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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.

Juvenile Justice

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Main

Juvenile Justice in Hawaii To prevent delinquency and reduce the incidence of recidivism for youth-at-risk, the Hawaii State Legislature established the Office of Youth Services (OYS) in 1989 to provide and coordinate a continuum of services and programs in every county. The OYS is responsible for the administration of the federal juvenile justice and delinquency ...
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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).

Ho’opono Services for the Blind is a branch of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) that provides comprehensive and specialized services that meet the varied needs of consumers across the State who are blind, both deaf and blind, or visually impaired.  Services are provided free of charge regardless of race, ...
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