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FNS Saturday Update: Statewide Push Continues

 

For Immediate Release
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
              919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C. - As of Saturday morning, state and county workers had less than 200 FNS (food stamp) cases remaining to be processed statewide to meet the federal government's February 10 deadline to proce

DHHS staff are at work in Raleigh and others have been deployed to county DSS agencies and regional processing centers this weekend, providing over the shoulder support and processing assistance to county staff.

"As I have said before, the state and counties have put all hands on deck to get this work done," said Wayne Black, director of the DHHS Division of Social Services. "The cases that remain to be processed at this point are some of the most challenging. Our county partners are making every effort to reach out to individuals, including making home visits, to ensure that we are getting benefits to families who need them."

Black said he is optimistic that the state will satisfy the USDA's requirements for February 10 and is well-positioned to achieve compliance with federal processing timelines by the end of March.

Click here for FNS Daily Pending Applications - 2/8/14

Click here for FNS Daily Pending Recertifications - 2/8/14

NC FAST (Families Accessing Services through Technology) is a tool that will improve the way social services are administered in North Carolina, enabling county case workers to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time assisting families. By the end of the planned 5-year rollout of the system, NC FAST will replace 19 legacy systems used to deliver social service benefits, including FNS (food stamps), Medicaid, Work First and child care services. NC FAST will improve the state's 100 county social service agencies' ability to track cases, share information and coordinate services to provide more efficient and effective customer service.

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