Division of Social Services

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Work First emphasizes three strategies: Diversion, Work, and Job Retention. Work First Family Assistance is also provided for eligible children whose caretaker is not eligible for benefits themselves. The goals of Work First cannot be accomplished by the government alone. Understandably, moving families off the public assistance and towards  self-sufficiency requires the efforts of each stakeholder in the community. Employees from the Plastek Group contacted the Department of Social Services  Work First department requesting to adopt a family for Christmas. Toys and  gifts were purchased and delivered  to DSS.   Along with gifts for the family,  the employees also donated food to the DSS food pantry.  With Plastek Healthwise program, employees can donate a food item and  receive 15 points for each month toward the yearly goal, in order to receive a reduced Health Insurance plan.  A big thank you to Plastek for caring. 


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A large number of Richmond County foster children were given new coats for Christmas because of a man and his employer.  
Antonio Moore is an employee of Cascades Moulded Pulp in Rockingham.  Antonio is known for having a big heart for his community and a genuine desire to “give back.”    On his own, Antonio was already an enthusiastic  participant in Coats for Kids, but when he learned that Cascades, Inc. would match donations contributed by employees  in Rockingham,  Coats for Kids became an even bigger mission for him.  Moulded Pulp had not participated in Coats for Kids in the past so,  Antonio became  the first Coats for Kids coordinator.   He encouraged  each employee to participate and reminded  everyone of the importance  of providing warm coats for those in need.  Antonio’s  dedication and ongoing efforts plus receipt of the additional matching funds provided by Cascades Inc.  led to a successful  fund drive.   Antonio is an excellent example of the  positive  difference that one person can make in their community.  

NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER HAWKINS v. COHEN

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA

MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, and KYANNA SHIPP, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,

                     Plaintiffs,

                    v.

MANDY COHEN, in her official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 

                      Defendant.
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Civil Case No.:  5:17-cv-00581-FL





ATTENTION MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES: NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER HAWKINS v. COHEN
Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. The case concerns improper terminations of Medicaid benefits.
 The Court hearing the case has certified it as a class action. This means that the case is to help not just the people who filed the case but other Medicaid beneficiaries whose Medicaid has been or will be terminated improperly.  
The Court has ordered the N.C. Medicaid agency to stop terminations or reductions of Medicaid benefits until eligibility under all Medicaid categories has been considered and advance notice of the right to a hearing has been mailed to you.   For example, if you get Medicaid based on having a minor child who is turning eighteen years old, your county Department of Social Services must consider whether you are disabled before they stop your Medicaid.
If you have any questions about this lawsuit or about your rights, you may contact the attorneys who filed the case, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. You can reach these lawyers by calling this toll free number: 1-800-936-4971. You can also send the lawyers an email at Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.
You also may contact these lawyers if you want to report that you lost your Medicaid without a decision that you were no longer eligible for Medicaid under any category or without receiving advance written notice that your Medicaid would stop. There is no cost to you for any help that these lawyers provide to you. 



EN EL TRIBUNAL DE DISTRITO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
PARA EL DISTRITO ESTE DE CAROLINA DEL NORTE

MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, y KYANNA SHIPP, en nombre de ellos mismos y todos los demás situados de manera similar,

                     Demandantes

                    V.

MANDY COHEN, en su capacidad oficial como Secretaria del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del norte, 

                      Acusado.
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Caso civil N°: 5:17-CV-00581-FL





ATENCIÓN BENEFICIARIOS DE MEDICAID: AVISO DE SUS DERECHOS BAJO HAWKINS v. COHEN
Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) es una demanda federal presentada en 2017 en nombre de los beneficiarios de Medicaid en Carolina del Norte. El caso se refiere a terminaciones inadecuadas de beneficios de Medicaid.
El Tribunal que ha oído el caso lo ha certificado como una demanda colectiva. Esto significa que el caso es para ayudar no solo a las personas que presentaron el caso, sino a otros beneficiarios de Medicaid cuyo Medicaid ha sido o será cancelado indebidamente.  
El Tribunal ha ordenado a la agencia de Medicaid de N.C. que detenga las terminaciones o reducciones de los beneficios de Medicaid hasta que se haya considerado la elegibilidad bajo todas las categorías de Medicaid y se le haya enviado un aviso de su derecho a una audiencia por correo. Por ejemplo, si usted recibe Medicaid basado en tener un niño menor de dieciocho años, el Departamento de Servicios Sociales en su condado debe considerar si usted es discapacitado antes de que terminar su Medicaid.
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta demanda o sobre sus derechos, puede ponerse en contacto con los abogados que presentaron el caso, el Centro de Apoyo Legal en Charlotte. Puede comunicarse con estos abogados llamando a éste número gratuito: 1-800-936-4971. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a los abogados a Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.
También puede contactar a estos abogados si desea reportar que perdió su Medicaid sin una decisión que ya no es elegible para Medicaid en cualquier categoría o sin recibir un aviso por escrito que su Medicaid se detendría. No hay ningún costo a usted por cualquier ayuda que estos abogados le proporcionen. 


About Richmond County Social Services

Programs and services provided by the Richmond County Department of Social Services are funded through federal, state and county revenues, in addition to grants and other donations, to meet the community’s priorities as defined by the Board of County Commissioners.
 
Our Mission
 
The Mission of the Richmond County Department of Social Services is to develop and implement human services programs which are intended to promote the health, well-being, self sufficiency and protection of families, children and adults within our communities.

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION
 
Non-Discrimination Statement
“In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Under the Food Stamp Act and USDA policy, discrimination is prohibited also on the basis of religion or political beliefs.
To file a complaint of discrimination, contact USDA or HHS. Write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1440 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (202) 619-3257 (TTY). USDA and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers.”