Kansas Department for Children and Families http://kmuw.org en Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better http://kmuw.org/post/governor-brownback-unveils-plan-improve-mental-health-care-some-say-he-could-do-better <p>Gov. &nbsp;Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, <a href="http://www.governor.ks.gov/media-room/media-releases/2014/05/27/governor-sam-brownback-announces-programs-to-strengthen-mental-health-delivery-in-the-state">among other things.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:54:08 +0000 Kate Clause & Jim McClean 35123 at http://kmuw.org Kansas DCF Creates Temporary Program To Help Those Who Rely On Propane For Heat http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-dcf-creates-temporary-program-help-those-who-rely-propane-heat <p>The Kansas Department for Children and Families--or DCF--has created a new, <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kmuw/files/emergency_propane_relief_news_release_2.3.14.pdf?__utma=103524762.1423373866.1383746745.1391520537.1391524257.272&amp;__utmb=103524762.88.7.1391524987889&amp;__utmc=103524762&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=103524762.1391274638.263.17.utmcsr=facebook.com|utmccn=%28referral%29|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/l.php&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=221839000">temporary program </a>to help people who rely on propane for home heating.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:36:36 +0000 Kate Clause 29783 at http://kmuw.org Kansas DCF Creates Temporary Program To Help Those Who Rely On Propane For Heat Kansas Will Stop Using Federal Grants To Sign People Up For Food Stamps http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-will-stop-using-federal-grants-sign-people-food-stamps <p>The Kansas Department for Children and Families will stop using federal grants to help low-income residents sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.</p><p>&quot;We simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare,&quot; said&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed. </span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:01:17 +0000 Associated Press 24611 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Childhood Poverty Group Releases Report http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-childhood-poverty-group-releases-report <p></p><p>A panel appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback is recommending several strategies for reducing childhood poverty, including strengthening marriages, improving educational opportunities and reforming welfare-to-work programs. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Associated Press 23071 at http://kmuw.org Waiver That Allowed 20,000 Kansans To Receive Food Stamps To Expire Oct. 1 http://kmuw.org/post/waiver-allowed-20000-kansans-receive-food-stamps-expire-oct-1 <p>A federal waiver that allowed about 20,000 unemployed Kansas residents to receive food assistance will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.</p><p>The Kansas Department for Children and Families says able-bodied adults with no dependents would need to work for at least 20 hours per week to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:39:32 +0000 Associated Press 22940 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ranked-16th-child-well-being-things-may-not-be-they-appear <p>Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's <a href="http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx">KIDS COUNT Data Book</a>. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:10:40 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19359 at http://kmuw.org Owe Child Support? State Is Ramping Up Efforts To Collect It http://kmuw.org/post/owe-child-support-state-ramping-efforts-collect-it <p>Contracts have been awarded to four vendors, who will take over the duties of child support collection in Kansas next September. State officials say those who avoid paying their obligations can expect a more aggressive approach.<br><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas Department for Children and Families spokeswoman Theresa Freed predicts the four contractors will increase the amount of child support collected in Kansas. She says the department projects an increase of $52 million dollars in collections over the three-year contract period.</span><br> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:29:16 +0000 Bryan Thompson 18984 at http://kmuw.org State Concerned About Welfare Benefits Being Spent On Gambling And Liquor http://kmuw.org/post/state-concerned-about-welfare-benefits-being-spent-gambling-and-liquor <p>The Kansas Department for Children and Families has announced a new initiative to cut down on and detect illegal use of state welfare benefits.&nbsp;<br><br>DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore says her department has hired additional staff to root-out fraud.<br><br>“We now have a director, full-time, devoted to anti-fraud efforts," she said. "There’s a chief investigator, two hotline administrative assistants and 16 fraud special investigators across the state.”<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:42:02 +0000 Stephen Koranda 17494 at http://kmuw.org