Programs and Services | Search by Keyword

To filter results, enter desired search term in the search field. To change the number of visible services, use the drop menu. Click the name of the service to link to more information.

 

  Service  Description
Access to Recovery ProgramArkansas ATR is a grant-funded initiative which provides vouchers to clients for purchase of substance use disorder clinical treatment and recovery support services. The goals of the program are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services
Accounts PayableProcesses travel reimbursement and employee requests for travel advances; Pays invoices for vendors, clients, providers and agency credit card charges; Maintains checking accounts for Arkansas State Hospital, Developmental Disabilities Services, Office of Long Term Care and other miscellaneous accounts; Processes the department’s payroll for more than 7,400 employees.
Accounts ReceivableProvides billing for Hospital Assessment Fees, Quality Assurance Fees, Provider Fees, Rents, Medicaid Match, Eligibility and other billing as needed.  Provides collection for Recipient, Employee, and Provider Overpayments.
Adaptive EquipmentThis service is for the purchase, leasing and repair of adaptive, therapeutic and augmentative equipment. This equipment must be required for the individual to increase, maintain or improve their ability to perform daily life tasks.
Adoption ServicesDCFS helps by providing a full range of adoption services, from finding families to adopt, to keeping a voluntary adoption registry. Services are also available to birth parents who chose to place their newborns for adoption.
Adoptive or Foster Parent InquiryAre you interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent? Fill out this quick online form to begin the process and see if you qualify to help a child in need.
Adult Abuse HotlineDo you suspect an adult is being abused or neglected at home or in a care facility? If so, call our hotline to make a confidential report.
Adult Day CareAdult Day Care Facilities provide custodial care, supervision, and social services. Adult Day Health Care Facilities provide organized programs of rehabilitative, therapeutic, and supportive health and social services and activities. These facilities serve functionally impaired adults for periods of less than 24 hours per day in a licensed structure.
Adult Protective ServicesAdult Protective Services investigates maltreatment, abuse, neglect and exploitation of individuals age 18 and older.
Adventures For Toddlers ProgramAdventures for Toddlers, a curriculum for children from eighteen to thirty-six months, features 30 toddler topics in eight focus areas. Each toddler topic is introduced with children’s books.
Adventures In Learning ProgramAdventures in Learning, a comprehensive curriculum for children from three to five, features 40 topics of study in nine focus areas.  Each topic is introduced with familiar children’s books and has a strong language and literacy emphasis.
Ages and Stages Pilot Project ProgramProgram created to analyize questionnaire data from parents and physicians regarding early childhood programs within child care facilities.
Alcohol Addiction/Abuse ServicesOutpatient care, residential care, Specialized Women's Services  (SWS) and early intervention.
Alternatives for Adults with Physical Disabilities ProgramA Medicaid home and community-based program that provides attendant care and environmental modification services to individuals age 21 through 64 who meet the criteria for intermediate nursing home care. The individual’s income should be less than 300% of poverty and meet the resource limits for Medicaid. Persons who qualify may also receive regular Medicaid benefits. Individuals must be able to supervise their service providers whom they may choose from the list of eligible providers.
Americans with Disabilities ActConsulting and monitoring compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
AmeriCorpsEducational and community-based volunteer programs.
Arkansans Energy OfficeThe Weatherization Assistance Program has transferred to the Energy Office
Arkansas Adoption RegistryEach licensed adoption agency in Arkansas is allowed by law to establish an adoption registry. Qualified persons may register to be identified to each other or to receive non-identifying information about the genetic, health and social history of adoptees placed by their agency.
Arkansas Better Chance ProgramThe Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program offers high quality early education services to children birth to five exhibiting developmental and socioeconomic risk factors. There are three different ABC program models: Center-based programs, Home-Visiting programs (HIPPY and PAT) and Family Child Care Homes.
Arkansas Child and Family Service Review The Department of Health and Human Services introduced child welfare regulations to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children awaiting adoption. States are assessed for compliance with Federal requirements for child protective services, foster care, adoption and family preservation and support services under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act.
Arkansas Child Care Facilities Guaranteed Loan ProgramLoan guarantees are made to assist with the development of new facilities or expansion of existing facilities particularly in low income, rural areas which demonstrate a need for additional quality child care. Guarantees are available to a maximum of $25,000 and may be used for operating capital as well as capitol outlay.
Arkansas Children's WeekAnnual event to highlight the needs of children in Arkansas. This program offers assistance in developing and promoting child-friendly activities for large or small audiences.
Arkansas Community Service AwardsArkansas Community Service Awards have recognized individuals and businesses for their dedication and commitment to supporting volunteerism throughout Arkansas.
Arkansas Early Childhood Commission The governing body that agood stewards of the public trust, will support and advise the Division by ensuring that all Arkansas children and their families have access to a safe, high-quality, developmentally appropriate, nurturing, learning environment and by educating and assisting parents, child-care providers, and communities to prepare our children for future success.
Arkansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems InitiativeAECCS assists with coordinating and integrating statewide systems that support families and communities in the development of all children so that they are healthy and ready to learn.
Arkansas Early Childhood NewsletterA bi-monthly newsletter for all licensed and registered child care providers which includes all training opportunitites. Information, news and updates on early care and education are included.
Arkansas Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)The Arkansas Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) offers funds to foster youth and former foster youth to enable them to attend colleges, universities and vocational training institutions. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for four years as they pursue higher education. The funds may be used for tuition, books or qualified living expenses. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students out of the Arkansas foster care system.
