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|Tuesday, October 13, 1998 |
Tommy G. Thompson
News Media Contact
DWD News Office
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Joint effort supports stabilized
service in Milwaukee County
Madison, WI Additional staff resources, including 12 new workers, will be hired and additional training made available to ensure a stable human services' workforce in Milwaukee County, according to a joint announcement today by Linda Stewart, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary, and Ralph Hollmon, Milwaukee County Human Services director.
"This effort will not only enhance the partnership between Milwaukee County and the W-2 agencies, but it will also ensure seamless service for families and children in need," noted Stewart.
The State will allocate an additional $1.3 million to support Milwaukee County's income maintenance program for calendar year 1998. The program, which functions in cooperation with the five Wisconsin Works (W-2) agencies in Milwaukee County, determines eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and child care.
"Our goal is to meet the needs of Milwaukee County's families in the most efficient and effective ways," said Hollmon. "The additional staff resources and the enhanced training will allow the county to fill positions more quickly, reduce caseloads, and, in turn, speed up processing of child care authorizations as well as food stamp and Medicaid requests."
The income maintenance program supports W-2's goal of strengthening people's connection to the workforce, according to Stewart.
"Increasing responsiveness to Milwaukee's families for supportive services and shortening the time for determining eligibility and authorizing payments is a major step in supporting families in their pursuit of economic self-sufficiency," said Stewart.
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