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Department of Public Health & Human Services



June 1999



Public Assistance Gearing for FAIM Evolution

New federal regulations and legislative changes to the
Families Achieving Independence in Montana (FAIM)
program highlighted discussion last month in Helena for
public assistance county directors, supervisors and
central office staff.

The quarterly combined management meeting focused
on exciting changes being initiated in response to the
"message" heard throughout the 1999 Legislature —
"FAIM is a great program, but it's time to begin looking
at FAIM Phase II." This theme is consistent with input
received from FAIM Coordinators and WoRC operators.

As public assistance employees approach the next
biennium, they will implement new statutes requiring
changes to FAIM sanctioning and to study the effects of
sanctioning. They are also encouraged to develop
intermediate, more intensive services that could help
families avoid sanctions.

Additionally, changes in federal TANF (Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families) regulations, released in
mid-April, will allow for more flexibility within FAIM, and
could make FAIM a transitional program to support and
reward working families who stay employed. Public
assistance staff plan to solicit feedback from
communities and staff about needed changes for the
next phase of welfare reform.
One budget proposal approved by the Legislature
provides flexibility to develop specific services to address
employment barriers FAIM participants face. Enhanced
employment and training services, chemical dependency
counseling, increased child care funds and other "safety
net" services set Montana in motion to enter FAIM
Phase II.
A large portion of the meeting was also dedicated to:

♦ Discussion about future challenges to the FAIM
program.

♦ Collaboration with county governments to develop
better funding solutions for public assistance
programs.

♦ Working together with communities to develop
intensive services to help FAIM participants achieve
success.




JUNE

National Safety Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month

June 8

Governor's Council on Families

8:30 am, to 3 p m.

Labor & Industry Building Room 104, Helena

Contact: Kate Potter, 444-9772

June 9-10

FAIM statewide Advisory Council

8:30 am -5 p m

Cogswell Building, Room C209B, Helena

June 10

9 am -5 p m.

Tobacco Free-Montana Coalition meeting
Jorgenson's, 1720 11th Ave., Helena.
Contact Chns Deveny, 444-2555

June 11

8:30 a.m. -noon

Tobacco Free-Montana Coalition meeting
Jorgenson's, 1720 11th Ave., Helena.
Contact Chris Deveny, 444-2555

June 18

10 a.m. -3 p.m.

MT Public Health Improvement Task Force Meeting

Kalispell

Contact: Melanie Reynolds, 444-4474

June 22

10 30 am -2:30 p.m

State Advisory Counal on Food & Nutrition. Bozeman
Contact: Crystelle Fogle, 444-2672

June 23

10:30 a.m. -2 p.m

Eat Right Montana Nutrition Coalition, Bozeman

Contact: Crystelle Fogle, 444-2672

June 23

Satellite Conference: "Coping with Change through
strategic Management The Experience of Four
State Health Departments"

11 am. -12:30 pm
Sanders Building, Room 307
Contact: Melanie Reynolds, 444-4474

June 24-25

Conference on Recognizing, Treating & Preventing
Childhood Depression
Doubletree Inn, Missoula
Contact: 442-4276

Julys

HOLIDAY - INDEPENDENCE DAY OBSERVED

July?

Fetal Infant Child Mortality Review (FICMR)
State Review Team Meeting, Helena
Contact: Debby Henderson, 444-2794



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A Message From the Director:



Dedicated Employees Make Session Successful

The Legislature has ended and summer is nearly here. What a perfect time of the year!

To help illustrate the degree to which a state agency absorbs itself during the
Legislature, I thought it would be informative to list all the bills DPHHS initiated
during the session, as well as others that our employees "tracked" by providing
testimony, general information or simple progress monitoring. This may also help
prevent any surprises about new legislation.

You'll find these lists on this page, as well as pages 6 and 7. And remember, these
are only a few of the bills in which DPHHS employees took a professional interest.

My sincere compliments go to staff members who had a role in legislative
assistance: Lawmakers approved 15 of the 16 bills DPHHS initiated, and every bill that DPHHS
supported or asked to be amended was successful.

If you'd like additional information about any of these bills, you can view them on the Internet (http://
laws. leg. state. mt.us/law/plsql/law0203w$. startup) or contact our legal office at 444-4094.