Arkansas Heart GalleryPhotographs and general descriptions of children who are waiting for an adoptive family are profiled in this website. Qualified Adoptive homes are needed for children of all nationalities, sibling groups and children with special needs to include children with emotional, mental or medical needs.
Arkansas Juvenile Drug CourtsThese services are available in ten different judicial district.  Services are provided by contracted licensed providers. These contracts are awarded via bid process. Juveniles admitted to the Juvenile Drug Court program are provided a number of services including, outpatient, case management, and random urine analysis.
Arkansas Mentors NetworkThe goal of the Arkansas Mentors Program is to help families on public assistance become self-sufficient through the assistance of community volunteers serving as mentors.
Arkansas SMP – Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare FraudThis program helps consumers understand more about healthcare fraud.  It involves recruiting retired persons to teach Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to recognize and report healthcare fraud.
Arkansas Special Nutrition ProgramThe Special Nutrition Programs (SNP) provide reimbursement for well-balanced, nutritious meals served to individuals enrolled in the Child Care Food Program (CACFP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Special Milk Program (SMP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Arkansas System of CareArkansas System of Care (AR SOC) is a collaborative network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with moderate to severe mental health needs and their families.  Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations so services and supports are effective, build on the strengths of individuals, and address each person’s cultural and linguistic needs.  A system of care helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, and in the community. 
ARKids First Health InsuranceARKids First health insurance provides two coverage options for more than 70,000 Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without. ARKids A offers low-income families a comprehensive package of benefits. ARKids B provides coverage for families with higher incomes.
Assisted LivingAssisted Living Facilities provide services to residents 24 hours a day in performing all activities of daily living. They also provide limited nursing care.
BAMMM ProgramLearning program is a series of twelve activities that begins with a children’s book, extends to movement activities that are suggested in the book, and expands to include related curriculum activities and ideas for enhancing the learning environment.
Behavioral Health Forensic ServicesConducts the court-ordered evaluation to determine issues of competency and responsibility.  Provides inpatient treatment and monitoring of those individuals acquitted through the court system.
Behavioral Health Inpatient ServicesA full range of short-term intensive treatment for mental health care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and treatment.
Behavioral Health Outpatient CounselingTreatment for individuals by various methods, including medication, if necessary.
Behavioral Health Professional TrainingTraining is provided for direct care providers, teachers, criminal justice system personnel, primary care providers, and parents in alcohol and drug information and skill development.
Behavioral Health Residential ServicesTreatment and supervision in various residential settings ranging from group homes to independent living.
Behavioral Health Screening and Follow-upServices provided prior to and after hospitalization to determine the most appropriate treatment intervention.
Better Beginnings ProgramBetter Beginnings emphasizes parents’ understanding of the value of quality child care while providing them with an on-line vehicle for identifying and locating quality child care providers in their communities.
Care Coordinating CouncilsCare Coordinating Councils (CCC) are required to establish local  governance and administration that facilitates Children's Behavioral Health System of Care development, ensures the appropriateness of services and supports, and provides accountability of a local fiduciary agent for the wraparound funds allocated to their geographic area.  Each CCC is to be established regionally and encompass the existing Department of Human Service Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHS DBHS) behavioral health service areas.
Casework - JuvenileTreatment method that includes direct intervention to address the problems, needs, or adjustments of an individual and/or family. Activities may include counseling, identifying problems, discussing alternatives, planning for solutions, telephone contacts with or on behalf of a client, group work, supervisory conferences, acting as an advocate on the client's behalf, and transportation.
Casework (IST) - JuvenileTo provide intensive supervision and tracking services to juveniles who have been initially ordered this service by the court or as a part of a legally authorized Diversion Agreement. The service may also be used as a sanction for non-compliance with a court order or an established Aftercare plan. The primary goal of this program is to support the youth in their homes primarily through individualized, consistently close supervision and monitoring.
Casework/Court Appearance - JuvenileTo provide a case worker on a regular basis to scheduled Juvenile Court hearings to assist the Court with its proceedings. The case worker may provide referral assistance, resource information, or accept referrals from the Court.
Casework/Group Presentations - JuvenileA variety of group presentations for youth ages ten (10) to eighteen (18) designed to provide educational programs that will prevent the youth from participating in activities that will result in contact with law enforcement and/or the juvenile court system.
Certified Volunteer Manager ProgramThe Certified Volunteer Management program fosters professional excellence in volunteer management. Participants in the CVM program complete six professional management workshops and a management narrative focusing on volunteer leadership, professional standards and achievements; and new developments in the theory and practice of volunteer management.
Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAnyone who suspects child maltreatment may report. Some people (for example, doctors, teachers and school counselors) must, by law, report suspected child maltreatment. Learn how.
Child Abuse PreventionHelpful information and resources to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)The Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) was established in Arkansas by Act 964 of 1991 and   2001 through Act 1517.  CASSP is based on the concept developed by the National Institute of Mental Health that focuses on the need for interagency collaboration and coordination across systems in delivering multiple services to seriously emotionally disturbed children /youth and their families.  CASSP service teams are available throughout the state to develop multiagency plans of care (MAPS/Wraparound) for individual children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance when the current system is not adequately meeting their needs.
Child and Adult Care Food ProgramUSDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.  Each day, 3.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 112,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in emergency shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible afterschool care programs.
