Ohio Works First (OWF)
Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible families for up to 36 months. After 36 months, a family cannot receive additional cash assistance unless the County Department of Job and Family Services approves an extension of benefits. The emphasis of OWF is self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and employment.
The Food Assistance Program helps people with low income obtain nutritious food. Food Assistance benefits are issued by the US Department of Agriculture through county job and family services departments and are used to purchase specific staples and grocery items at participating grocery stores. Food Assistance is issued through the Electronic Benefits Transfer System (EBT). Purchases are deducted electronically via a plastic card, from the assistance group's total monthly allotment of Food Assistance benefits. Eligibility for Food Assistance is based on federal guidelines including income, resources and household size.
The Medicaid program provides for coverage of medical expenses for eligible individuals and families whose income falls within the program guidelines. Many people who are aged, blind or disabled may receive care in a nursing home or other institution, or may qualify for one of the Home and Community Based Waiver program which enable them to live in their own home in the community.
Adult Protective Services
Like children, adults are sometimes in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and have no one to assist them. APS reduces or remedies conditions causing endangerment to adults, maximizing their independence and self-direction, and preventing unnecessary institutionalization.
Title XX of the Social Security Act provides funding to counties for local service programs for families, children, and adults. The funds are to strengthen, restore, maintain, or improve their ability to be self-supportive and independent. Allen County Department of Job and Family Services can provide many services either directly or through the purchase of a service contract with other service agencies in the community, to include: transportation, information & referral services, health related services, homemaker services, and more.
Child Care Assistance
Child Care Assistance provides payment of a portion of the cost of child care while parents are participating in OWF work activities, are employed with low incomes, or are attending training programs. Care is provided in certified family child care homes or state licensed child care centers in the community.
Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Program (PRC)
PRC is designed to help families at different levels of need. Services are provided either directly by the staff of the CDJFS, or under contract with other area service providers. Goals of the program include; services to prevent dependency on public assistance, help families attain or retain employment and to assist families with contingency or emergency services in order to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Specific services can include payment of rent or utilities, care repairs, training/employment programs, and other services to vulnerable children and families.
Ohio Means Jobs
As the county's Workforce Development agency, The Allen County Department of Job and Family Services is responsible for the provision of services to youth, adults and dislocated workers mandated by the Workforce Development Act. Core and intensive services are provided to job seekers to assist them in obtaining employment, or a better job through assistance with job search, resume writing and short-term, skilled based training. Long-term training is available on a limited basis. To learn more about Ohio Means Jobs, visit our website at: http://www.ohiomeansjobs-allen-county.com
It is the responsibility of the Fraud/Investigation Unit to investigate all allegations of fraud. The Unit may pursue collection of overpayments, criminal or civil court action, administrative penalties such as disqualification, reduction of benefits, or suspension from participation in Public Assistance programs.
Through the efforts of the Fraud/Investigation Unit, The Allen County Department of Job and Family Services is able to minimize the waste of tax dollars and return monies to the government treasury so that those who are truly needy will benefit.
Allen County Department
of Job and Family Services
1501 South Dixie Highway, P.O. Box 4506
Lima, Ohio, 45804
FAX: (419) 227-2448
Toll Free: (888) 228-2120
Fraud Hotline: (419)228-2120
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