Main, News

Gov. David Ige and his Chief of Staff Mike McCartney joined Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Pankaj Bhanot in a lively and candid discussion with Child Welfare Services (CWS) staff. Given recent media attention on the Social Services Division, the governor wished to meet with CWS staff to express his support and appreciation for ...
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Recently Ho‘opono students from two programs headed to the North Shore of O‘ahu and the east side of Hawai‘i Island. The two groups of students – one of adult learners and another of youth – proved full stop that blindness is not a barrier to success, whether on the ropes course, out on the trail ...
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Much like the corrections facility he manages, Mark Patterson requires you look deeper before you form your first opinions. Patterson, Warden of the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), may seem reserved and stoic on the surface, but his passion for transforming corrections into a way of healing will spark any room. His commitment to recreate ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2017 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) urges low- and moderate-income families to apply for Preschool Open Doors (POD) Program. DHS opened an additional application period, which will end next Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2017 Honolulu, HI – Individuals and families using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards may experience downtime from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. Consumers are asked to avoid making transactions during these morning hours. Consumers may resume regular use of their cards after 6 a.m. ...
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Partners in Care and Bridging the Gap announced the results of the 2017 Point-in-Time count. Results from the 2017 Hawaii Statewide Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) conducted on January 22, 2017 revealed the following information: ● 9% overall decrease in the numbers of homeless individuals from 7,921 persons in 2016 to 7,220 persons in 2017. ● 8% ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 Additional Open Application Period Begins May 1 for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an additional application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program and encourages families to apply between May 1 and May 31, 2017.  Applications received during ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Hawai‘i’s Medicaid Director Leads on National Stage HONOLULU, HI – Hawai‘i’s Med-QUEST Director Dr. Judy Mohr Peterson was named president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) board of directors last week. Dr. Mohr Peterson was elected to this leadership role by her fellow Medicaid directors from across ...
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Thank you Chair Green, Vice Chair Chang, Chair Tokuda, Senator Wakai, and Senator Harimoto for this opportunity to testify in support of my nomination for the Director of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS).  I am overwhelmed by this outpouring of aloha, love, and support for me.  I am very thankful to Governor Ige for ...
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Strategic Intention: Talking the Talk

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Main, News

Talking the Talk: Messaging ‘Ohana Nui Our ‘Ohana Nui initiative is based on the national framework and principles of 2Gen, which was developed by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Because DHS is leading the State of Hawai‘i in applying 2Gen principles, we have significant support and resources, including access to best practices that the Aspen ...
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