Child Care AssistanceChild Care Assistance is a program that is available for low-income families.  This program provides financial assistance for quality child care and is made possible by the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF).
Child Care Development Fund PlanAuthorized by the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, and Section 418 of the Social Security Act, assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education.
Child Care Facilities Funding - Community Development Block GrantIn partnership with Arkansas Department of Economic Development to provide funding for new or renovation of child care facilities.
Child Care Information for ParentsLearn about what to look for in a child care facility and early education programs that may be available.
Child Care LicensingInformation about licensing of Voluntary Registered Child Care Family Homes, Licensed Homes, and Licensed Child Care Centers.
Child Care Resource CenterA lending library and resource center for child care providers throughout the state.  All licensed and registered childcare providers may apply for a user card and then order from our catalog.
Child Care SearchSearch for licensed child care providers by name, address, age group and early education programs offered.
Child Care Training and WorkshopsList of classes, programs and workshops to assist child care providers.
Child Protective ServicesThe Child Protective Services Unit currently has approximately 115 contracts throughout the state of Arkansas are community based and designed to increase the strength and stability of families.  Services are referred by DCFS caseworkers and often court-ordered by juvenile judges as part of a case plan.  Currently, there are several services/programs being offered by the Child Protection Unit and these include counseling, in-home support, language interpreters, parenting education/support services, supervised visitation, support groups, in-home parenting services. 
Child Safety ProgramsThe Injury Prevention Center has created a full year of informational inserts covering an array of safety topics for community use. Available as jpeg images on a CD, the inserts feature safety tips and resources specific to the early childhood years, and may be used in parent newsletters and e-mails, church bulletins and newsletters, or other similar materials. They can also be printed as a full page for posting on bulletin boards or in other common areas. The 13 topics include: Safe Sleep for Infants, Product and Toy Recalls, Medication Safety, Playground Safety, Water Safety, Home Safety, Sun Safety, Injury PreventionTricycle Safety, Child Passenger Safety, Seat Belt Use, Safety Around Cars, Burn Prevention, and Toy and Gift Safety.
Child Welfare Client AdvocatesClient Advocates assist the general public with information about services and programs, inquiries about general policies of the DCFS and assists others who need information about current services.
Child Welfare Community ServicesCommunity Services section is responsible for the direct and purchased service delivery of child welfare services throughout the state.
Child Welfare Policy ManagementThe Policy Unit has the responsibility for developing, revising, promulgating and distributing division policies, procedures, publications, and forms.  Various Federal and State Laws govern DCFS, and this unit is responsible for monitoring, updating and developing policy rules and regulations to maintain compliance with these laws.
Child Welfare Program PlanningThe Planning Unit’s mission is to engage in comprehensive, broad-based program planning with a goal of improvement of child and family services in the Division.  Program planning includes two phases.  Pre-implementation planning includes program assessment, design and development refers to all activities undertaken prior to the initiation of actual service program.  It lays the foundation and groundwork for implementation of the plan.  Operational planning refers to those planning efforts conducted once a service or program is implemented and includes collecting information for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Child Welfare Quality AssuranceThe purpose of the Quality Assurance Unit is to maintain a system of quality assurance, through the use of both qualitative and quantitative measures, which will facilitate the organizational commitment to continuous quality improvement through review and evaluation of the quality of child welfare practice on the part of both DCFS direct services staff and contracted service providers.
Children's Medical ServicesSee  Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children's Reporting and Information System (CHRIS)Children's Reporting and Information System (CHRIS) was developed to meet the needs of our family service workers. The system reduces paperwork, provides tools to track the children and families to assures that information being collected is correct.
Choices in Living Resource CenterThe Choices in Living Resource Center is an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We provide helpful information about long term services and supports in Arkansas.
Trained Counselors are here to help you sort through the many options that are available and to assist you in making informed decisions. Anyone may contact us for assistance at 1-866-801-3435 — there is never a cost.
Citizens Review PanelThe Panel assures that requirements of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) are incorporated into state law. The 1996 amendment to CAPTA requires states to develop and establish Citizens Review Panels in order to evaluate child protective services. Membership consists of legal, child advocacy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), parent/foster parent, and health/mental health. DCFS cannot comprise a majority on panel.
Commodity Distribution ProgramThe Commodity Distribution Program processes and distributes commodities donated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to schools and other eligible recipient agencies in Arkansas that participate in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Community Service Learning - Act 648Legislation passed in 1993, Act 648 allows a secondary student who has completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service learning, as certified by the service organization to the school, to be eligible to receive one (1) academic credit that may be applied toward graduation.
Community Service Supervision - JuvenileA program that provides a site for community service work, supervision of the juvenile on the work site by program staff, and reports to the court regarding compliance with the established case plan.
Community Services Block Grant ProgramThe Community Services Block Grant Program provides funds to support services and activities that are designed to assist low-income families to become self-sufficient.  Services are provided through the 16 Community Action Agencies in the state.
Community-based ProgramsThe community-based program network consists of thirteen (13) non-profit organizations.  The Division contracts with these programs to provide residential and non-residential services to youth who are delinquents, status offenders (FINS), or youth at risk (i.e., youth who exhibit behavior that if continued would bring them into contact with the juvenile justice system).  Services are provided within the juvenile's own community, which is consistent with the concept of providing treatment in the least restrictive environment.
ConnectCare ProgramThe target population for ConnectCare is most Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries for whom Medicaid is the primary payer. Included are all beneficiaries of Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance.
