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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 (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. 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 Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2766 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Twelve month work participation rate for work-eligible Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) recipients in federally defined work activities4643505050
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)200189180180180

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved27494777259.40
Enhance: Pregnant Women and Children - MD Kids Grant Funds535893-2.00
Enhance: Kresge Foundation Opportunity Ecosystems Grant Funds2316640.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.6237722.00
FY20 Approved28886106259.40