Or, if you'd prefer to forget about bills and testimony and hearings, just kick back and enjoy the
summer. After all, the 2001 Legislature is just 18 months away!




Laurie Ekanger
DPHHS Director







Bills In


itiated By


DPHHS




Bill Type -
Number


LC
Number


Primary
Sponsor


Status


Status Date


Short Title


HB70


LC0209


Joan Hurdle


Chapter
Number
Assigned


03/24/1999


License adult foster care
facilities for other purposes




HB126


LC0130


Royal
Johnson


Chapter
Number
Assigned


04/20/1999


Provide for the use of
automated external
defibrillators




HB127


LC0232


Royal
Johnson


Chapter
Number
Assigned


05/10/1999


Generally revise child
support enforcement laws to
improve services




HB131


LC0688


Betty Lou
Kasten


(H) 3rd

Reading

Failed*


03/25/1999


Tobacco settlement proceeds
use




HB170


LC0234


Gay Ann
Masolo


Chapter
Number
Assigned


03/19/1999


Revise renal treatment laws




HB180


LC0208


Loren Soft


Chapter
Number
Assigned


04/23/1999


Guardianship petition for
youth in need of care




SB 30


LC0230


Don
Hargrove


Chapter
Number
Assigned


02/20/1999


Extend applicability of child
support enforcement laws




SB 62


LC0233


Bob Keenan


Chapter
Number
Assigned


02/20/1999


Extend medical savings
account law




SB 76


LC0231


Tom A Beck


Chapter

Number
Assigned


02/20/1999


Revise assignment of support
rights


SB 77


LC0229


Bob Keenan


Chapter
Number
Assigned


02/20/1999


Revise applicability of
prevailing wage on
competitive bid public
contracts





(Continued on Page 6)



Child Support Administrator Wellbank
Chosen to Lead National Organization

Mary Ann Wellbank, Adnninistrator of the DPHHS Child Support Enforcement
Division, has been selected by her colleagues from across the nation to
become President of the National Council of State Child Support
Enforcement Administrators (NCSCSEA).

The council promotes policy development to improve the federal Title IV-D
Child Support Enforcement Program. The national group also provides a
forum for state IV-D Child Support Enforcement Administrators to discuss
common problems and solutions associated with child support programs;
provides a structure for communicating Council issues with federal agencies; and maintains
continuing dialogue with federal agencies on matters of concern to the Council.

Wellbank, who has served as CSED Administrator for the past seven years, previously
served as Secretary and Vice President of NCSCSEA.

"It is a real honor to serve in this position," Wellbank said. "It will allow Montana to
continue to be involved in national policy development."




2nd Annual DPHHS Charity Tourney for Hope Project August 20



Make plans to participate in the second
annual DPHHS charity golf tournament August
20 to raise money for the Montana Hope
Project and fulfill the wishes of critically ill
Montana children.

The Hope Project, started in 1984, has
granted more than 130 wishes, with all
funding received through donations and fund-
raising events.

The golf tourney, open to the public, takes
place at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Helena,
corner of York Road and Lake Helena Drive.
Play will consist of nine holes of regulation
and nine holes on the par three course in a
five-person scramble format.

Players are asked to check in by 8:30 a.m.;
tourney play begins at 10 a.m. Cost is $45
per person, which includes green fees, entry
for prize drawings and lunch. Carts are
optional and cost $16. There are no
restrictions to team membership; if you want
to play and don't have a full team, contact
Robert Rule at 444-6794 or 227-2601.

Entry forms are available at Fox Ridge Golf
Course and Diamondback Golf.



Each player from the top four teams will
receive trophies. Other prizes are as follows:

Set of Taylor Made golf clubs by Fox

Ridge Pro Shop
% 4x4 ATV by Helena Cycle Center
V 1999 Chevy S10 by Power Chevrolet

Vacations

Pin prizes

Entries are due by August 13. Return forms
and payment to Noon's (formerly Jay's
Gasamat on Montana Avenue), or to Fox
Ridge Golf Course. Make checks payable to
Montana Hope Project.
Or mail to:
ROBERT V. RULE,
C/0: HOPE
PROJECT GOLF
3768 DUDLEY ST.,
EAST HELENA,
MT 59635.





