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DHSS Announces Direct Support Professional Recruitment and Retention BonusesDate Posted: October 12, 2021
‘William Penn Day’ in New Castle on Oct. 23, 2021Date Posted: October 12, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Department of Education (DOE) NominationDate Posted: October 12, 2021
Brandywine’s Jahsha Tabron named 2022 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 11, 2021
Grand Jury indicts State Auditor for Abuse of OfficeDate Posted: October 11, 2021
Delaware’s Cancer Mortality Rates Continue To Decrease; Public Health Releases Latest Cancer ReportDate Posted: October 11, 2021
Retired Director of GACEC Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardDate Posted: October 10, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct 8, 2021: Cumulative COVID-19 Death Count Nears 2,000Date Posted: October 8, 2021
DPH Announces Second Human Case of West Nile Virus and First Case Detected in a Horse for 2021Date Posted: October 8, 2021
Statement from Treasurer Davis on Senate Vote to Increase of Debt CeilingDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health EmergencyDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Delaware Announces Community Investment Recovery Fund for Delaware NonprofitsDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Blackbird Creek Reserve Hosts Fall FestivalDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Funding for New Delaware Hospital for the Chronically IllDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Women’s Suffrage Historical MarkerDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Change at Delaware Department of Education (DOE) Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Unemployment Insurance Policy Regarding Employer Vaccine MandatesDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Join the ‘Race to End COVID’ Event at Dover International SpeedwayDate Posted: October 5, 2021
Smokey Bear in Dover for Fire Prevention WeekDate Posted: October 5, 2021
DART First State Receives Grant to Expand Electric Bus FleetDate Posted: October 5, 2021
Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Hall-Long Announce $50M American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Investment in Jobs TrainingDate Posted: October 5, 2021
DPH Announces The Start of Flu Season: Vaccine Is Best Line of Defense For Delawareans 6 months and olderDate Posted: October 4, 2021
$26.4M American Rescue Plan Investment in Wilmington HousingDate Posted: October 4, 2021
Secretary of State Jeff Bullock Wishes Delawareans A Happy Italian American Heritage MonthDate Posted: October 4, 2021
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested October 5Date Posted: October 4, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 1, 2021: Positive Cases and Hospitalizations StabilizeDate Posted: October 4, 2021
National Firefighters Memorial ServiceDate Posted: October 3, 2021
Margaret Rose Henry Bridge Project Finalist for National AwardDate Posted: October 1, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Judicial NominationsDate Posted: October 1, 2021
In Memoriam: Second Lieutenant George M. JohnsonDate Posted: October 1, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings On Conviction of Michael HastingsDate Posted: September 30, 2021
DNREC Issues Two Authorizations to Diamond State Port Corporation for New Shipping Container FacilityDate Posted: September 30, 2021
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Opening in OctoberDate Posted: September 30, 2021
2022 Delaware Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 11Date Posted: September 30, 2021
Renovated Garrisons Lake Boat Ramp Officially OpenDate Posted: September 29, 2021
DPH Oral Health Program, AAP Delaware Chapter Promote Early Literacy, Dental Care Through Book ProgramDate Posted: September 29, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Women’s Suffrage Parade MarkerDate Posted: September 29, 2021
UD and DEMA Partner to Support Long-Term RecoveryDate Posted: September 29, 2021
October Is Delaware Cyber Security Awareness MonthDate Posted: September 29, 2021
Sept. 28, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 28, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Vaccine or Testing Requirement for EducatorsDate Posted: September 28, 2021
DNREC Seeks Entries for Delaware Watersheds Photo ContestDate Posted: September 28, 2021
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Art Imitates My Life and Inspires Young Artists” by Theresa Angela TaylorDate Posted: September 27, 2021
Medicare Assistance Bureau Shares Resources in Advance of Open EnrollmentDate Posted: September 27, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 24, 2021: Positive Cases and Hospitalizations Decline SlightlyDate Posted: September 24, 2021
DPH Advises Vaccine Providers to Offer Pfizer Booster to Eligible DelawareansDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Increased West Nile Virus Activity Occurring in DelawareDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Historical Affairs programs in October 2021Date Posted: September 23, 2021
“Saluting Branches” – Arborist Day of ServiceDate Posted: September 23, 2021
