MISSION: The Chatham County Department of Social Services will protect vulnerable children and adults; strengthen and preserve families; provide access to health care and better nutrition; and promote economic stability while encouraging personal responsibility.
MAJOR PROGRAMS & SERVICES:
- Child Support Enforcement—Provides services related to establishing, collecting and enforcing child support payments required of parents by court order to support the needs of their children.
- Work First—Provides temporary financial assistance to families to meet basic needs while seeking employment, with the goal of helping obtain a job as quickly as possible.
- Medicaid—Provides assistance to eligible low-income residents for medical bills and prescription medications, with programs for both elderly/disabled and children/families.
- Food and Nutrition Services—Provides short-term assistance for low-income households to improve their nutrition, health and well being.
- Child Protective Services—Provides services to children and their parents/caretakers in response to actual or suspected child abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Foster Care Services—Provides licensed and approved foster families who can provide temporary care for children in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
- Adoption Services—Provides for the assessment and approval of individuals to become the permanent placement for children who are legally freed for adoption.
- Energy Assistance—Provides a one-time cash payment to help eligible low-income families pay their heating bills (applications in November);
- Emergency Services/Crisis Intervention—Provides assistance to eligible low-income households experiencing a heating or cooling emergency in their homes.
- Child Care Subsidy—Provides services and subsidies for low-income families to pay for childcare by providing support, technical assistance and education to childcare providers.
- Adult Services—Provides an array of services and financial assistance so that the aging and developmentally disabled adults can either remain in their homes as long as possible or can reside safely in an appropriate facility.
MAIN OFFICE: 102 Camp Drive, Pittsboro, NC
MAIN OFFICE HOURS: 8 am-5 pm on Monday-Friday, except for holidays
MAILING ADDRESS: P. O. Box 489, Pittsboro, NC 27312
DIRECTOR: Jennie Kristiansen
BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES: Click here for more information
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, and KYANNA SHIPP, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,
MANDY COHEN, in her official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,
Civil Case No.: 5:17-cv-00581-FL
ATTENTION MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES: NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER HAWKINS v. COHEN
Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. The case concerns improper terminations of Medicaid benefits.
The Court hearing the case has certified it as a class action. This means that the case is to help not just the people who filed the case but other Medicaid beneficiaries whose Medicaid has been or will be terminated improperly.
The Court has ordered the N.C. Medicaid agency to stop terminations or reductions of Medicaid benefits until eligibility under all Medicaid categories has been considered and advance notice of the right to a hearing has been mailed to you. For example, if you get Medicaid based on having a minor child who is turning eighteen years old, your county Department of Social Services must consider whether you are disabled before they stop your Medicaid.
If you have any questions about this lawsuit or about your rights, you may contact the attorneys who filed the case, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. You can reach these lawyers by calling this toll free number: 1-800-936-4971. You can also send the lawyers an email at Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.
You also may contact these lawyers if you want to report that you lost your Medicaid without a decision that you were no longer eligible for Medicaid under any category or without receiving advance written notice that your Medicaid would stop. There is no cost to you for any help that these lawyers provide to you.