DSHS/ESA received a one-time increase in administrative funds of $3.4 million for FFY 2009 and 2010 to manage increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) caseloads during the recovery.
Funds started on April 2009 and must be spent by September 2010.
Matching funds are not required; however the 2009-11 biennial budget reduced DSHS/ESA General Fund State by half the amount of the grant funds.
FFY 2009 funds are fully expended on salary and benefits related to Financial Services Specialists within the Community Services Division.
Community Service Offices around the State take applications and manage caseloads for the Food Assistance, TANF, General Assistance, and Medicaid programs. These additional Federal Administrative Funds have offset reductions in the Community Service Division's (CSD) workforce. Even with additional federal funding, the current and supplemental budgets have required CSD to reduce its workforce by 8 percent (over 200 positions.)