JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state House Health and Social Services Committee co-chair says she will not hear a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion in Alaska.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker who remarked "kill them now or kill them later" during debate on an abortion bill said he was trying to criticize politicians' focus on abortion as they...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's secretary of Social Services is quitting just months after being appointed.
Gov. Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that Greg DeSautel is resigning effective...
Catholic group sues over Michigan policy on adoption
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks...
Medicaid advocates question Missouri’s renewal system
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — While Gov. Mike Parson's administration points to Missouri's improving economy as a reason up to 70,000 people dropped off the state's Medicaid rolls last year,...
Philadelphia city government can require that contractor Catholic Social Services does not discriminate against same-sex couples in its foster care program, a federal appeals court ruled...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in west Alabama are hosting a summit with the aim of connecting faith-based leaders with social service agencies.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri social services director is resigning to take a job with a faith-based nonprofit.
Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday announced Director Steve Corsi will...
Judge rules state must disclose records, pay legal fees
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has overruled a decision by the state to release only documents with blacked-out details of allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by a...
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Border Patrol agents dropped off asylum-seeking migrants in New Mexico's second most populous city for the second day in a row Saturday, prompting Las Cruces city officials...
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on migrant arrivals in New Mexico (all times local):
Las Cruces officials say more migrants seeking asylum in the US were dropped off...
Alaska to suspend senior benefit payments for 2 months
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will suspend two months of payments from the state's Senior Benefits Program, officials said.
Audit: Ineligible people may have received benefits
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's auditors say the state Department of Social Services may have provided Medicaid benefits to people who were not eligible.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has dropped the South Dakota Department of Social Services and Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre from a lawsuit alleging they deprived a 3-year-old boy...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster capped a nationwide search by appointing a veteran of Tennessee's child welfare agency on Wednesday to head South Carolina's counterpart.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City social service organization wants to educate elementary and middle school students on the health hazards related to the new vaping trend amid a statewide...
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says a 70-year-old former Clear Creek County employee faces multiple felony charges after an investigation into the theft of more than $200,000...
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Indiana to dedicate new state psychiatric hospital
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Family and Social Services Administration will dedicate and open Indiana's newest state psychiatric hospital on Friday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former upstate New York county official has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he supervised.
A jury on Friday found Al Dirschberger guilty of third-degree...
Virginia official to lead Nebraska Health and Human Services
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A social services director from Virginia has been chosen to serve as the next leader of Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday he has selected Dannette R. Smith to serve as the agency's new chief executive officer.
Shutdown prompts Missouri to issue food stamps early
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missourians will get February food stamps early because of the federal government shutdown.
The Department of Social Services announced that participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will get payments by Sunday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service directed states to issue food stamps early because of the shutdown.
Missouri sued over rules for foster parents who have guns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City couple claims in a federal lawsuit that state requirements for foster parents who own guns violate their constitutional rights.
Louisiana’s early issuance of February food stamps done
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has finished handing out February food stamps early, with the state social services agency warning recipients to budget them carefully to cover their needs.
The state Department of Children and Family Services joined other states in the early issuance of the food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Noem to name Sioux Falls doctor as Social Services secretary
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is naming a Sioux Falls physician to serve as Department of Social Services secretary.
The Republican governor said Thursday that she will appoint M. Gregory DeSautel to the cabinet post. DeSautel works at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls and is a professor at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.
Court: Relatives should be included in child placement cases
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An appeals court says child welfare agencies in Minnesota must have a court hearing before ruling out family members as adoptive parents for neglected children.
The ruling involves Anoka County Social Services. The three-judge panel recently ruled the agency violated state law when it denied a woman's petition to be the adoptive parent of her three grandchildren without first obtaining a court order to exclude her.
West Virginia gov proposes cutting Social Security tax
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is proposing the elimination of a state tax on Social Security benefits but offering significant funding increases for substance abuse, social services and tourism in the next fiscal year.
Noem announces picks for cabinet, staff positions
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov.-elect Kristi Noem has announced her choices for interim secretaries of the state Human Services and Social Services departments.
The incoming Republican governor said Friday that Shawnie Rechtenbaugh will serve as interim secretary of Human Services and Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will be interim secretary of Social Services.
New call centers planned in Louisiana, creating 240 jobs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's social services agency is moving its help-line work to new call centers planned within the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that Mississippi-based YoungWilliams will spend $4 million to create new call centers in Bossier City and Baton Rouge, with 240 new jobs.
NY lawmakers to review social services for poor families
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are taking a close look at one of the state's leading social service programs.
The Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday in Albany focused on educational and work training benefits provided through the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
Ramsey County data breach might have affected hundreds
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The personal information of hundreds of Ramsey County social services clients might have been compromised after hackers gained access to the email accounts of dozens of county employees.
