To the Residents of Champaign County: The Champaign County Department of Job & Family Services and the Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties, will hold a Title XX Public Hearing beginning at 4:00p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 1512 S. US Hwy 68, Conference Room B (in the Champaign County Community Center), Urbana. The purpose of this hearing is to provide opportunity for input as to the Social Service needs of Champaign County and review the agencies proposed plans for program years beginning October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2025.
We want to encourage citizen participation in planning for public social services and, as such, you are cordially invited to attend this public hearing. Whether you are a member for an advocacy group, an agency representative, or a Champaign County citizen, your views and comments are important to our planning process. Should you desire to give testimony at the hearing, it is requested that you contact Stacy Cox, Champaign County Department of Job & Family Services (937) 484-1500 ext. 2758 or Tammy Nicholl, Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services board of Logan and Champaign Counties, (937) 465-1045 so we may allow time for you.
Written testimony may be sent to either of the agencies listed above – please contact them for mailing address. If you do not desire to provide testimony, you are still encouraged to attend to see how the planning process works.
As social service agencies for YOU, we are looking forward to seeing you at the Public Hearing and, hopefully through our mutual effort, we can develop a meaningful service plan for the citizens for Champaign County.
Stacy Cox, Director
Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services
Tammy Nicholl, Executive Director
Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties
February is the last month that households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will also receive an emergency SNAP allotment.
The federal government created the monthly emergency payment to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been helping to prepare families for this change,” Stacy Cox, director of the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS), said. “In March, SNAP families will return to receiving just one monthly payment, their standard SNAP benefit.”
She advises households that will need additional food assistance when the emergency SNAP allotment ends to reach out to the following community resources:
The ending of the emergency payments is the result of federal law, so the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and local JFS offices like CCDJFS have no authority to make exceptions, Cox said. “Our office will not be able to return any calls associated with the loss of the emergency allotment.”
Medicaid eligibility reviews to resume in April
Cox added that under the same federal law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the Medicaid program will resume conducting full eligibility redeterminations of Medicaid recipients. These reviews had been put on hold due to the pandemic.
Cash prize to benefit two local veteran organizations
“Our service to veterans is a team effort,” says Ron Orr, who works out of the OMJCC office as disabled veterans outreach specialist for the ODJFS Office of Workforce Development. Orr, who served 23 years in the Ohio Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force, nominated OMJCC for the award and designated the VFW and DAV to receive the cash prize. He helps veterans in Champaign, Logan and Union counties.
Priority service for veterans
Through the Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, OMJCC—a service of the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services—provides priority service to veterans. New clients are asked from the start whether they served in the military so OMJCC can offer them services they’re entitled to as veterans. Each veteran completes a questionnaire to help determine their needs and status (for instance, if they’re disabled, a Vietnam era vet, have low income, or need education assistance).
“We help all veterans who come through our door,” Orr said.
Veterans and other clients have access to OMJCC’s state-of-the-art resource room, which is equipped with seven computer stations where they can search for jobs, develop resumes, find training programs and improve interviewing skills—all with staff assistance, as needed.
Andrea Mitchell, OMJCC employer services representative, provides veterans’ resumes to employers first. She builds and maintains relationships with local businesses to help match their needs with the skills of veterans and other job seekers.
Orr says, “Andrea assists all qualified veterans through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program and has had many successes in helping veterans with sustained employment and training opportunities in the Champaign County area.” WIOA helps people, including veterans, access employment, education, training and support services and helps match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Personalized service for veterans
“We provide veterans very personalized service to meet their specific needs,” says Amy Sherman, OMJCC workforce supervisor. “We talk with them about barriers they have to employment, so we can make the connections to help them achieve success in the workforce.”
OMJCC partners with a network of community services to help veterans and their families address issues such as transportation, health care, medical disability, food insecurity, homelessness, or workforce reentry following prison. These partners include Champaign County Veterans Services, the VFW, DAV, CCDJFS, the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Caring Kitchen, Champaign Transit and the Bridges Community Action Partnership.
“It’s the whole community working together for our veterans,” Orr says.