INTRODUCTIONS

Jackie Jandt, Program Coordinator

Community Incentive Program, Addictive &- Mental Disorders Division

Address: Room C-118, Cogswell Building, 1400 Broadway

PO Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620-2951
Phone: 444-0582 Fax: 444-4435
e-mail: [email protected]

Once upon a time, Jackie Jandt found time for horses, country living and watching sunsets. As
the program coordinator for the Community Incentive Program (CIP) since December 1998, Jackie
is now immersed in the ambitious task of fulfilling the CIP mission: "Build one voice for
Prevention" \r\ Montana.

CIP is a three-year, $9-million cooperative agreement with the federal government to develop a
comprehensive statewide strategy for the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among
Montana's youth. The strategy will use a risk and protective framework for prevention, with most
of the funds (85 percent) distributed to communities.

"Patient but persistent" is how Jackie describes herself when explaining how to manage such an
imposing task and oversee a huge sum of money that everyone wants. "Integrating all prevention
services and ensuring the different federal requirements are met" will challenge the speed in which
CIP activities proceed, Jandt said. Great care and time are needed to develop a comprehensive
community-based model of prevention that will be sustained long into the future, she added.

Jandt's vast scope of responsibilities include: managing daily CIP expenses, reporting, planning
activities, tracking implementation, monitoring effectiveness of community-based programs, and
recommending policy and procedures. She also oversees a staff of five people who assist her with
coordinating and delivering training and technical assistance to communities across the state.
Jandt and her staff are certified to provide "Communities that Care" training, which facilitates
communities' abilities to integrate risk and protective prevention plans. Her travels throughout
Montana has led Jackie to appreciate and applaud the many dedicated community members and
state employees who have a true passion for prevention and the future of children.

Jandt began her DPHHS career in the Medicaid Services Division in 1992, becoming known as
the "Refinance Queen" because of her partnerships with other agencies to optimize funding
streams. Jackie, who also completed the DPHHS Management Intern Program, credits the strong
mentoring of Mary Dalton and Nancy Eilery for providing her a chance to grow professionally.

Her strong dedication to children motivates her. When she is not consumed by CIP activities,
Jackie participates in 4-H and spends time with her husband of 10 years. But most importantly,
she is amused by her Dalmatian Dyllan, who has a weirder sense of humor then herself.




DPHHS Bureau Honored

Michelle Thibodeau, chief of the Disability Determination
Services Bureau for DPHHS. accepted the Social Security
Administration's highest honor, the Commissioner's
Citation, on behalf of her 40-member staff during a special
ceremony at the DDS office last month. Presenting the
award were Gov. Marc Racicot and Richard Gonzales,
regional Social Security Administrator



Summertime Sizzle: Advice for Healthy Barbeque Fun



Summertime is barbecue time in Montana. As
the days get longer and warmer, our taste
buds naturally long for the savory flavor of food
cooked on outdoor grills. Fortunately, barbecue
meals can also be quick, easy, and tasty ways
to get the nutrients our bodies need for
summer fun.

"Grilled foods can be a delicious way
to pump nutrients into summer
meals," says Phyllis Dennee, MS, of
Montana Extension Service at MSU-
Bozeman. "Serve up sizzling Montana
beef, or your favorite lean meat, with a variety
of summer produce - and you've got a
nutrition combination that cant be beat."

According to Dennee, lean beef is a delicious
source of protein, iron, zinc, and other nutrients
for everyone in your family. Lean beef, like cuts
from the round and the loin, makes great
grilled entrees. When using cuts from the
round, maximize tenderness by marinating at
least six hours before cooking. Loin cuts, which
are naturally more tender, can be marinated for
15 minutes to 2 hours to enhance flavor.

Eat Right Montana, a statewide network of
health and nutrition professionals, urges
Montanans to be adventurous with their
summer meals. Adding fruits and vegetables to
barbecues can enhance the absorption of iron
- and pump up your intake of cancer-fighting
phytochemicals at the same time.

"Almost any fruit or vegetable can be grilled -

just like meats, poultry and

fish," says Dennee. "Cut

your favorite produce into

fairly thick slices, brush with a little olive oil,

and grill until tender. A layer of cooking foil

with a few holes may be necessary for softer



items like summer squash or peaches." For a
twice-as-nice taste treat, grill an extra steak and
a few more veggies. Slice the steak thinly, mix
with the vegetables, and serve on a bed of
fresh Romaine lettuce with vinaigrette dressing.
Voila - instant lunch!



