Hamilton County residents with questions about their child support cases can access the information through a new online portal.
The new portal provides up-to-date, case-specific information, such as address, employment, health insurance, payment history and financial history, along with answers to frequently asked questions. Consumers can access the portal at https://childsupport.ohio.gov or by visiting www.hcjfs.org.
Hamilton County has about 90,000 child support cases. Considering each has a mother and father and at least one child, more than one third of the county’s 800,000 residents are involved in a child support case. Those consumers will no longer have to call, which should reduce time and costs, as well as provide them with instant answers to common questions and issues.
“Child Support is our largest program and we are extremely happy to offer a service that makes information only a mouse click away for so many Hamilton County residents,” said Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. “The state is working on further improvements that will eventually allow consumers to make changes to their cases online.”
About Hamilton County Job and Family Services
Hamilton County Job and Family Services administers federal, state and local programs for those in need. The Department helps with local child protection, elderly protection, child care, child support enforcement, workforce development, cash assistance, food assistance and Medicaid disbursement. Servicing Hamilton County since 1947, the Department helps hundreds of thousands each year and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international, independent, not-for-profit child and family service accrediting organization.
This week the LIFE food pantry needs dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, or general cleaning supplies.
The pantry supplies our clients with groceries, soap, paper products, etc to take home for use. We do not do any cooking for the clients at the pantry. Clients may come once a month and are given a week's worth of groceries.
Thank you for supporting the LIFE food pantry, located at 101 South Lebanon Rd, Loveland.
The Drug Free Action Alliance has awarded $2,000 to the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County to impact underage drinking through the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking® program. The Coalition is one of only 22 organizations selected from across Ohio to receive the grant, designed to reduce the number of parent-hosted teen alcohol parties. The Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County has been working in partnership with the community for over 20 years promoting drug-free environments for youth, and providing education about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The grant monies will be used to increase alcohol and drug abuse awareness/education during the high school graduation/prom season in the spring.
TheParents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking program was developed by Drug Free Action Alliance and is being replicated internationally. With Program Honorary Chair Clark Kellogg (CBS college basketball commentator and former NBA superstar) at the helm, the nationally recognized program educates parents about the health and safety risks associated with allowing underage drinking, and to increase awareness of and compliance with Ohio’s underage drinking laws.
The grant funding for Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking is available with support from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. For more information on Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking, visit the website www.DrugFreeActionAlliance.org.
The president’s State of the Union address on January 24 gave me an opportunity to remind him of the plight of the people of Pike County, which has the highest unemployment rate in Ohio at 14.3 percent. The national unemployment rate is 8.5 percent.
As he passed me on his way to the podium in the House Chamber, I urged the president to please keep working to help private industry create jobs through the American Centrifuge project.
“You know we will,” he said.
The project would support creating nearly 4,000 jobs in Ohio.
Jobs are one of my top priorities, but this project is also important to our national defense. The American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon would provide the uranium needed to supply tritium, which is a key component of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and must be replenished regularly.
The project is also extremely important to U.S. efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If we are to persuade other nations to not enrich uranium, we must be able to provide it in a way limited to peaceful purposes.
The American Centrifuge project would utilize the only U.S.-developed and owned uranium enrichment technology. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I cringe at the notion that we might end up dependent on some other country to supply us. It could handcuff our foreign policy, weaken our military posture, and put at risk American business interests worldwide.
The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed a $300 million research, development, and demonstration program that could lead to a loan guarantee needed to bring this technology to fruition.
Right now, the entire country is worried about jobs and the economy. Everyone, it seems, knows someone who has been laid off, had work hours cut, lost their home, or is thinking about filing for bankruptcy.
This reminds me of the state that our Union was in 32 years ago, when Ronald Reagan was running for the presidency. At that time, our economy was in the tank from high unemployment, runaway inflation, and interest rates that nobody could afford.
People back then wondered whether the country was in a recession or had slipped into a depression. Reagan crystallized an answer in just a handful of words: “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours.”
As President Obama was leaving after his speech, he passed by me again.
Don’t forget about those jobs in Southern Ohio, I said.
It turns out that, despite the joke, spilled milk actually can be a problem in Ohio.
Over the past five years, the state Environmental Protection Agency has received 33 reports of large milk spills or discharges that involve dairies, dairy farms or trucking companies. Seven counties have reported two spills each. Read on at Columbus Dispatch...