Stacy Cox, CCDJFS director, says, “Each member of the OhioMeansJobs team plays a part in serving each veteran. Other members of the team include Beth McFann, eligibility referral services II; Alyssa Theodor, eligibility referral services I; and Lindsey Guidera, social services worker I.
The benefits of hiring veterans
“Veterans bring a unique set of soft skills to employers – a work ethic second to none,” Orr says. “They come to work on time, are committed to work, and have skills in leadership that they bring to their communities and employers. It’s a big help to employers when they don’t have to deal with attendance and performance issues.”
Veterans also bring to the job specialized skills gained in their military service. Orr and the OMJCC team help veterans translate their military-gained skills and credentials to skills that local employers are looking for.
In accepting the cash award from OMJCC, Fred Williams, quartermaster of VFW Post 5451 and adjutant for DAV Chapter 31, said, “This award is a real blessing for the veterans we serve. We help local veterans any way we can, and this may help us restart our food bank.” He added that the VFW and DAV provide meals for veterans in need, provide an honor guard for veterans’ funerals and donate use of the VFW/DAV headquarters banquet hall for celebrations of life.
For more information, contact OMJCC at 937-484-1581. OMJCC is located in Suite J100 of the Champaign County Community Center, 1512 U.S. 68, Urbana. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide WIOA and CCMEP Youth Services. Proposals are to be submitted in an envelope and must adhere to the following requirements:
Proposals submitted to: Champaign County Commissioners
1512 S. US Hwy 68 Suite A-100
Urbana, Ohio 43078
Deadline for submission: Wednesday, May 20, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EST
*Note: Late proposals WILL NOT be accepted.
Proposal Requirements: In a Sealed Envelope, clearly marked RFP Youth Services DJFS. Typewritten, single-spaced on 8.5” x 11” plain white paper. No longer than 30 pages including attachments.
5 copies submitted, each stapled in the upper left-hand corner. No binders, covers or coils permitted.
*Specifications and proposal documents can be found at https://www.champaigndjfs.org/news/category/rfp and are on file at, and be obtained from, the office of Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services, 1512 S. US Hwy 68, Suite N100 Urbana, Ohio 43078.
*CCDJFS reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any defect in a proposal which does not materially alter the contract document.
*Please note CCCDJFS exempt from all Federal, State, and Local Sales and/or Excise Taxes.
*You may view this notice on the CCDJFS web site by going to https://www.champaigndjfs.org/news/category/rfp.
The Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) has launched an updated website, www.champaigndjfs.org, streamlined to make it easier for visitors to find and connect with the services they need.
CCDJFS Director Stacy Cox adds that the new website furthers the agency’s efforts over the last several years “to make our services more easily accessible to the public in person and online.” Digital access to services became increasingly important during the pandemic when offices were temporarily closed to the public.
The new website is less complicated than CCDJFS’s previous website so that visitors can locate the services and information they need faster – including OhioMeansJobs workforce services, financial and health assistance, child support, and family and children services, including adult protective services.
The website also features CCDJFS news, posts from the agency’s Facebook page, CCDJFS job opportunities, and links to email addresses for submitting applications and paperwork for services – to help those who prefer the convenience of online access.
Cox adds that the website also offers easy access to Champaign County’s Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) plan and program application. PRC provides a wide range of temporary assistance to help qualified low-income families gain self-sufficiency.
Also on the website, CCDJFS is debuting a new logo. The logo reflects the scope of the agency’s services and the people it serves, Cox says. While the agency’s previous logo featured a stylized family – father, mother and children – the new, abstract logo symbolizes the agency’s broader reach, which includes single-parent families, senior citizens, children, as well as businesses and their employees through workforce development services.
Cox adds that the logo borrows from the colors CCDJFS uses in its annual awareness campaigns – blue, for child abuse prevention; purple, for elder abuse awareness; and green, for child support and fraud prevention.
“The logo interweaves the different programs and the different people we serve – not just families,” Cox said.
The information through this site may include inaccuracies or errors. The Champaign County DJFS website should not be relied upon for personal, legal or financial decisions. Consult the appropriate CCDJFS personnel for advice relevant to your situation.