Tuesday, October 25, 2016

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Prohibited Use Locations for EBT Cards

There are some locations where people are prohibited from using their EBT cards.  When they do use their cards at a prohibited location, it creates a lot of work for us, because there are required actions we have to take. 

Federal and State law require the state department to enforce the prohibition of customers accessing benefits at an automated teller machine (ATM) or Point of Sale (POS) machine located in an establishment in which a customer is prohibited from accessing cash benefits.

These locations include:
* Locations licensed to sell malt, vinous, or spirited liquors, including liquor stores, brew pubs, and bars.  This includes convenience stores/gas stations and restaurants that sell full strength alcohol. 
*  Gambling establishments such as casinos, race tracks, and bingo halls.  This includes businesses geared toward children. 
* Adult oriented entertainment including adult video stores, strip clubs and peep shows.

* Stores in which the principle business is the sale of firearms.  

Area Agency on Aging & ADRC to host 16th Annual Caregiver’s Conference

The 16th Annual Caregiver’s Conference will be held on Thursday, November 11th from 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Mesa County Workforce Center (512 29 ½ Rd GJ).  The registration fee is just $5 and includes lunch, keynote speaker and materials.

The featured keynote speaker Lori Ramos LeMasters’ will present “The Write Tool at the Right Time.”  Her presentation features using the "write" tool at the right time. She will be conducting an interactive presentation on journaling (writing) to prevent burn out for care givers. LeMasters utilizes journaling to help caregivers create a self-care plan, as well as other tools and tips to help prevent burnout. LeMasters’ is the founder of Care Partners Resource http://carepartnersresource.com/

 “We are very excited to offer this important conference for the 16th year,” said Dave Norman, Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Colorado.  “This is a tremendous value, for a $5 registration fee.  Attendees will have access to vendors, lunch and a very interesting keynote speaker.” added Norman.

Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. To register, please call Western Colorado 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 244-8400. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor and her Team Garner State Recognition

Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor and her team are recognized for their outstanding work in Mesa County. 

Too often we do not take the time to recognize the “Great Job” that people do.  I wanted to
take this opportunity to point out a person on your staff whose work ethic, professionalism and dedication is far above other Child Welfare Supervisors we work with on a daily basis.  Jacque Berry’s exemplary performance is not just a beacon of light on a hill, but a true “Light House” who stands above others, brings light and positive energy to every occasion, and has a rock solid foundation of experience and knowledge that she shares.  She continually strives for perfection regarding the operation of the Hotline in Mesa County, but does so in a very constructive and positive manner.  Just one of the most amazing accomplishments that we really admire is her management of the Pending Queue.  In fact, Mesa County is #1 in the state.  When you consider high call volume in Mesa County that is an amazing accomplishment.   We will be featuring her accomplishment in the next Hotline Newsletter as a Hotline Spotlight recipient.  Thank you for helping keep the children of Colorado safer.  
Jack Hilbert
Colorado State Hotline System Manager

In Observance of Presidents Day, Mesa County Department of Human Services offices will be Closed

In observance of Presidents Day, all Mesa County Department of Human Services offices will be closed on Monday, February 17. All offic...