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2017 "Time to Heal" Homeless Conference

posted Sep 15, 2017, 10:46 AM by Codee Augustin   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

2017 Homeless Conference
Cheyenne-
Wyoming Homeless Collaborative will be hosting the 2017 "Time to Heal" Conference on Homelessness on October 3 and 4th. Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel located at 204 West Fox Farm, Cheyenne, WY. 82007. 

Topics of break out sessions include substance abuse and recovery, homeless youth, law enforcement/department of corrections, rural homelessness, homeless with pets, housing vouchers, ESG/Coordinated entry and healthcare. 

Guest speakers include Governor Matt Mead and former UW football standout and professional athlete, Derrick Martin. 

For more information and registration please visit www.wyomingwhc.org.

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Public Notice- Central Registry Rules

posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:45 AM by Codee Augustin   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

Public Notice for Central Registry- Comment Period for Central Registry Rules September 5 through October 31, 2017

Public Notice, Central Registry of Abuse, Neglect

posted Aug 8, 2017, 4:09 PM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 4:30 PM ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED RULES 
STATE OF WYOMING 
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES 
Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect of Children and Vulnerable Adults. 


Public Notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services (DFS) intends to amend the following rules: Central Registry for Child & Disabled Adult Protection, Chapters 1-4

DFS shall amend the rules to ensure consistency with statutory changes passed during the 2017 legislative session, ensure the rules are consistent with practice, and reduce redundancy. 

Copies of the proposed rules are available at the following link, or may be obtained upon request from DFS:


The public comment period is from August 7, 2017 through October 1, 2017. 

Written comments shall be submitted to:

Rachel Campbell 
WY Department of Family Services 
2300 Capitol Avenue, 3rd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002 

A public hearing on the rules will be held by DFS if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less then twenty-five (25) members.  Requests for a hearing should be directed to DFS at the address above by the date specified.  Any person may urge the agency not to adopt the rules and also request the agency to state its reasons for overruling any request to not adopt the rules for the Central Registry program. Interested parties may request a statement of DFS’ position regarding each comment and the action taken as a result of the comments prior to, or within 30 days after the amendment of these rules.  Requests shall be submitted to the above address. If requested, the statement will be issued by DFS within 30 days after DFS’ action.

Substitute Care Services- Proposed Rules Notice

posted Jun 14, 2017, 9:20 AM by Codee Augustin   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 8:44 AM by Tania Trujillo ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PROPOSED RULES


STATE OF WYOMING
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
Certification of Providers of Substitute Care Services for Children


Public Notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services (DFS) intends to amend the following rules:
Certification of Providers of Substitute Care Services For Children, Chapters 1-7, 10 and 14; add Chapter 16; and repeal Chapters 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15.

DFS shall amend the rules to provide clarity, provide for distinction in substitute care programs and repeal substitute care programs not represented in Wyoming.  The goal of these revisions is to reflect best practices and enhance safety for children in licensed facilities and programs.

Copies of the proposed rules may be obtained upon request from DFS at the address below. 

The public comment period is from June 23, 2017 through August 11, 2017. 

Written comments shall be submitted to:

Nichole Anderson 
WY Department of Family Services 
2300 Capitol Avenue, 3rd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002 

A public hearing on the rules will be held by DFS if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members.  Requests for a hearing should be directed to DFS at the address above by the date specified.  Any person may urge the agency not to adopt the rules and also request the agency to state its reasons for overruling the consideration urged against the Certification of Providers of Substitute Care Services for Children. Interested parties may request a statement of DFS’ position regarding each comment and the action taken as a result of the comments prior to, or within 30 days after the amendment of these rules.  Requests shall be submitted to the above address. If requested, the statement will be issued by DFS within 30 days after DFS’ action.


State Juvenile Justice Council Meets in Sundance

posted May 22, 2017, 11:16 AM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov

The Governor's State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice will hold its next meeting in Sundance, WY on June 22nd and 23rd.

On the 22nd and 23rd they will be at:
Crook County Courthouse (basement meeting room)
309 E. Cleveland St.
Sundance, WY 82729

Among other issues, the Council will hear about juvenile justice issues in Crook County and the surrounding region. The public is welcome. For more information, please contact Brandon at 307-777-6299. 

