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Kentucky to receive $6.5 million in service grants from AmeriCorps for 23 state programs

Kentucky has received more than $6.5 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 23 programs with more than 800 total members, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced Tuesday. Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The...

State’s new adoption czar joins ‘hands on deck,’ rethinking whole adoption, foster care system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s new adoption czar spent his first day on the job Monday in a meeting of the House Working Group on Adoption. Dan Dumas, appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an overhaul of Kentucky’s adoption and foster care programs, told lawmakers that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the governor’s office will attack problems from all angles. “The...

Three community groups receive awards for elder abuse prevention efforts by state cabinet

Three community groups have received awards for their work to stop elder abuse. The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), presented the awards at a recent conference focusing on elder abuse prevention. Big Sandy Elder Abuse Council, the Kentucky River Council Against the Maltreatment of Elders (CAME) and the Purchase Elder Abuse Council...

Benefind, assistance program among topics of Glisson’s testimony before U.S. House panel

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson testified on Capitol Hill Thursday before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee meeting was to evaluate technology and modernization in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The secretary provided an overview of Kentucky’s implementation experience with the benefind system...

Glisson announces appointment of two top Health and Family Services Cabinet officials

Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson has announced the appointment of two top officials in the agency. Dr. Hiram Polk, a prominent Louisville surgeon, has been appointed commissioner of the Department for Public Health and Robert S. Silverthorn, Jr., an attorney and retired U.S. Army Major General, has been appointed Inspector General. “I am pleased to announce...