Creative Adventures with Literature ProgramThis program is a collection of curriculum guides that integrate literature and the creative arts for teachers of children from three to five are using in their classrooms. They will be introduced to the works of well-known artists and to the various techniques used by illustrators of some of the children’s books that are included.
Day Services - JuvenileTo provide educational and therapeutic services to juveniles who have been initially ordered such services by the court, as a part of a legally authorized Diversion Agreement, or as a sanction for non-compliance with a court order or an established Aftercare Plan. This service is designed to enhance a youth's behavior, academic performance, and interpersonal skills in a structured setting, either in a group or in a one-to-one basis, based on an individual case plan.
Day Treatment Outpatient ServicesA more structured form of outpatient services to assist clients with developing and maintaining the daily living skills needed for community living.
DDS Children's Services
DDS Waiver ServicesMedicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Services are available to a limited number of individuals as an alternative to ICF/MR placement.  Under this waiver, individuals may receive services such as Case Management, Waiver Coordination, Supported Living Services, Non-Medical Transportation, Adaptive Equipment, Environmental Modifications, Supplemental Support Services, Consultation Services, and Crisis Intervention Services, through DDS licensed community providers.
Detoxification ServicesDetoxification services are provided through the Regional Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Program (RADD). Services are provided locally through contracted providers who contract with local hospitals to provide inpatient services.
Developmental Day Treatment Clinic Services (DDTCS)A Developmental Day Treatment Clinic Service (DDTCS) provide an array of comprehensive day treatment (services) to individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in a clinic setting.
Developmental Day Treatment Clinic Services (DDTCS)A Developmental Day Treatment Clinic Service provides an array of comprehensive day treatment (services) to individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in a clinic setting.
Core services that may be provided in accordance with the license granted to the clinic by the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) include the following:
Diagnosis and Evaluation – process of determining a person’s eligibility for habilitation services in  one of the three levels of care
Habilitation – instruction in areas of self-help, socialization, communication etc.  Habilitation activities must be based on the goals and objectives of the individualized plan of care.

DDTCS core services are provided at three levels of care.  The levels of care are:
Early Intervention 
Pre-School
Adult Development
Diagnosis and Evaluation - JuvenileAssessment of the nature and extent of a youth's physical, emotional, educational and behavioral problems and recommendations for treatment strategies to remedy the identified problems. The specific diagnostic services provided and level of sophistication of reports produced are based on the individual needs of the referring agency. Allowable components are educational evaluation, social assessment, psychological evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, and consultation with the referring agency.
Direct Service Workers RegistryThe DSW Registry is a customized internet based system designed to match the needs of in-home consumers directing their own personal care with individual personal care providers. 
Disaster Services The Emergency Services Unit manages and coordinates all individual assistance programs for victims of disasters when the Chief Executive of the State, the Governor, declares a State Disaster Declaration, or the disaster is of such magnitude that a request is granted by the President of the United States for a Federal Major Disaster Declaration.
Drug Addiction/Abuse ServicesOutpatient care, residential care, Specialized Women's Services  (SWS) and early intervention.
Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program (DASEP)The mission of the Arkansas Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program (DASEP) is to promote public safety by reducing the number of injuries and fatalities due to driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.  Individuals attend a DASEP course because their use of alcohol or other drugs has put them and others at risk.  The course encourages effective decision-making and the reduction of recidivism by providing participants with accurate information about alcohol and other drugs and assisting them in making changes to any high-risk substance abuse behavior. 
Drug Screening - JuvenileCollection and analysis of urine samples to determine if a youth is using drug.
Early Education/Infant and Toddler FrameworkEducational guidelines and benchmarks for infants and toddlers.
Education SystemThe Youth Education system is an enhancement of the knowledge and skills of each child that will produce successful academic experiences and outcomes that will be transferred and continued in the community upon release.
ElderChoices ProgramThe major goal of this program is to provide services that assist eligible persons to remain in their homes or live with family in order to prevent or delay institutionalization.
Electronic Benefits Transfer System (EBT)Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is a system which makes the issuance of SNAP and TEA (cash) benefits faster and easier through the use of electronic transactions. Recipients can access their TEA benefits at participating Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) devices displaying the Quest mark.  SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase eligible food items at FNS authorized stores displaying the Quest mark.
Electronic Monitoring - JuvenileA program which electronically monitors a juvenile's presence in his home in order to enable the juvenile to remain in the home.
Emergency Emotional Crisis Services 24-hour emergency emotional crisis services via telephone, walk-in and referrals.
Emergency Food Assistance ProgramThe Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes commodities to food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and other nonprofit agencies.  Donated foods are also made available for Disaster Assistance.  To view additional information on The Emergency Food Assistance Program including program information, eligibility, distribution sites, and links to USDA website, see link below.
Emergency Shelter - JuvenileServices include room and board in a staff secure facility. The purposes of Emergency Shelters are: 1) to provide shelter for a period necessary to make more permanent arrangements, 2) to provide a short-term alternative to secure detention, or 3) to provide for the immediate return to the community for committed juveniles.  Emergency shelter is limited to a maximum of sixty (60) days in any one six month period. An order from Juvenile Court may supersede the stated time constraints.
Emergency Shelter Grants ProgramThe Emergency Shelter Grants Program assists local communities in helping to improve the quality of life for the homeless by providing resources for building repairs and support funds.
