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Pr~e~ve. Recor& Repo~er Social Services News Wednesday, Nov, 21, 2001 3B ~ps and CalWorks at a record, all- in Plumas County ) September. cases remained County De- Social Services report- trends to the Board of Su- long these trends remains to be economy contin- Smart said he the number of cas- out the quarter in Smart said cases continuing to drop began to potential exhaust other such as unemploy- its, before they stamps or the Bill Dennison icipates an in- Pines work- laid off, use up of Social recorded another case during cash plained. ember, 149 cases Served, a 67 per- from 455 cases 1997. the decrease, it shows that for- are able to find despite the slow- number of cas- was recorded With 177 partici- that in this area, OUnty is spending than nearly in the state. of the savings, the state awarded the department $225,000. Those funds are used to keep people employed. When questioned about be- ing rewarded for the savings, Smart said that because Plumas County's department of social services is so small, ff the state took away the un- used portion of funds not re- quired, it would mean cutting staff in the department. Smart said there is a long- standing agreement with the state to not penalize smaller counties where the elimina- tion of one person is a particu- lar hardship. "That was particularly good news for me to receive," he said. Food stamps "The food stamp case count has reached another all-time low count," Smart said. The count is the lowest in six years, with 173 cases. "As with the CalWorks pro- gram counts, the continuing decline is unexpected, but suggests that county residents are continuing to move to- ward serf-sufficiency without public assistance," Smart said. At the end of the first quar- ter, the department experi- enced its highest caseload in 2001, with 257 cases. As with CalWorks recipi- ents, Smart anticipates that, as residents use up other re- sources, they will turn to food stamps and the numbers will increase. Dennison asked if it was the same people applying for as- sistance. Smart responded that some of the people are the same ones, some are new clients. MediCal While the department of so- cial services originally antici- pated higher numbers of par- ticipants in MediCal, and weren't disappointed in the first few years of the program, participation has leveled off. "My expectation, was to see that continue to go up," Smart said. Smart explained that one of the problems his department experienced in attempting to increase the number of resi- dents who are receiving Med- iCal is the mail-in application process. Smart said a significant number of potential clients are requesting the form, but not completing the process. Smart said that in October 2001, the department had to deny 31 applications because clients didn't follow up with submitted required forms. In the past, getting resi- dents without insurance cov- erage signed up for the pro- gram was of top concern. County medical The County Medical Ser- vices Program experienced a record high in March with 250 cases. Since then, the caseload has declined, with 207 partici- pants recorded in September. This number represents the lowest count in nearly five years, Smart said. Child welfare Referrals for the investiga- tion of child abuse remained comparatively low through September, Smart told the board. He said the requests for in- vestigation are staying low. Forty-seven foster care chil- dren were in the system at the close of September. "This is a welcome reduc- tion from the high count of 54 children that had been noted in June," Smart said. "And while reduced from prior months, the count for this program still bears watch- ing." Of the number of children placed in care, 20 were actual- ly in relative care, meaning they have been placed with a Open at End of iqonth AIFD~CalWOIrI~ Cases 401 35O 300 2 25 2,50 246 200 176 150 149 100 Z PDW/J ~7 Z ~?/~ ~ Z LiOS~r ~ Z PD4k~2000 2000,~001 2001/2002 The third quarter caseload for clients receiving Aid for Families with Dependent Chil- dren or CalWorks was at an all-time low in Plumes County. Food Stamp Open Cases at End of Month ] I.flMS/I.flM? IMeT/IJ~BR 199R/1909 19P9/#000 ,fO00/$O01 ffOOt/8OO,f ilJ.l) IAuga*t 15eptet~berlOctob,.t 1.~o*eobcr 1Det'embet 1,1tin.sty il/"ebr.ar) 1M~rcb 1April i~ay D,lu.- Although the decline in cases was unanticipated, the third quarter of 2001 showed the lowest number of participants in mere than six years. family member. Those 20 chil- staff, particularly as regards at a premium, and the man- dren are included in the count finding suitable placements agement can pick and choose of foster care children, for the individuals," Smart the patients. This individual said. was also combative, making it Adult protemtion Outlining one case, Smart a difficult placement. Referrals for the investiga- said his department has spent When the department was tion of adult protective ser- months attempting to find turned down in the state, a fa- vices are up, Smart told the suitable accommodations for cility in Utah was located that board, one elderly Plumas resident would accept the individual, "In addition, some of the re- with Alzheimer's disease, but then MediCal wasn't ac- cent referrals have represent- While there are a number of cepted. ed very difficult challenges to facilities in the state, space is parking lot isn't one of them. having the lot paved. If the The county, on the other planning department is un- I~ page 211 hand, says it can't pave awilling or unable to do that, Ire the money re- parking lot on land that he intends to ask that it be de- doesn't belong to the county, layed until next summer as:~cheduled to Minert said he intends to when the weather is better. the board of continue discussing the park-"I don't want to spend pub- r. ing lot situation with thelic funds to pay for a parking acid he has serious county. On Dec. 12, there is a lot when the funds are intend- about using funds hearing with the planning de- ed to help people addicted to 36 or other partment about it, at which alcohol and drugs," Minert currently at his he plans to ask for a waiver to said. said those funds Give the gift that gives ones peace of mind. 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