Pumping Up Your Iron Intake:
Go for food first, supplements second

Iron is an important nutrient for everyone - from
tiny babies to active seniors. Iron helps your
body carry oxygen. Iron is also critically
important in learning and in fighting disease.
Food is the *1 place to get iron and other
nutrients, because:

• Nutrients that your body uses at the
same time, like iron, zinc and protein,
are often found in the same food.

• Many nutrients are better absorbed
from food than pills.

• Food provides the energy you need,
along with GREAT taste!

Before you pop an iron supplement, use these
tasty tips to pump your iron intake.

HIGH IRON FOODS:

Choose high iron foods from all the layers of the
Food Guide Pyramid.

• Look for iron fortified and whole grain
breads and cereals.

• Enjoy more broccoli, spinach, prunes,
raisins and dried apricots.

• Choose lean meats, like beef cuts
from the round and loin.

• Eat plenty of other protein foods, like
dried beans, poultry and fish.



Anniversary Congratulations! .



Congratulations to Pete Surdock, Addictive
and Mental Disorders Division in Helena, and
Nicholas Kopp, Montana State Hospital, who
were recognized for 30 years of state
government service in May.

In addition, the following DPHHS employees
received recognition for 25 years:

Bruci Ann Hall DSD Great Falls
Barbara Hinsz MVH Columbia Falls
James Nolan HCSD Helena
Cathy Orrino MSH Warm Springs
Carol Paull MSH Warm Springs
Norma Lee Williams MVH Columbia Falls



Those honored for 20 years were:
Edward Amberg MSH Warm Springs
Helen Amberg MSH Warm Springs
Eileen Page HCSD Missoula
Betty Pettibone HCSD Great Falls
Janice Schindele CFSD Great Falls
John Philip Sevores MSH Warm Springs
Peggy Williams DSD Helena
Tana Wing MDC, Boulder

Congratulations and
thanks for your faithful
and devoted service!



m



Bills initiated By DPHHS, Continued.



SB 81


LC0449


John Harp


Chapter
Number
Assigned


05/07/1999


Establish children's health
insurance program




SB 93


LC0206


Don
Hargrove


Chapter
Number
Assigned


02/18/1999


Revise subsidized adoption
law




SB 101


LC0211


Eve Franklin


Chapter
Number
Assigned


03/24/1999


Clarify emergency service
infectious disease laws




SB 114


LC0228


Fred Thomas


Chapter
Number
Assigned


03/23/1999


Set requirements for worker's
comp coverage for FAIM
project participants




SB 116


LCOIM


Bill Glaser


Chapter
Number
Assigned


03/19/1999


Generally revise statutes
relating to health care
facilities




SB 124


LC0235


Tom A Beck


Chapter
Number
Assigned


04/06/1999


Generally revise laws relating
to mental health





Other Bills of Interest to DPHHS



SB 353


LC1465


Eve
Franklin


Chapter Number


04/23/1999


Establish limits on




Assigned




sanctions of food stamps,
medicaid, and childcare
recipients


HB54


LC0341


Red Menahan


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/22/1999


Creating the criminal
offense of assault with a
bodily fluid




HB266


LC0963


Mary Anne
Guggenheim


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/23/1999


Revise coverage and
treatment reqs for pku to
include other disorders,
med foods




HB269


LC1251


Brad Molnar


(H) Died in Process*


04/22/1999


Establish a family
advocacy program




HB275


LC0528


Beverly
Bamhart


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/23/1999


Establish statewide &
community long-term
planning for the aging
population




HB276


LC0530


Beverly
Bamhart


(H) Missed Deadhne
for Appropriation
Bill Transmittal*


03/26/1999


Community ombudsman
in areas with assisted
living facilities




HB313


LC0074


Bob Raney


(S) Died in Standmg
Committee*


04/22/1999


Great the child support
assurance program




HB349


LCI 272


Bill Thomas


Chapter Number
Assigned


03/23/1999


Waive performance
security waiver for
certain county projects




HB515


LC0512


Larry Grinde


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/29/1999


Provide interim study of
competition by state
political subdiv in
private sector




HB5$4


LCI 399


Billie Krenzler


(H) Missed Deadline
for Appropriation
Bill Transmittal*


03/26/1999


Insurance commissioner
oversight of mental
health managed care




HB607


LCI 508


Loren Soft


Chapter Number


04/29/1999


Regulate health carriers
and managed care
entities








Assigned











Othe


r Bills of


interest to DPHHS Continued. . .