LIEAP and Weatherization Notice

posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:29 AM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 10:58 AM ]

Public Comment Sought for Heating and Weatherization Assistance Program

The Wyoming Department of Family Services is requesting Public Comment on a
waiver to the FFY 2017 Low Income Energy Assistance Plan. The waiver would
increase the percentage of funding to the Weatherization Program for persons of low
income. The waiver would increase the Weatherization funding to up to twenty-five
percent (25%) instead of the standard allowable fifteen percent (15%). Awarding these
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) funds to the Weatherization
Assistance Program will not reduce the funding available for LIEAP benefits during the
upcoming LIEAP program year.

A copy of the Waiver Request will be furnished upon request. Contact LIEAP,
Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, WY, 82401. Copies
may also be requested by email to dfslieap@wyo.gov. Comments are invited to be
submitted in writing to dfslieap@wyo.gov by May 1, 2017.

Brenda Ilg
LIEAP Program Manager
307-347- 6181, extension 34

State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice Meets

posted Jan 10, 2017, 8:26 AM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 8:38 AM ]

The Governor's State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice will hold its next meeting in Cheyenne on January 19th and 20th. 

On the 19th they will be at:
Wyoming Water Development Commission building basement
6920 Yellowtail Rd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009

On the 20th they will be at:
Staybridge Suites Cheyenne
5109 Frontier Mall Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82009

The public is welcome.

Public Notice Regarding Wyoming Energy Assistance Program

posted Aug 18, 2016, 7:26 AM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 7:26 AM ]


Notice is hereby given of the intent of the Department of Family Services to adopt a plan governing the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.  The grant application/state plan establishes standards for the delivery of the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and includes provisions related to program administration, determination of eligibility, applicant rights, quality assurance, and program personnel.  A public hearing will be held at the Ramkota Hotel, 800 N. Poplar, North Ballroom, Casper, Wyoming  82601 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  Advance written comments may be forwarded to LIEAP, Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, Wyoming 82401.  Comments may also be emailed to dfslieap@wyo.gov.   Comments must be received no later than August 31, 2016. A copy of the state plan may be requested for review at dfslieap@wyo.gov , or by calling (307)-347-6181, ext. 34.  A copy will also be available at the public hearing. Questions may be directed to Brenda Ilg at (307) 347-6181, extension 34.

Public Notice of DFS Child Care Rule Changes

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:23 AM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 10:02 AM by Melody Warren ]

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR RULES 
THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES

Public notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services is amending the following rules:

Chapter 1, General Provisions, Rules for Certification of a Family Child Care Home (FCCH) and Family Child Care Center or Child Care Center 
Chapter 2, Certification Procedures
Chapter 3, Denial, Non-Renewal
Chapter 4, General Requirements
Chapter 5, Family Child Care Homes
Chapter 6, Family Child Care Centers
Chapter 7, Child Care Centers
Chapter 8, Health and Sanitation of Child care Facilities
Chapter 9, Health and Sanitation, Administrative Rules (Repealed)


In addition to clarification and reductions, the proposed amendments include, but are not limited to:  more frequent Central Registry and background checks, changes to disqualifying offenses, addition of a review process for rehabilitation determination, restriction of issuance of a license if staff or household members with disqualifying offenses reside in an in-home facility, changes to training requirements, chapters have been consolidated, use of certain equipment has been restricted and facility reporting requirements have been changed..

Written comments must be submitted to the following address no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 1, 2016:


DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES
ATTN: Nichole Anderson
2300 Capitol Ave 3rd Floor
CHEYENNE, WY 82002

An individual who comments on the rules may request that the agency provide a statement of principal reasons for overruling the individual’s comments.  If requested, the Statement will be issued either prior to or within thirty (30) days after agency action.

A public hearing will be held by the Department of Family Services if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members.  Requests for a hearing should be directed to the agency at the above address by the date specified.  Notice of hearing will be provided to all persons making a timely request therefore and providing a legible mailing address.


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