In this week's update I would like to welcome the staff from the Depts. of Administration and Education & Early Development who will be moving to DHSS as part of the reorganization. We recently started sending these updates to help our future colleagues make the transition into the Department of Health and Social Services.
The Director's office has been on the road this week. Julie Morris is hard at work getting the message out in Anchorage to field supervisors and staff regarding HIPAA, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
This is a reminder that the filing deadline for the State's Heating Assistance Program (HAP) is Wednesday, April 30. Applications must be date stamped by a public assistance office by April 30, postmarked by April 30, or received on the HAP fax in Juneau before May 1.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services passed new regulations called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) a little over a year ago. HIPAA regulations require health care organizations (both health care providers and health care payers) to comply with new standards addressing the confidentiality and security of an individual
As field offices roll out the Job Start program, new features are being identified that make the program more beneficial to clients and more useful to employers. The development of Job Start is intended to be fluid, with program improvements being encouraged and instituted rapidly as they are recognized.
The regional managers, IT managers and chiefs had an extremely productive planning session today, April 02. The prime objective was to discuss upcoming changes and design performance measures for each unit that could be implemented as part of our focus on process improvement.
Who comes to mind when you hear the phrases "EOIP Superstar" and the "driving force behind the Jobs Achievement Zone"? This month's first star is known for their creative thinking and can-do attitude. Supervisors and co-workers describe her as someone with a great spirit and high energy. Coming to work early and staying late is SOP for this star, always giving it her "all". Hobbies include reading, creating beautiful art work, and movie trivia. And if you are interested in re-decorating your home -- our star may be able to give you some good advice. Can you guess who this star is?
Job Start is a new Work Services program that promotes job opportunities for Temporary Assistance clients by subsidizing the wages of new jobs created by small businesses. Employers that create a new job and hire a Temporary Assistance client receive a wage subsidy that is equal to the client
A new brochure that describes DPA's basic programs is being distributed to offices this week. Expect your office's supply to come from your region or in the mail in the next few days. This brochure should be made available for clients in public areas of DPA offices.
To all DPA staff,
The following excerpt from an email forwarded to Directors from Elmer Lindstrom, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, reminds us all of our rights and responsibilities when communicating with legislators or other public officials:
"Employees have every right to contact legislators, testify at hearings, or otherswise make their personal feelings and opinions known. However they must do so on their own time, should never represent themselves as speaking for the department, and should not use state computers, phones, or FAXES for that purpose. Staff who may speak for the department are so designated by the Commissioner's Office and Division Directors' Offices through our normal legislative procedures...