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August 7, 2020
School Clothing Allowance Application Period Opens
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families will begin accepting school clothing allowance applications on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.  Each eligible child will receive a $200 benefit that may be used toward the purchase of appropriate school clothing or piece goods for families who sew clothing for their children.
“In this complicated time we are in, the last thing any family should be worried about is whether or not their children will have clothing that fits. That’s why our wonderful school clothing allowance program is more important now than ever,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “I’ve said over and over how much I love our kids. And this program gives so many of our kids a chance to be comfortable and to feel good about themselves so they can focus on being their best in every way.”
The following will automatically receive school clothing allowance benefits for each school-age child in the home by the end of August:
• Families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance
• Those in foster care
• Children ages 4-18 that receive SNAP, are enrolled in school and under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level
Families who received school clothing allowance in 2019 and currently have Medicaid coverage only  should receive an application by mail in late August to apply for the school clothing allowance  program.  Those needing to update their address may do so at www.wvpath.org or by calling DHHR’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-716-1212.
Others may be eligible for school clothing allowance benefits, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,184. Verification of income for the month of September must be submitted with the application.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school clothing allowance program recipients will receive either an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card or a check in place of the traditional paper voucher. This system upgrade allows for both online transactions and increased choice of vendors when purchasing school clothing or piece goods. The EBT card will operate as a debit card; the checks may be deposited or cashed.
“In 2019, more than 61,193 West Virginia children were assisted by the school clothing allowance program,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. “This program fills an important need for children and families in back to school preparations and now does so in a safe manner by allowing families to shop from the safety of their homes during the pandemic.”
Individuals may apply online at www.wvpath.org or request an application be mailed to them by contacting their local DHHR office or by calling 1-877-716-1212. Applications must be received in the local DHHR office by September 30, 2020.

WVDHHR filed proposed rules for 2021 Legislative Session with the Office of the Secretary of State for 78 CSR 2, Child Placing Agencies Licensure; 78 CSR 3, Minimum Licensing Requirements for Residential Child Care and Treatment Facilities for Children and Transitioning Adults and Vulnerable and Transitioning Youth Group Homes and Programs in West Virginia; and 78 CSR 27, Procedure to contest the substantiation of child abuse or neglect.  They are available at the following links.
Public comments will be accepted until July 31, 2020.  Comments may be mailed or emailed to april.l.robertson@wv.gov or April L. Robertson, One Davis Square, Suite 100 East, Charleston, WV 25301.
For additional information and news alerts for Kinship and Relative providers please visit the following link: www.missionwv.org/kinship
Yesterday the following message was placed on inROADS regarding the upcoming February 3, 2020 PATH implementation.
Coming soon! West Virginia inROADS is changing to West Virginia People's Access to Help (WV PATH) on Monday, February 3, 2020. WV PATH mirrors the capabilities of inROADS; however, it will have a new look and feel for applying for benefits, reporting changes, and reviewing benefit information. The launch of WV PATH means you will create a new username and password. You will receive an email with instructions on how to create your WV PATH credentials if you have identified an email address in your inROADS account. Otherwise, on or after February 3, please access WV PATH at https://www.wvpath.org/ and select SIGN IN at the top of the screen to create your new account. If you need help using WV PATH, customer service will be available to assist you at 1-844-451-3515. Note: Draft applications for benefits must be completed and submitted prior to January 31, 2020. Any draft applications that have not been submitted will need to be recreated in WV PATH on or after Monday, February 3, 2020.
The Bureau for Children and Families released The Study of Kinship Care Families October 2019 conducted by Second Chance, Inc through a grant from Casey Family Programs. The purpose of the study was to gain recommendations for improving services provided for kinship/relative foster care families. The study fulfills the requirements of House Bill 2010 (WV Code §49-2-111b) and addresses delays in foster care certification, payment options for relatives/kin and specific supports needed to best meet the needs of relative/kinship families involved with DHHR.
Please find below the FAQ document for transitioning foster care youth to managed care.  This document will continue to be updated as new questions are posed and addressed.  

Become a DHHR CPS Worker: This video has been created to help explain the day to day duties and responsibilities of a Child Protective Service Worker. Click on this link to watch the video


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