What's Happenin'?

Submitted by Arlo Midgett on October 17, 2017 - 1:32pm

Greetings everyone!

Many things are happening in the world around us. Recently, we’ve seen disasters and tragedies, and with them we’ve seen the people willing to help others. All of these things affect our work and our personal life. During these stressful times, we should always be aware of the things in our lives that are causes for celebration. Things like your child’s first day of school, your spouse or partner’s hugs or kind words, or maybe a snuggle from your pet. These are just a few of the things that can make our life special; don’t overlook them.

What's Happenin'?

Submitted by Julie Sanbei on August 29, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Division of Public Assistance staff continue to embrace the principles of Business Process Redesign (BPR) by effectively and successfully following the principles!

What’s Happenin’ with Statewide BPR efforts?

Your daily efforts are directly impacting our Customer Interactions with every client you see! By taking care of the customers entering DPA through the various access points (lobby, mail, and fax) with one touch resolution, this reduces multiple customer contacts. Approximately 8 out of 10 (80%) customers receive a decision to their eligibility of benefits during the first contact with us. Remember, this is the most effective strategy to eliminate unnecessary touches and repeat client contacts to address customer needs at the onset of the request whenever possible. Keep up the great work of approving/denying eligibility during our first contact!

DPA Backlog Initiative

Submitted by Debbie McDonald on June 23, 2017 - 10:14am

Greetings everyone!

Although we have been remiss with communicating what’s happenin’, there has been a lot of action within DPA!

What’s Happenin’ you ask? Well, the MatSu Region is rockin’ it! They have reached a point where they are able to staff their PathOS work effectively and efficiently AND they have staff “left over”. This means they are able to work what is coming in daily for the MatSu region and they are, dare we say, looking for work... Therefore, the managers are assigning some staff to work the Backlog Domain to assist with clearing the backlog. The managers are primarily monitoring the incoming MatSu work daily and adjusting where they deem necessary. YAY!

Virtual Contact Center update!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on January 19, 2017 - 3:00pm

We wanted to provide an update to you pertaining to the Virtual Contact Center (VCC).

What is it?
The Virtual Contact Center (VCC) will allow customers to contact the Division in various ways and our staff will be located throughout the state (not like a call center where staff are in one location). The access point that we will initially focus on is phone calls. This VCC product is currently being used by other Departments and Divisions throughout the State of Alaska. Therefore, it is a familiar product and will be fully supported by IT and the State Enterprise Technology Section as we grow with the use of the VCC. Read more.

Six Non-Alaskan Residents Charged for Defrauding the Adult Public Assistance Program

Submitted by Clay Butcher on December 8, 2016 - 11:31am

Yesterday, an Anchorage grand jury indicted five non-residents for defrauding the Adult Public Assistance Program based on four separate incidents. One other non-resident was charged in Fairbanks. The Adult Public Assistance program is designed as a State supplement to the Federal Supplemental Security Income Program. The Adult Public Assistance program, which is funded entirely with state funds, is only available to Alaska residents. For full story

Effective 10/1- Process for working MAGI cases in EIS when ARIES won't wrap

Submitted by Clay Butcher on September 26, 2016 - 9:46am

Good afternoon, Everyone!

History: We have MAGI cases that cannot be worked timely in ARIES because of programming issues related to continued development and improvements of the system. Originally, the decision was made to work all MAGI cases in ARIES so they could easily be tracked and staff would become comfortable working in the new system. The exceptions to this was if the case was over 12 months old or a medically urgent need was not able to be processed in ARIES, these cases were then processed in EIS.

DPA Virtual Contact Center is coming!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on July 25, 2016 - 10:00am

Greetings everyone.

Many staff around the state have asked that we take a look at our telephone system and make changes to meet our business needs. We heard you!

During the past 8 months we’ve done a lot of preparation to implement a Virtual Contact Center (VCC). Here is some general information on this project as we get ready to launch it. During the next month and a half, more information will be shared. The VCC will be utilized only by the Field Services Offices due to the funding associated with this project.