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I~ Wednesday, Feb. 21,2001 County News I I By Victoda Metcalf Staff Wdter Plumas County residents seeking forms of public assis- tance hit a five-year low in November, according to De- partment of Social Services Director Elliott Smart. That news came when Smart presented his quarterly report, ending Dec. 30, to the Plurnas County Board of Su- pervisors Feb. 13. "Application counts remain low," Smart said in his report. "November's count of 141 was the lowest recorded in five years. Requests for medical assistance account for one- third of the applications." Smart added that, in look- ing at the downward trend, cash assistance and food stamp cases continued to re- main at low levels. MediCal cases also showed a decline for the first time in 30 months. Investigation requests from Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services were also "staying at low counts," he said. Welfare to Work, Public Assistance Applications for October through December "equaled or fell below record low counts," Smart said about the past five years. Applications in October, 1996-97 were 293, compared to 155 in both 1999-2000 and this year; had November; 1996-97 232 compared to 141 this year; and December's count in- creased to 246, five years ago, and 188 this year. According to the informa- tion, the trend indicates an in- crease in medical assistance applications, but a decrease in cash assistance requests. "We have clearly reached a plateau in the continuing case count for CalWorks cash as- sistance," Smart told the board of supervisors. "Continuing job availability and a good economy have helped keep the cash assis- tance rolls low," he said. If the economy changes, however, Smart predicts some caseload growth could occur. In looking over the past few years, there was a record low of 168 cases last August. Th it's compared to the high- est point with 460 cases in February, 1996. This repre- sents a 63 percent reduction in cash-based public assistance cases. In further examining the CalWorks program, Smart said that, as the caseload de- clines, so does the total amount of monthly cash assis- tance. In July and August, 1997, II ontinuing job availabili- and a good economy have helped keep the cash as. sistance rolls low." Elliott Smart Social Services Director cash assistance exceeded "As we have reported in $200,000. In September and Oc- previous editions of Trends, tober, 2000, the amounts were the overall expectation is for $84,000 and $86,000. program growth," Smart said. CalWorks cash assistance is Under the County Medical a shared expense, Smart ex- Services Program (CMSP), the plained. Federal and state caseload remained relatively sources provide subventions even. totaling 95 percent of the total "The department believes cost of assistance in this cate that efforts to promote the gory. Plumas County's share MediCal program may also is 2.5 percent, compared to have some impact on case- 28.4 percent at the state level loads in this program in the and 69.1 percent at the federal future," Smart indicated in level, his report. According to estimates, the In looking at statistics from cost of assistance could have the last five years, the pro- been $gA4t3,945 had welfare re- gram has varied from just un- form not been enacted, Smart der 300 to more than 300 in said. Actual expenditures 1995-96, to a low of 213 in Octo- were $6,631,475. "Therefore, as ber, 2000. much as $2,852,470 was not spent on cash assistance." The Child welfare county's share was $71,312. Referrals for child abuse in- vestigation remained low for Food stamps the last quarter, compared to Low counts for food stamp last year. requests were also recorded "The department finds this for the last quarter. Although trend encouraging as an indi- September, 2000, was the low- cater of our overall communi- est recorded in the last five ty well-being," Smart said in years with 206 cases, numbers the report. didn't decrease by much. "It is important to note that Looking over the last five requests for investigation tak- years, the highest level of food en alone are not a reliable in- stamp requests came in Feb- dicator of the prevalence of ruary, 1996, with a high of 591. child abuse," he said. Smart told the board that And, some of the cases re- the state has initiated a cam- ported prove unfounded, paign to make California resi- Smart said. Quite often, it is dents aware of who may be el- one parent reporting the al- igible to receive food stamp leged activities of another par- benefits, ent, in marital disputes where With the outreach cam- children areinvolved. Palgn launched, Smart said he Comparing December, 2001, anticipates the number to to the previous year, there climb, were 28 cases reported com- pared to 41. In October, 2001, MediCal, CMSP 38 cases were reported; 30 "Continuing case counts were reported in November, reached an historic high 2001. count in July," Smart said. Then, 689 cases were reported. But, that number has since dropped to 586 cases in De- cember. Adult protection "During the past two quar- ters, there has been a signifi- cant decrease in requests," Y B We're sorry for the inconvenience, but we want to make our Quincy Branch better for YOU! I I Through February, we'll be getting : J new teller counters, carpeting, tile, , : computers, and much more. ' ' So please be patient! 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I IHSS Continuing Cases 250 200 223 223 220 219 2t9 218 .... .-, A A A & A t,4t 0 Department of Social Services Director EIIiott Smart shared the last with the Plums County Board of Supervisors. The chart shows the the program since 1997-98. Total ApPlications 1996/1997 1997/1998 1998/1999 1999/2000 2000/2001 Last November showed a five-year low of 141 applications for public assi~ assistance programs constitute over one-third of the total received. Smart said about referrals to quarter of 2000-2001. Adult Protective Services. During the second quarter, In4~me care there were 23 cases compared Cases continued to increase to 44 in 1999-2000, and 20 the in In-Home Supportive Ser- previous year. Twenty six cas- vices during the last quarter. es were reported in the first Both November and Decem- ber had 219 cases, reported 220 and September with 223 cases and slight dro~ at 218. 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