Family Resource CentersProvide support services to DCFS clients and other families. This support consists of job skill training, housing location, resource referral, and seminars related to improving life in the community. Family Resource Centers exist in areas that lack adequate economic and social resource. The families in the community have a strong impact on the resources that are available for them.
Family Support Partners Family Support Partners are peer counselors who model recovery and resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those who live with children or youth with behavioral health care needs.  Family Support Partners come from legacy families and use their lived experience, training, and skills to help caregivers and their families identify goals and actions that promote recovery and resiliency.  Family Support Partners are employed or contracted by agencies committed to family driven, culturally competent, and individualized care. Family Support Partners have completed the required training programs and received certification.
Family Treatment ProgramsSpecialized treatment for parents and caregivers of sexually abused children is needed by the Division of Children and Family Services. This program will target non-offending adults who have no payment source for needed services. Referrals will come mainly from Pulaski County but all of Arkansas is eligible if the participant is willing to travel. Participants will receive an assessment, an initial diagnostic interview, a psychiatric review of records, individual and group psychotherapy.
Fatherhood InitiativeTo provide services to fathers designed to increase their parenting skills; increase their interaction and involvement with their children; improve attitudes or feelings toward their children; improve or build a relationship with the biological mother and/or primary caretaker; reduce alcohol and drug abuse; and, increase education and employment.
Federal Grants Catalog This booklet provides some basic information about the Federal grants process. It also lists over 170 programs that may interest your organization. Grants programs are organized into general categories ranging from programs for elders and the homeless to those that serve at-risk youth and people making the transition from welfare to work.
First Connections (Part C Early Intervention)-AR Infant and Toddler ProgramThe First Connections Program is a statewide system of services to assist infants and toddlers and works with families on a individualized basis to assist in locating and coordination services and assistance to enhance not only the child’s abilities but those of the family.
Formula Grants ProgramThe Formula Grants Program supports local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements.
Foster Care ServicesOur mission is to ensure the safety and well being of all children in our care by providing accurate, consistent, and current information, technical assistance, research and support.  All interactions should be courteous, respectful and professional.
Foster Family ServicesOverview of foster care in Arkansas. Includes policy and procedures that may affect foster parents, news that may impact foster families. Links to other sites that will be helpful for foster parents to access, and the calendar of events will list upcoming dates of conferences, etc.
Foster Parent OmbudsmanThe Foster Parent Ombudsman serves as an advocate for foster parents and acts as a liaison between the DCFS staff and the foster parents.  The Ombudsman helps answer questions, provides training and assistance, and works to help resolve complaints or problems the foster parents might be having with the Division.
Funds ManagementManagement and monitoring the flow of DHS funding and ensuring the efficiency of fund operations; providing accurate and timely reporting of financial status and balance of funds; ensuring compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including the Cash Management Improvement Act agreement.
Gambling HelplineA 24 hour helpline for Gambling Addiction
Gambling Program ServicesThese services are no cost to the individual treatment services in eleven providers across the state and prevention programming in five catchment areas. The services are outpatient programs that provide the following services: assessment, individual counseling, group counseling, and referral for support services.
Governor's Volunteer Recognition ProgramDCSNS provides recognition materials for volunteer programs statewide. These materials range from certificates to bookmarks, from promotional packets to help promote your programs, to contact information for national recognition.  All materials are provided free of charge.
Human Services Workers in the School InitiativeA collaborative between DCFS and locate school districts, which places caseworkers in the schools to help children and families. The objective of the initiative is (1) promoting safety and strengthening of our future, our children, (2) supporting the communitys capacity to produce children who are healthy families, and children who succeed in school; and (3) promoting the Divisions family preservation philosophy.
ICD-10As of Oct. 1, 2014, all providers billing Arkansas Medicaid will be required by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use billing codes outlined in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (known as ICD–10). The federal mandate requires all health plans, clearinghouses and healthcare providers to use ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. Arkansas Medicaid already has begun preparing for the shift to ICD-10.
Independent Living Grant ProgramThe Independent Living Grant Program works with foster teens to teach them basic life skills as they transition to adulthood. The Program is educationally oriented and encourages youth to remain in school until graduation from high school and will then assist them with their post-secondary educational needs and training.
Independent Living Older BlindThis program provides independent living services to older individuals who are blind, conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals and conduct activities to help improve public understanding of the problems of these individuals. These services assist people in learning how to care for themselves, travel independently, and perform home management skills and other activities to promote self-reliance. Family involvement and support services are strongly encouraged.
Independent Living Rehabilitation Service for the BlindThis is a coordinated system of services to improve the ability of an individual with a severe disability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the family, community or to continue in employment.
Independent Transitional Living Services - JuvenileThese beds are to be used as a step-down placement for committed juveniles released from an institutional placements prior to going back home.
IndependentChoices ProgramProgram supports at-home care by providing a monthly allowance in place of "Personal Care Services."
Intensive Casework Management - JuvenileServices designed for youth committed to the Division of Youth Services. This should provide an Aftercare Plan that includes recommendations for release plans, services to families of committed youth, advocacy on behalf of the youth, supervision, transportation, and follow-up. It may also include visiting juveniles at the residential placement.

Services continue upon completion of the residential phase and transfer back to the community. Services include, but are not limited to, support to complete the provisions of the Aftercare Plan, services to families of committed youth, advocacy on behalf of the youth, supervision, transportation, and follow-up.