AG Jennings sues Monsanto for PCB contaminationDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia mensuales el 29 de septiembre para todos los hogares de SNAP, TANF elegibleDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Del. to Issue Monthly Emergency Benefits Sept. 29 to All SNAP Households, Eligible TANF, General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Delaware Department of Labor Hosts Job Fairs Throughout September Attracting Hundreds of Job SeekersDate Posted: September 22, 2021
DCRPT convicts former Dewey Beach police officer for 2019 assaultDate Posted: September 22, 2021
Disability Awareness Month Poster Contest CANCELLED for 2021Date Posted: September 22, 2021
Department of State Announces Ownership Transfer of the Kirk and Short Building to the Biggs Museum of American ArtDate Posted: September 21, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 17, 2021: Hospitalizations and Case Numbers Continue Concerning Trend UpwardDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration after Flooding Caused by Tropical Depression IdaDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Three Environmental BillsDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Port Mahon Fishing Pier to Close for Emergency RepairsDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Change at Delaware Department of Human Resources (DHR)Date Posted: September 17, 2021
College Savings Highlighted in Work of Office of the State TreasurerDate Posted: September 17, 2021
DNREC Parks Director Earns National AwardDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Federal Assistance Available for New Castle County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by Hurricane IdaDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Keeping Kids Safe: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety Promotes National Child Passenger Safety WeekDate Posted: September 16, 2021
National POW/MIA Recognition DayDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Gov. Carney, Lt. Gov. Hall-Long, Sen. Carper, Rep. Blunt Rochester Announce $110M Universal Broadband Investment  Date Posted: September 16, 2021
Five-year Discount Trend Shows It’s A Great Time To Preserve Delaware FarmlandDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Stray Cat in New Castle Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 16, 2021
I-95/Route 1 Toll Amnesty Program to Begin October 1Date Posted: September 15, 2021
Delaware Agriculture Secretary Urges Farms to Participate in USDA Agricultural Labor SurveyDate Posted: September 15, 2021
Plan to Connect Donovan Smith Manufactured Home Community Gets Important Conditional ApprovalDate Posted: September 14, 2021
Unclaimed Property MONEY MATCH Program reunites over $900,000 to Delaware TaxpayersDate Posted: September 13, 2021
Governor Carney Proclaims Sept. 20-24 as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in DelawareDate Posted: September 13, 2021
DNREC to Begin Construction on Pomeroy Trail  Lighting in White Clay Creek State ParkDate Posted: September 13, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 10, 2021: Daily COVID-19 Cases Hits Highest Number Since JanuaryDate Posted: September 10, 2021
DNREC to Host Auburn Valley Master Plan Community MeetingDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Governor Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney Encourage Reading This FallDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Deer in Rehoboth Beach Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Flags to be Lowered September 11 in Observance of Patriot DayDate Posted: September 10, 2021
DNREC Chester-Choptank Watershed Report Details Wetland Health and Management RecommendationsDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to Temporarily Close for DredgingDate Posted: September 9, 2021
Auditor McGuiness: Annual Statewide Audit Again Finds Problems With DHSS’ Medicaid ProgramDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health EmergencyDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Governor Carney, City of Wilmington, and DEMA Announce Flood Assistance ProgramsDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Fox in Greenwood Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 8, 2021
DNREC and Partners Earn Award for Living Shoreline ProjectDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Delaware Receives $10.8 Million to Improve Access to Affordable Health Coverage through Reinsurance ProgramDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Auditor McGuiness to Hold Town Halls on Spending of American Rescue Plan FundsDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Nominations Open for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards; Submission Deadline is Sept. 27Date Posted: September 7, 2021
DNREC to Begin Construction on Fort Delaware EnhancementsDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept. 3, 2021: Hospitalizations, Cases Continue Concerning Trend UpwardDate Posted: September 3, 2021
DPH Announces First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Delaware Since 2018Date Posted: September 3, 2021
STATEMENT: Gov. Carney on Gov. Markell’s Appointment as White House Operation Allies Welcome CoordinatorDate Posted: September 3, 2021
Auditor McGuiness Supports Federal Legislation to End PBMs’ Predatory PracticesDate Posted: September 3, 2021
DNREC Announces Photo Contest WinnersDate Posted: September 3, 2021
Elsmere Woman Charged With Animal CrueltyDate Posted: September 2, 2021
Treasurer Davis Elected Vice President for Eastern Region TreasurersDate Posted: September 2, 2021
Historical Affairs Programs In September 2021Date Posted: September 1, 2021