The social services department handles services such as chemical and mental health treatment. County officials say about 500 clients might have been affected. They're being notified this week.
Mom arrested in video that sparked outrage freed from jail
NEW YORK (AP) — A mother jailed after police violently pulled her toddler son from her arms in a videotaped encounter in a crowded waiting room of a New York City social services office was released Tuesday night.
"I'm just so grateful to everyone and I'm just happy to be free and I just need to see my boy," Jazmine Headley said following her release from the Rikers Island jail facility.
The Latest: Mom in video that sparked outrage leaves jail
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a mother at a New York City social services office (all times local):
A mother who was violently separated from her toddler son by New York police in a videotaped encounter at a city social services office has been released from jail.
Jazmine Headley said she was happy to be free and thanked everybody for their support following her release Tuesday night.
The Latest: 2 city workers on modified duty in video case
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a video showing New York City police officers violently yanking a toddler from his mother's arms (all times local):
Two New York City employees involved in a confrontation that led to police forcefully taking a young child from his mother's arms at a public benefits center will be put on modified duty pending an investigation.
State: Technology upgrade to benefit social services staff
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say a technology upgrade will allow state social workers to spend less time on paperwork.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says about 1,800 social workers and social services staff will receive tablets to replace laptop and desktop computers. Cabinet officials say the upgrade will save time and allow staff to better serve children and families.
Impact of new marijuana law on welfare recipients unclear
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters have approved medical marijuana, but it remains unclear whether thousands of welfare recipients will lose benefits if they opt for it.
Officials to consider turning Mercy Hospital into shelter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An architect has proposed using Maine's Mercy Hospital building for a homeless shelter.
The Portland Press Herald reports 69-year-old M. Curt Sachs recently submitted a proposal to turn the State Street hospital into a homeless shelter and neighborhood health clinic. Mercy Hospital plans to move all operations to its Fore River site and sell the current hospital.
Judge says state agency discriminated in reservation office
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Department of Social Services discriminated against Native American job applicants at its Pine Ridge Indian Reservation office during a five-year period that ended in 2013, a federal judge ruled.
Pennington County opening $14M social services complex
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Pennington County is opening a $14 million all-in-one social services complex.
The Rapid City Journal reports that a noon Monday opening was scheduled for the Care Campus in the former National American University building.
Nebraska agencies aiding refugees living in squalor
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Social service agencies are scrambling to help up to 500 refugees who may have to find new places to live because of the squalid conditions in their Nebraska apartment complex.
Omaha housing inspectors pored over the Yale Park Apartments on Thursday because of nearly 100 complaints filed by occupants who've been living with bedbugs, lice, rodents, gas leaks and mold in the north Omaha apartments.
US appeals court overturns South Dakota child removal ruling
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned an earlier ruling that said a South Dakota county must give Native American parents more rights during initial hearings of child-removal cases.
Teen sets fire while in custody in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy driving a stolen car rear-ended a police squad car in Sioux Falls before setting a fire while in the custody of social service workers.
Pennington County to open social services complex
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota county is preparing to open an all-in-one social services complex.
United Way of Central Indiana to tweak funding for partners
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — United Way of Central Indiana has some social service agencies worried with its plan to refocus its funding on a comprehensive attack on poverty.
The United Way chapter currently evaluates its partner agencies annually and gives each a score that determines how much funding they'll get.
But under a new model that will be phased in over two years, United Way will instead accredit organizations, which can then apply for funding based on United Way's poverty-fighting goals.
Rastafarian woman wants removal from child abuse registry
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A practicing Rastafarian has filed a lawsuit against a North Dakota county social services agency to get her name off a child abuse registry.
Judge Todd Cresap heard arguments Tuesday in Shanika Lister's civil lawsuit against Ward County Social Services, the Minot Daily News reported .
Father of dead girl sues mother, social service contractor
CHICAGO (AP) — The father of a 17-month-old suburban Chicago girl whose death in 2017 was ruled a homicide has filed a lawsuit against the girl's mother and a social service contractor.
Organization seeks to open family homeless shelter in Bangor
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine social services organization is looking to open a family homeless shelter in Bangor for the first time in more than a decade.
The Bangor Daily News reports Families and Children Together is seeking a zoning change to open a two-family emergency shelter.
Kansas City groups rethink drug recovery for mothers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City health and social service groups are testing a new approach for mothers undergoing drug recovery by keeping families together.
The number of infants born dependent on opioids in Missouri has more than quadrupled since 2011, KCUR-FM reported. The number of children entering the state's foster care system is simultaneously growing as well.