Intensive Casework Management/Travel - JuvenileTo provide for visits to the institutional placement of juveniles in the custody of DYS.  The visits will include direct contact with the juvenile(s) and participation in staffings when scheduled.
Intensive Casework Managment/IST - JuvenileTo provide intensive supervision and tracking services to juveniles as a sanction for non-compliance with a court order or an established Aftercare Plan. The primary goal of this program is to support the youth in their homes primarily through individualized, consistently close supervision and monitoring.
Intensive Outpatient CounselingIntensive outpatient counseling provided in a structured setting in which the client returns home in the evening.
Interstate Compact on JuvenilesThe Interstate Compact on Juveniles provides for the completion of a home evaluation and supervision of out-of-state paroled delinquent juveniles placed in Arkansas.  Allowable components include initial evaluation, supervision, follow-up reports, and discharge.
Interstate Compact Placement of ChildrenThe Interstate Compact Placement of Children (ICPC) Unit assist in moving children in need of foster care placement or adoption across state lines.  When a child requires foster care or adoptive placement outside the resident state, DCFS shall use the ICPC process.
Jump Start ProgramThe Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) and the Arkansas School for the Blind and visually impaired (ASBVI) hosts the summer Jump Start Program. This program is open to blind and severely visually impaired youth ages 16-19 years. Students are assisted in obtaining a part-time summer job and offered the opportunity to participate in recreational and educational enrichment activities.
Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Through the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants program, funds are provided as block grants to local units of government for programs promoting greater accountability in the juvenile justice system.
Kindergarten Readiness ProgramThis program was developed to help teachers and caregivers in preschool to have a role in assisting children migrate to a kindergarten setting.
LeasesCoordination of facility leases and telecommunication equipment.
Living Choices Assisted LivingServices to provide housing, supportive services, personalized assistance and healthcare designed to respond to the individual needs of those who need help with activities of daily living.
Long Term Care Facility SearchSearch by name, city or county for nursing facilities in Arkansas. Details include contact information, administrator, owner and type of facility.
Long Term Care Facility Search by CountyFind nursing and long term care facilities in your county. Details include contact information, administrator, owner and type of facility.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to approximately 60,000 households each year to help them meet the costs of home energy i.e. gas, electricity, propane, etc.  It also offers weatherization services and case management activities which are designed to encourage and enable households to reduce their energy costs and thereby, their need for financial assistance.
Maltreatment Investigation Report RegistryThe Central Registry Unit maintains a statewide registry for the collection of child maltreatment investigation reports.  Reports made to the Department are confidential and information included in the automated data system shall be retained to assist the department in assessing future risk and safety
Managing Support ServicesMaterial Distribution; Inventory; Printing and Duplicating Services; Mail Services.
Medicaid Program | Eligibility and EnrollmentMedicaid reimburses health care providers for covered medical services provided to eligible needy individuals in certain categories.  Eligibility is determined based on income, resources, Arkansas residency, and other requirements.  Covered services also vary among categories. 
Medicaid Program | OverviewMedicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for needy and low-income persons. It uses state and federal government money.
Money Follows the Person ProgramProgram to transition individuals who have resided in institutions 90 days or longer into qualified home and community-based programs.
National School Lunch Program"The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 99,800 public, non-profit private schools, and residential child care institutions.  It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 26 million children each school day.  In 1988, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in after school educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years old.
 
The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the federal level.  At the state level, the National School lunch Program is usually administered by state education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with school food authorities."
Nursing HomesNursing homes provide total care for their residents--meeting needs from social to dietary to medical. They are staffed by licensed nurses and certified nursing assistants. Nursing homes accept a variety of payment methods, such as private pay (which includes insurance), Medicaid, and Medicare. No age requirement applies to nursing home placements.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP-SACC) A self-assessment and training opportunity for child care providers (homes and centers) to identify changes in nutrition and physical activity plans to support optimum growth for young children and wellness activities for the adult caregivers.  The program is offered thorough local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (click to map of CCR&R) NAP-SACC newsletters
Office of the State Long Term Care OmbudsmanA statewide program, that advocates for the rights of long-term care residents. It is a statewide program of community advocates that addresses the complaints of nursing home and residential care facility residents. Its representatives provide information on facilities, work for systematic change, and monitor the activities of the regulatory system.
Organizational Self-Assessment SurveySurvey is used to assess the development, marketing, finances, capacity/planning and volunteer management of your organization.
Parenting EducationMixture of didactic, discussion, and experimental methods to teach participants anger control, behavior management, child development, and self-esteem.  Groups run for 6-8 weeks.
Part B Early ChildhoodThe Early Childhood Program serves pre-school children from age 3 until the child is eligible for kindergarten. Children must have more than basic special education needs to enter this program.
Payment ProcessingProcesses payments related to Children’s Medical Services, TEA and Foster Care; Maintains financial records of Foster Care children’s funds.
Payroll and BenefitsProcesses the department's payroll for more than 7,400 employees.  In addition, the Section manages the enrollment and maintenance actions of all employee benefits such as Health Insurance and Deferred Compensation programs.
Payroll ServicesProcesses personnel actions that affect and/or generate payroll; Maintains employee personnel records; Coordinates with the Office of Personnel Management on personnel transactions involving the State's classification and compensation systems.