Delaware Health and Social Services | News | Date Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

NEW CASTLE (Oct. 12, 2021) – The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) and Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) are pleased to announce immediate efforts to stabilize and strengthen the home and community-based services (HCBS) workforce that serves thousands of individuals across Delaware. The State will make targeted payments to recruit and retain the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are the critical infrastructure of the human services support system.
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Congress provided a temporary 10% increase in federal matching funds to enhance, expand, and strengthen home and community-based services supported by Medicaid.
“Investing in our Direct Support Professional workforce is the first step toward strengthening and expanding our system as a whole,” DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik said. “These investments will be used to support DSPs operating across our entire network of home and community-based services, but will be made available first to DSPs supporting Delawareans with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Maintaining the integrity of this workforce ensures continued availability of this community lifeline for the individuals and families who rely on DSPs every single day.”
Approximately 3,000 DSPs play a vital role in providing critical support for Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these essential staff are enabling Delawareans with IDD to maintain their jobs and live safely in their communities.
In order to access this additional federal funding, states must develop a detailed spending plan demonstrating how and where the funds will be used. Delaware’s spending plan will include payments directly to DSPs:
Each new DSP, employed on or after May 1, 2021, who works a minimum of 25 hours a week could receive a recruitment payment of up to $1,000.
Existing DSPs who were employed prior to April 30, 2021, and who worked an average of 25 hours a week would be eligible for a one-time $1,000 payment.
DHSS intends to begin submitting payments to providers later this month.
Additional details on supports for DSPs working in other sectors of HCBS will be released soon. Additional information on Delaware’s ARPA spending plan can be found on the DHSS website.
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The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

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Delaware Health and Social Services | News | Date Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

NEW CASTLE (Oct. 12, 2021) – The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) and Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) are pleased to announce immediate efforts to stabilize and strengthen the home and community-based services (HCBS) workforce that serves thousands of individuals across Delaware. The State will make targeted payments to recruit and retain the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are the critical infrastructure of the human services support system.
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Congress provided a temporary 10% increase in federal matching funds to enhance, expand, and strengthen home and community-based services supported by Medicaid.
“Investing in our Direct Support Professional workforce is the first step toward strengthening and expanding our system as a whole,” DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik said. “These investments will be used to support DSPs operating across our entire network of home and community-based services, but will be made available first to DSPs supporting Delawareans with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Maintaining the integrity of this workforce ensures continued availability of this community lifeline for the individuals and families who rely on DSPs every single day.”
Approximately 3,000 DSPs play a vital role in providing critical support for Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these essential staff are enabling Delawareans with IDD to maintain their jobs and live safely in their communities.
In order to access this additional federal funding, states must develop a detailed spending plan demonstrating how and where the funds will be used. Delaware’s spending plan will include payments directly to DSPs:
Each new DSP, employed on or after May 1, 2021, who works a minimum of 25 hours a week could receive a recruitment payment of up to $1,000.
Existing DSPs who were employed prior to April 30, 2021, and who worked an average of 25 hours a week would be eligible for a one-time $1,000 payment.
DHSS intends to begin submitting payments to providers later this month.
Additional details on supports for DSPs working in other sectors of HCBS will be released soon. Additional information on Delaware’s ARPA spending plan can be found on the DHSS website.
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The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

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Related Topics:  COVID-19, DDDS, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware Medicaid, DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik, Direct Support Professionals, DMMA, DSPs, Home and Community-Based Services

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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