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Program Description

  Office of Eligibility and Support Services

The Office of Eligibility and Support Services (OESS) serves low-income families and individuals facing significant challenges in meeting basic needs to include food, medical coverage, shelter, and child care. The Child Care Subsidies program and its functions have been merged into OESS. OESS determines eligibility for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA); Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP); Refugee Cash Assistance; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- formerly known as Food Stamps); Medical Assistance for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled to include Long-Term Care and, the Affordable Care Act which includes Community Medical Assistance, Maryland Children's Health Program, Medical Assistance for Families and Children and Refugee Medical Assistance. This program also administers the County's Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program that provides child care subsidy for county residents who are over the income eligibility for Maryland Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) and determines eligibility for the County's healthcare for the uninsured (Maternity Partnership, Care for Kids, Senior Dental Program, and Montgomery Cares).

Program Contacts

Contact JoAnn Barnes of the HHS - Children, Youth and Family Services at 240.777.1223 or Joshua Watters of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2768 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Twelve month work participation rate for work-eligible Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) recipients in federally defined work activities3946485050
Percentage increase in families accessing Food Stamps as a support to self sufficiency measured as the number of families applying for Food Stamp assistance (compared to FY05 as the base year)230200200200200

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved27864064260.40
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-369830-1.00
FY19 Recommended27494234259.40