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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 including food, medical coverage, and childcare. 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 (including 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. OESS provides these services on behalf of the State of Maryland Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, OESS determines eligibility for the County's healthcare for the uninsured services (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 Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Percent 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)182%183%183%183%183%
Number of SNAP Applications Approved 116,55022,84522,84522,84522,845
Number of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) job seekers that entered unsubsidized employment YTD 2740560690690690
Twelve month work participation rate for work-eligible Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) recipients in federally defined work activities47%42%50%50%50%
Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) job retention rate 90 days95%95%95%95%95%
1  Data reflects a historical increase in applications received and approved for April and May 2020.
2  This is expected to trend downwards as more TCA participants engage in educational activities and secure jobs.

Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved31037109262.40
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-2989994.00
FY22 Approved30738110266.40