Family and Social Services Administration

More funds earmarked for domestic violence programs

September 22, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If all the money is distributed, it will bring the state’s total spending on domestic violence programs to $4.2 million this year. That’s about 35 percent more than the state spent last year.
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Indiana settles DCS adoption suit for $15 million

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
The state will pay $15.1 million to about 1,800 families who adopted special needs children. The settlement was filed in LaPorte Superior Court on Thursday afternoon and still needs court approval.
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Domestic violence activist, state disagree on deal

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
An advocate for victims of domestic violence said her group reached agreement Thursday with Indiana officials over funding for the private agencies serving them, but a state official denied there was a deal.
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DCS struggles to keep accurate caseload tally

September 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana has hired more case workers to keep track of its most vulnerable residents. But complaints about overwork continue to surface as the state battles questions about the accuracy of data on caseloads.
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Pence: State to pay special-needs adoption subsidies

August 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The move comes just two months after a LaPorte woman filed a lawsuit, saying the state owed her subsidies.
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State agency says it lacks adoption subsidy money

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says it isn't paying subsidies to parents who adopted special-needs children out of foster care because the state Legislature hasn't appropriated enough money.
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Indiana social services chief Minott leaving post

June 16, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The head of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is on her way out just as negotiations heat up with federal officials over Gov. Mike Pence’s alternative to a traditional Medicaid expansion.
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Appeals court: IBM breached contract with state

February 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Marion County judge's finding that IBM did not materially breach the contract it had with the state to modernize its welfare system.
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Indiana appeals court hears welfare lawsuit

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers representing Indiana asked an appeals court Monday to refund much of the money the state has paid IBM for a failed welfare privatization effort, but the company countered it's actually entitled to even more.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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State appeals court sets hearing on IBM welfare lawsuit

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state is appealing a Marion County judge's ruling last year awarding $52 million to IBM after then-Gov. Mitch Daniels canceled what was a 10-year, $1.37 billion contract.
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Indiana welfare security breach limited to 64 clients

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
When FSSA revealed the breach a month ago, it said it possibly affected more than 187,000 people, including the Social Security numbers of as many as 3,926 clients who receive food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare benefits.
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Computer glitch leaks personal info of state welfare clients

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials say the personal data of welfare clients has been shared with others in a security breach potentially affecting more than 187,000 people.
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Pence names human services chief, ag director

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday named Debra Minott, an attorney with health care regulatory experience, to run the Indiana's human services agency while it implements the looming Medicaid expansion. Pence also named Gina Sheets to lead the Agriculture Department.
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Lawmakers propose DCS hotline changes, new panels

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers reviewing the embattled Department of Child Services voted Tuesday to localize more decisions on when to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect and set up a permanent oversight committee at the Statehouse.
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GOP govs: Not enough Medicaid 'flexibility'

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Obama administration is giving states like Indiana a little flexibility in how to expand their Medicaid programs—but nothing like what state officials hoped for after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the law in late June.
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Indiana court ruling could affect mentally ill kids

July 1, 2012
Associated Press
A recent Indiana Court of Appeals opinion could affect how the state Department of Child Services obtains treatment for some children with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities.
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Indiana agency restoring $10M for child services

May 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's child protection agency is restoring about $10 million in funding to boost in-home programs and services, three years after asking providers of those services to cut their rates by 10 percent.
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Court: Indiana can't deny welfare without reason

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Thursday that the state Family and Social Services Administration can't deny Medicaid, food stamps or welfare to people without first doing a better job of telling them why.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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More Indiana counties to gain automated welfare filing

October 16, 2011
Associated Press
Nineteen central Indiana counties will gain access to online filing and other automated intake for welfare benefits later this month, leaving Marion County as the only one without access to the automation.
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Connected law firm's deal with Indiana grows

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration now will pay Barnes & Thornburg up to $8.05 million through next June to represent the administration of Gov. Mitch Daniels in the lawsuit with IBM Corp.
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More Indiana welfare requests being submitted online

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
More than half of the state's new applications for food stamps and other welfare assistance are being submitted online, Indiana social services chief Michael Gargano told lawmakers Tuesday.
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Daniels revives agency mistakenly canceled

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed an order restoring Indiana's largest state agency, the human services department, after it was accidentally eliminated due to a mistake in a new state law.
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