Placement and Residential LicensingManages licensing for residential child care facilities, emergency residential child care facilities, psychiatric residential treatment centers, sexual rehabilitative programs, independent living programs; adoption, foster care, therapeutic foster care and residential placement agency licenses.
Policy Development and ComplianceProvides policy management services for departmental policies and administrative programs.
Prevention Services for Behavioral HealthServices provided within the community to reduce and prevent the occurrence of mental/emotional disorders.
Procurement ServicesTraining, advisory and contract procurement activities for
professional services, technical services and commodities.
Professional Development ServicesThe purpose of the Professional Development Unit is to coordinate and monitor the title IV-E training contracts with the University Partnership and the MSW Educational Leave / Child Welfare Stipend programs. The unit also provides title IV-E fiscal support for DCFS staff attending training events
Program Management TrainingIn order to assist nonprofit organizations, the faith based community, and those who work with volunteers, DCSNS offers training on a variety of topics designed to build organizational capacity. Training is provided by area representatives, can be customized to meet your organization's needs, and is free of charge to participants.
Provider and Facility DirectoryFind community-based programs, specialized residential programs, non-residential progrms, residential programs, juvenile correction facilities and juvenile treatment centers.
Psychology Internship ProgramThe program is a one-year, full-time, pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology at the Arkansas State Hospital.
Recruitment ServicesRecruits and screens qualified job applicants.
Referral Request for Blind ServicesLooking for services for the blind or visually impaired in your area? Send us your contact information and we will direct you to helpful services.
Refugee Resettlement ProgramThe Refugee Resettlement Program assists newly arrived eligible refugees to assimilate into the American way of life.  The program offers financial and medical services to eligible refugees for up to 8 months after arrival in the United States.
Rehabilitation Teaching ServicesThe Rehabilitation Teaching Services (RT) is a coordinated system of instruction in the development of adaptive skills and supportive resources to enable individuals who are blind or have an uncorrectable severe visual impairment to live as independently as possible in their homes and communities. Individuals learn how to care for themselves, travel independently, perform home management skills, keep records and other activities to promote self-reliance. Involvement of family and friends is strongly encouraged.
Reporting and ForecastingGrants Management including fiscal monitoring of DHS awards and funded projects from inception to final reporting and ensuring fiscal compliance with federal and state regulations and award terms and conditions. Financial reporting on and monitoring of over three and a half billion dollars annually awarded to DHS from federal funding sources. Maintenance of the DHS Grants Database, a current and complete comprehensive catalog of all funding sources that DHS is administering.
Research and StatisticsProcessing and reporting of Cost Allocation using the required and approved Public Assistance Cost Allocation Plan to determine the quarterly indirect costs for each DHS program, based on actual effort and benefit to each affected program, and measured using federally approved methodologies.  Cost Allocation methodologies include time studies, headcounts, and other statistical methods.
Residential Treatment - JuvenilesTwenty-four hour treatment services available for up to six (6) months for each individual placement for youth whose emotional and/or behavioral problems, as diagnosed by a qualified professional, cannot be remedied in his or her own home. An order from Juvenile Court may supersede the stated time constraints.
Safety Week ProgramHosting a Safety Week is a great way for childcare and early childhood education programs to educate children, parents and professionals about injury prevention strategies that can be used at home and on the go. A Safety Week combines children's activities, parent training and handouts, staff development, and ideas for other special events into a week-long focus on the prevention of injuries, especially those that are common during the early years of life. The Injury Prevention Center now offers a free Safety Week tool kit available on a CD. The tool kit includes templates for planning and advertising a Safety Week event, suggested parent and staff handouts and presentations, and recommendations for children's classroom activities.
Senior Community Service Employment Program This part-time program is for low-income persons age 55 and over who have poor employment prospects to help gain on-the-job training and work experience.
Short-term Detention - JuvenileShort-term detention includes intervention and stabilization of a juvenile in a hardware secure facility that provides a structured setting, close supervision, and necessary interventions to allow the juvenile to return home. Services are limited to fourteen (14) days per sanction. This service may include, but is not limited to, education and room and board.
Social Services Block GrantAdministrative assurance and client data reporting for the
Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).
Special InvestigationsTo investigate possible fraud of SNAP, TEA, or Medicaid benefits
Specialized Medical SuppliesSpecialized medical supplies include items necessary for life support and the supplies and equipment necessary for the proper functioning of such items. Non-durable medical equipment not available under the Medicaid State Plan may also be provided.
Specialized Placement Services for Children in Foster CareThe Specialized Placement Unit provides technical and financial assistance to local county offices requiring help in locating and/or finding placements for children with emotional and/or behavioral problems.  The Division provides these services through contracts with private providers or medical providers.
Specialized Programs for Adults with Serious Mental IllnessServices provided to assist the community with education about emotional disorders.
Specialized Women's ServicesFacilities designated to provide services and support for pregnant and/or parenting mothers with children below the age of 7 years old.    Services include at a minimum housing, alcohol and other drug treatment, case management, child care, transportation, medical treatment, education/job skills training, parenting and life skills, aftercare, and family education.
Staff Development / Organizational Development and TrainingOrganizational Development and Training (formerly Staff Development) designs and produces training for the professional development of DHS employees and for the improvement of DHS culture, organizational and work effectiveness.
ODT provides monthly supervisor and update training, quarterly leadership development (Leadership in a High performance Culture) and professional development courses. ODT provides training on DHS, State and Federal personnel policies and procedures. In FY 2010, ODT designed and implemented the new DHS Professional Development Program for employees to enhance skills including but not limited to: interpersonal communications, computer, and teamwork and customer service. ODT believes it is essential to invest in the professional growth and development of all DHS employees for individual and organizational benefit.