HE 613


LC1598


JetfMangan


(H) Missed Deadline
for Appropriation
Bill Transmittal*


03/26/1999


DPHHS to administer
tobacco education
curriculum




HB616


LC0927


Monica Lindeen


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/29/1999


Provide for the receipt
of public comment by
electronic mail




HB625


LC1586


Peggy
Bergsagel


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/20/1999


Family impact
statements




HB660


LC0904


Red Menahan


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/29/1999


Provide severance
benefits for laid off
MSH employees




SB 353


LCI 465


Eve Franklm


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/23/1999


Establish limits on
sanctions of food
stamps, medicaid, and
childcare recipients




SB3S5


LCI 160


Duane Grimes


(S) Missed Deadline
for Appropriation
Bill Transmittal*


03/26/1999


Study of health care
endowment and develop
information data base




SB 388


LC0527


Chris
Christiaens


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/23/1999


Add naturopathic
physician to he provider
freedom of
choice;require hsc
coverage




SB 491


LC0945


Duane Grimes


(S) Missed Deadlme
for Appropriation
Bill Transmittal*


03/26/1999


Require mental health
managed care to be
subject to HMO
requirements




SB 534


LC1913


Boh Keenan


Chapter Number
Assigned


05/07/1999


Generally revise laws
regarding public mental
health delivery




HB73


LC0348


Sam Rose


Chapter Number
Assigned


03/16/1999


Revise license procedures for
certain businesses/transfer
functions to revenue




HB32$


LC0796


Robert C
Clark


(H) 2nd Reading
Pass Motion
Failed*


02/20/1999


Seatbelt violation as standard
violation




HB366


LCI 000


Betty Lou
Kasten


Chapter Number
Assigned


05/07/1999


Revise the laws governing
child protective services




PiB367


LC0930


Beverly
Bamhart


(H) Missed
Deadline for
General Bill
Transmittal*


03/01/1999


Revise laws relating to food
establishments




HB368


LC1556


Beverly
Bamhart


(H) Missed
Deadline for
Revenue Bill
Transmittal*


03/31/1999


Submit medium risk food
manufacturing establishment
fee to electorate




HB470


LC1739


Betty Lou
Kasten


Chapter Number
Assigned


05/07/1999


Revise TANF block grant
maintenance of effort
percentage




HB474


LC0909


Chase
Hibbard


Chapter Number
Assigned


03/27/1999


Board of personnel appeals
to redetermine appropriate
bargaining units




HB676


LC1581


John Witt


Chapter Number
Assigned


04/20/1999


Revise laws governing
non-assumed counties




SB 6


LC0119


Don
Hargrove


Chapter Number
Assigned


02/20/1999


Revise drug precursor laws



News and information about the programs and
people in the DPHHS are presented in this
monthly newsletter. This edition was produced
by a committee of employees from various areas
of the agency. The Newsletter Committee
welcomes your suggestions and comments. Ideas
may be sent by regular mail or ZipMailed to any
committee member.

DPHHS attempts to provide reasonable
accommodations for any known disability that
may interfere with a person participating in
any service, program or activity of the
department. Alternative accessible formats of
this document will be provided upon request.
For more information, call (406) 444-2596.

HELP US CONSERVE MONEY AND TREES. If
you have Internet access and would rather
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than receive a paper copy, please call (406)
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mailing list; please have your newsletter mailing
label handy when you call.



The DPHHS web site can be visited at http://
www.dphhs.state.mt.us. The newsletter can be
found in the Resource Room section.

Newsletter Committee members are:



Editor:


Ken Pekoe




Reporters:


Bette Hall


John Zeeck




Kim Evermann


Patty Smith




Jan Lombardi


Susan Ramsey


Distribution






Coordinator:


Kate Potter




Designer:


Peggy Bronson,





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