We're writing to alert you to a couple of items that may impact children in your community:
DTA's fax issues should have been resolved as of this morning. DTA reports you should not have problems faxing to 617 887 8765-let us know if this is not the case. Include in faxes to DTA receipts or confirmation of any faxes you attempted yesterday if that would impact the client's benefits due to a deadline.
In general, please track the following things and let us know what you are seeing:
DTA Connect Mobile App is here!
DTA Connect--DTA's mobile app--is available for download starting TODAY! (Monday August 29th). We are excited about DTA Connect and think it will be a great way to quickly get a lot of case information.
We wanted to share a couple pieces of recent information we learned this week DTA that may have an impact on your clients.
For those of you who work with SNAP recipients in the Concord area, we wanted to remind you that SNAP households who lost power for more than four hours and lost food as a result of lost refrigeration/freezer capacity (e.g. had to throw out spoiled food), may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits. Here's MLRI's webpage on SNAP misfortune replacement benefits.
Attached are two contact lists for DTA Client Assistance Coordinators and Domestic Violence Specialists.
Client Assistance Coordinators:
Every DTA office has at least one Client Assistance Coordinators (CACs), with 2 in the larger offices. They are supervisors who have a reduced caseload in order to focus on helping clients with disabilities. They can help with accommodation requests, discuss DTA rules and disability related barriers, and other disability protections, such as good cause or disability exemptions.
Change to DTA Interview Calls
DTA is making a change to how interview calls are made in SNAP cases. This change is scheduled to happen this Thursday, August 11.
Clients applying for SNAP are required to have an interview. Clients doing a recertification are also required to have an interview -- unless everyone in the household is over 60 or disabled. Clients doing an interim report should not have an interview unless something in the interim report is questionable.
Below is a message from DTA regarding a letter erroneously mailed to DTA clients by Columbia Gas. Columbia Gas and DTA are taking steps to inform the clients sent this erroneous letter, but please reach out if you have clients who contact you with issues or questions.
Attached is a copy of the letter sent.
From: Mangini, Brittany (DTA)
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:24 AM
Subject: Utilities Discount letter mailed in error to DTA clients by Columbia Gas
Dear SNAP Outreach Providers,
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present a series of trainings every year for legal, social, health services, and community advocates who assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Each session includes substantive materials and is led by expert advocates from legal services programs throughout the state. The 2016-2017 series covers 11 different topics (see below). Also attached is a PDF of the training events.
1. Veto override updates:
TAFDC cash assistance:
On the GOOD news front, both the House and Senate overrode the Governor's TAFDC vetoes which totaled almost $24M in cuts! This PROTECTS the full TAFDC clothing allowance and STOPS the proposal to cut TAFDC benefits by counting the SSI of disabled children or disabled parents as income to the rest of the TAFDC family.