Substance Abuse HelplineA 8 hour helpline for Substance Abuse Addiction (Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.)
Substance Abuse Prevention, Education and Early InterventionAlcohol, tobacco, Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG), SYNAR and other drug abuse prevention programming and coalition development for community-based environmental change efforts.
Summer Food Service ProgramThe Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer months. This federally funded food service program helps children who live in eligible areas receive the same high quality meals during the summer as they get during the school year. Local sponsors oversee the production and distribution of meals to children at sites like schools, churches, parks, and playgrounds. Organizations which qualify as sponsors receive funds to pay for meals and snacks to children. They also receive training and technical assistance to help start and operate the program.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamp Program)The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  provides food assistance to eligible households to cover a portion of a household's food budget.  Benefits are distributed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  In addition to food assistance, the program provides SNAP recipients with nutrition education, employment and training, and work experience in some cases.
Support Groups for Visually ImpairedA list of support groups for the visually impaired throughout Arkansas, organized by city.
Targeted Case Managment - JuvenileServices that assist an individual or family in accessing needed medical, social, educational, and other services appropriate to the needs of the individual/family. Targeted case management services include completion of a Community Evaluation, client intake, assessment, periodic reassessment, case plan development and review, service referral, coordination and advocacy, monitoring of client service utilization, record keeping and documentation of service contacts and client progress, and transportation.
Technical Assistance for Child Care ProgramsTechnical assistance is available by self referral or by referral from the licensing office to all child care programs in the state. Childhood Services, affiliated with Arkansas State University has a contract with the Division to establish a group of early childhood professional to offer this assistance at no charge to providers.
TEFRA ProgramTEFRA 134(a), a provision of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, allows states to extend Medicaid coverage to certain disabled children. Also known as the Katie Beckett option, TEFRA is a category of Medicaid that provides care to disabled children in their homes rather than in institutions.
Therapy - JuvenileTherapeutic relationship between the juvenile and a qualified therapist or counselor for the purpose of accomplishing changes that are identified as goals in the case plan through the use of various counseling or therapy techniques. Services to specific individuals may include individual, group or family therapy or counseling, or consultation with the referral source as needed.
Title V Children with Special Health Care NeedsThis Title V Program is located in the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) Children’s Services unit and is a federal program that serves children with chronic medical conditions. The child must be determined medically eligible and the family must be determined financially eligible. Financial eligibility is based on a sliding scale based on verified gross monthly income and the size of the family. Income up to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level is considered eligible for full coverage for eligible conditions with limited eligibility possible for families with verified income from 185 to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Families will be referred for Medicaid applications if it appears they or the child would be eligible. If there is no Medicaid coverage, the Title V program can assist with payment for medical care as funding is available for the eligible condition only.  Private insurance (when covering the child) must be billed for the medical care before payment is made by Title V.  Providers must be willing to accept Title V payment.
Title V Community Prevention Grants ProgramTitle V Community Prevention Grants Program is a federal program to fund collaborative, community-based delinquency prevention efforts.
Title XIX (Medicaid) ProgramCommonly referred to as Medicaid, Title XIX of the Social Security Act provides for federal grants to the states for medical assistance programs.
Transitional Employment Assistance Program (TEA)The TEA Program is a time-limited assistance program to help needy families with children become more responsible for their own support and less dependent on public assistance.  DCO is responsible for TEA eligibility and partners with the Arkansas Deparment of Workforce Service for administration.
Traveling Arkansas' Professional Pathways RegistryThis program is a coordinated system based upon research and best practices that enables the delivery of high quality professional development opportunities through career pathways that meet the diverse needs of early childhood professionals.
Vending Facility ProgramThe Vending Facility Program (VFP) Services are available to eligible blind persons who are interested in and have the necessary skills to manage snack bars throughout the state. VFP locates the sales site, equips and stocks the facility initially, maintains the equipment, and provides oversight and record keeping.
Vocational Rehabilitation ServicesThe Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services is a comprehensive state program to assess needs, and to plan, develop and provide job-related services to blind or severely visually impaired individuals. Such services are designed to assist you to prepare for employment that is commensurate within your abilities, interests and informed choice and consistent with your strengths, resources, concerns and capabilities. VR services are available to you, if you are blind or have a severe visual impairment and are not currently employed; or if you are seeking to advance in your present career.
Volunteer Center NetworkA volunteer center serves as a leadership organization for volunteer based community service, as a convener for the community, and as a catalyst for action. Centers work through local partnerships and collaborations with businesses, law enforcement, grassroots groups, schools, agencies and community leaders.
Volunteer Community of the Year AwardThis award is designed to offer thanks and a reward to communities for their volunteer effort in serving their neighbors.
Volunteer RecognitionRequest certificates and other volunteer recognition items.
Working Disabled Program This program supports individuals with disabilities to work in the public sector while maintaining benefits.
Wraparound ServicesWraparound is a family-driven, youth-guided, team-based approach that wraps services and supports around a family whose child or youth is at risk of removal from their home, school, and community due to severe to moderate behavioral health issues.  The objective of Wraparound is to genuinely engage with families to develop and implement a care plan for families, children, and youth that integrates the local services and naturals supports necessary to reduce out-of-home, school or community placements.