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Friday, July 22, 2016

Elmira –   The Chemung County Department of Social Services offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.  Clients will be able to deliver paperwork through the department mailbox which is located on the right hand side of the sidewalk outside the entrance to the building.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ELMIRA - On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Amanda J Lederman and Donna L Lederman were arrested on active Elmira City Court warrants for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree.

From September 2012 through February 2013, Amanda J Lederman and Donna L Lederman submitted false documents to the Chemung County Department of Social Services.  These documents were submitted for the purpose of establishing and maintaining her eligibility for public assistance.  These benefits included daycare assistance.

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Public Comment Period and Public Hearing on Proposed New York State Plan for 2016-2017 HEAP
Thursday, July 7, 2016

THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCENOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS TO PROVIDE FOR COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED NEW YORK STATE PLAN FOR THE 2016 – 2017 HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP)

In accordance with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, as amended, the State of New York invites comments on the proposed New York State Plan for the 2014 – 2015 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Social Services has been made aware of a fraudulent phone scam whereby at least one County resident received several unsolicited phone calls stating that their Medicaid needed to be recertified. They were then asked for personal information including their social security number and address.  The individual was also told they could be arrested if they didn’t recertify with them over the phone.  This is a scam and you should hang up immediately.

Residents are reminded to never give personal information over the phone especially if it is from an unsolicited caller.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the nearly 400,000 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Honoring, Uniting and Celebrating Families" and focuses on family reunification.   For many, the goal is to exit foster care and reunite with their families. Reunification is both the most common goal for children in foster care, as well as, the most common outcome. To the children, youth, families, caregivers, and professionals, celebrating means taking action. In Chemung County we have approximately 90 children living in foster care. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Elmira- The Eleventh Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 7th at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year featured performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am. Raffle tickets will be for sale featuring over 30 prizes from local businesses.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Elmira - On Friday, April 15th, 2016 ,  a 26 year old, Elmira resident, Delisa Lain was arrested on an active Elmira City Court warrant for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree.  
 
An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services, Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Department. The investigation found that Delisa Lain did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $15,731.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not entitled to receive.

Friday, April 1, 2016
Elmira– Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. Every child deserves a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow to become a caring, productive adult. Unfortunately, the toxic stress of child abuse and neglect can damage a developing child’s brain in ways that create poor outcomes that last a lifetime.  Abuse harms more than just an individual child’s chances for success—it harms a community’s economic prosperity and quality of life.


Friday, December 18, 2015

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Chemung County Department of Social Services Draft Biennial Employment Plan has been filed on December 18, 2015 with the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for employment activities for all TANF, Safety Net and SNAP applicants and recipients.

The Employment Plan is available for review for thirty (30) days.

Friday, October 23, 2015

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Human Resources Center parking lot, located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, will be undergoing a paving project on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.  The parking lot will remain open during this time but with limited access.

The paving will be completed weather permitting. The County appreciates the public and staff patience and cooperation during the project.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

ELMIRA - The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 16, 2015.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $625 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $425 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $51,792 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Elmira – Chemung County officials received a report from a citizen that someone claiming to be a county employee approached them at their home.

The County is reminding residents to ask for identification from County employees who come to their homes to provide services or individuals asking for information on behalf of the County.  All County employees carry photo identification which should be displayed before entering a residence.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), along with its partner agencies within the county including Family Services of Chemung County, Inc., the Chemung County Department of Social Services, Chemung County Health Department, Chemung County District Attorney’s Office and all local law enforcement agencies today reminded area residents that September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month in New York State and across the nation.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 397,000 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Elmira– Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships with their parents and other adults in their community it builds healthy brain architecture, forming a sturdy foundation for future success.

 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins the Institute for Human Services, Inc. and their partner agencies in recognizing February 11, 2015 as National 2-1-1 HELPLINE Day.

2-1-1 is the simple, easy-to-remember telephone number to call for information about community services, programs and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 HELPLINE also schedules appointments for the region’s free tax preparation program, as well as meetings with local health insurance navigators. 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Elmira- There are more than 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.


 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ELMIRA HEIGHTS - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli along with Superintendents from Chemung County Schools have joined a nationwide effort to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month in September and have pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year. At a press conference Santulli was joined by area superintendents; Hillary Austin of Elmira City Schools , Mary Beth Fiore of the Elmira Heights School District, Ralph Marino from the Horseheads Central School District and Joe Morgan from Spencer-Van Etten, and community leaders to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in our schools and launch the School Matters! Chemung campaign in our local districts.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014
ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 13 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.


Friday, May 2, 2014
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 399,546 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Building Blocks to Permanent Families." 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to recognize that each child has the right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect.  As a community we must work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to grow and develop.  On a daily basis, people work in the courts, social services, schools, and other places to make a difference for each child they interact with. 


 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads for the new year.  Jennifer Stimson has been selected as the new Commissioner of Human Services following the retirement of Deretha Watterson. Watterson retired on December 31, 2013 after thirty-one years of service in the Department of Social Services. John Brennan will be appointed as the new Public Advocate succeeding Richard Rich who was sworn in as County Court Judge on January 1st.

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Elmira- There are more than 408,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 107,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2013 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Challenging our assumptions and moving forward together”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 14 minutes. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 382,400 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. In Chemung County we have approximately 93 children living in foster care.  


Monday, May 6, 2013

ELMIRA - Congressman Tom Reed today announced the creation of a local Medicaid Task Force to advise ways to save tax dollars and root out waste, fraud and abuse within the Medicaid system. Reed asked Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli to serve as Chairman of the Task Force.

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
CHEMUNG  COUNTY– Throughout the month of April, THE CHEMUNG  COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES  (DSS) AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM (MDT) / CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER  (CAC) are joining National Children’s Alliance and its thousands of members and supporters across the country to bring much needed attention to the issues of child abuse intervention and prevention. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County and is calling on our community to speak up for these victims and act on their behalf to prevent further tragedy.

 

"Chemung County Recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month"
Thursday, April 5, 2012
CHEMUNG COUNTY– Throughout the month of April, THE CHEMUNG COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM (MDT) / CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (CAC) are joining National Children’s Alliance and its thousands of members and supporters across the country to bring much needed attention to the issues of child abuse intervention and prevention. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County and is calling on our community to speak up for these victims and act on their behalf to prevent further tragedy.

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