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New COVID-19 safety requirements in effect for child care providers, including masking policy updates

New requirements that help ensure child, family and staff safety during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency are in effect for Kentucky child care providers. The new regulation, which was filed by the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), on Dec. 10 and took effect immediately, enhances other requirements for all regulated...

Kentucky joins Get Covered America Day initiative on Thursday; mask up today, get health coverage now

Kentucky is joining a broad coalition of states – plus consumer and health care groups and health care providers – in the launch of Get Covered 2021. This is a national effort to encourage mask wearing and substantially increase the number of people with health coverage. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, as well as other governors, are declaring Dec. 10 Get Covered America Day, a day of awareness and...

Two national grants worth more than $107K provide telehealth for special needs children in Kentucky

Kentucky’s Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) has received two national grants to bolster telehealth services. One grant for $100,000 comes from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), while the other is a minigrant for $7,500 from Family Voices. “The delivery of health care has evolved throughout the course of this pandemic – it has expanded...

COVID-19 Relief Funds awarded to service agencies for prevention of abuse, domestic violence

Three partner agencies of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have been awarded $1.4 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist with services that support prevention of abuse and domestic violence. CHFS requested the advocacy organizations receive the funding, which is from Kentucky’s portion of federal CARES Act resources. Targeted programs serve survivors of sexual...

State expands crisis services for Kentuckians at risk of suicide; Pathways CMHC gains accreditation

The Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has announced an additional Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) has been added to the list of accredited agencies serving as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers within the state. Gov. Andy Beshear Pathways, Inc., a CMHC which serves Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Menifee,...

Governor’s Service Awards honors 20 individuals, organizations for philanthropic contributions

Governor Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander honor 10 individuals and 10 groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 25th Annual Governor’s Service Awards. This year’s awards ceremony coincided with Make a Difference Day, which emphasizes community service and volunteerism.   “It is our honor to show...

Reconnected portal kynect to help Kentuckians prepare for state-based benefits exchange in 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the state has reconnected Kynect in order to provide easier access to health coverage and other benefits. Beshear said the new kynect offers expanded benefits, enhanced usability, a new mobile-friendly format and helps to ready the commonwealth for the return of the state-based exchange, scheduled for enrollment in 2021 to begin the exchange in January 2022....

Kentucky awarded nearly $1 million to teach young parenting responsibilities, finance skills

Eight states, including Kentucky, have been tapped by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop nine programs that educate teens and young adults who do not yet have children about the financial, legal and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. The agencies will collaborate with...

Nursing homes ‘need help’ from state; residents account for 58.6 percent of Kentucky’s COVID deaths

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As they remain the main sites for deadly infections of the novel coronavirus, Kentucky’s nursing homes are asking for more help from the state, which says much of the help they seek has already been provided or can’t be rendered. At a legislative committee meeting Aug. 26, the head of Kentucky’s main nursing-home association said nursing homes...

Eric Friedlander: Vigilance, protective measures are essential to save lives from overdoses in pandemic

“Together, we are stronger than opioids.” It’s a uniting mantra we use as part of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort to guide our purpose, affirm our hope and call upon our greatest asset in this commonwealth: one another. Together, we are building a system of care to reduce harms associated with opioid use and prevent misuse, connect more people with evidence-based treatment, including...

State launches ‘Volunteer Kentucky’ recruitment website to support nonprofit organizations

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Cabinet Secretary Eric Friedlander announced many nonprofits now have free access to the state’s new volunteer recruitment and management website, Volunteer Kentucky. The new website, through Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency, aims to provide efficient volunteer recruitment and management system, facilitating Kentuckians’...

Kentucky Youth Advocates, Casey Family Programs discuss COVID-19 impact on child welfare community

Kentucky Youth Advocates, with the support of Casey Family Programs, hosted a forum on Aug. 4 to discuss challenges youth and families connected to the child welfare system are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with solutions to move forward as the commonwealth navigates recovery efforts. While the pandemic is affecting many Kentuckians in different ways, a look into the impact on...

Governor reports 611 new cases, seven deaths; he urges habits that will help defeat the virus

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 611 new COVID cases and seven deaths as of Thursday afternoon — another day for the record books. Twenty-one of the new cases were children 5 and younger. “This week we have seen some of our highest number of cases of the coronavirus going all the way back to the start of dealing with this pandemic in Kentucky on March 6,” said Beshear. “These results ought not...

New online system completes background checks faster for child care providers, schools

A new online system will help child care providers and schools process staff background checks faster, expediting the process while ensuring the safety of Kentucky’s children. The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has launched its Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Payment and Verification online portal, which allows users to request a check of the CAN Registry electronically instead...

Kentucky receives $7.4 million in AmeriCorps grants; funding to help meet critical state, local needs

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) acknowledged proof of commitment to Kentucky communities from AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency. Twenty-two AmeriCorps-funded grants will provide more than $7.4 million in federal funding in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear said, “Through the support of AmeriCorps, Kentucky’s commitment to service...

Marta Miranda-Straub named DCBS Commissioner; spent past 40 years as social worker, activist

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander has announced Marta Miranda-Straub as the new Commissioner of the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services. Miranda-Straub will begin her appointment on July 1. Gov. Andy Beshear said Miranda-Straub’s 40 years of experience in organizational and clinical social work practice and her passion to serve are just part...

Kentucky students eligible for new emergency food benefits; families can apply for federal assistance

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus emergency. Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

Beshear says more social workers needed to protect Kentucky children, supports additional staffing

Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander met with social work staff to talk about the needs of state child welfare professionals and how Beshear’s proposal to add 350 more staff can help better protect families and children. Beshear and Friedlander visited the L and N Building in Louisville – which houses the state’s largest social...