September 25, 2006 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: Computer Equipment Replacement for LWPs
SUBJECT: Exclusion of FSSA payments for Military Families to Continue
SUBJECT: Program for Dietetic Interns

  1. Computer Equipment Replacement for LWPs:  We're sending this information to answer questions LWPs may have regarding when they can expect to receive new computer equipment from the State WIC office.  WIC desktop computers, laptops and monitors are usually replaced every three to four years.  Printers are generally replaced every five years.  We will send an email to the Administrator and WIC Coordinator before the equipment is sent to tell you which items will be replaced and how many new items you will receive.  At that time, you should verify that you have the items we are going to replace and that you need the items we are planning to send.  If you find a discrepancy, notify Mark Davis at the State WIC office.  If it is a desktop computer or laptop that is being replaced, you will not have the option to keep it after the new item has been installed.  Once the desktop computer or laptop has reached the age of three years, it is no longer under warranty and is likely to soon need major repair or become obsolete and not be able to run on the computer network or run certain software.  If you want to keep a monitor or printer that is being replaced (in addition to the new piece of equipment) contact Mark Davis for approval to keep it.  ITSD (formerly OIS) staff will inform you when they ship the equipment and will then contact you to make arrangements for installation.  When you are receiving new desktop computers or laptops and you want Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook) installed on them, please ensure that you have proof of the license.  ITSD staff must see the license before the Office software can be reinstalled.  In addition to the normal replacement plan for items that are three to five years old, the State WIC office will also replace desktop computers, laptops, monitors and printers that cannot be repaired and need to be replaced.  When WIC computer equipment needs to be repaired, contact the ITSD Help Desk at 1-800-347-0887 or support@health.mo.gov.  If the item needs to be replaced, ITSD will contact Mark Davis at State WIC office, who will ensure replacements are sent.  If you need additional WIC computer equipment due to going to direct entry or for other reasons or have questions regarding this article, contact Mark Davis at mark.davis@health.mo.gov or (573) 526-5323 or (800) 392-8209.
  2. Exclusion of FSSA Payments for Military Families to Continue:  USDA has extended the income exclusion of Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) for low-income military families.  The temporary exclusion, found in the WOM at ER# 3.02000 section B.5.l., will continue indefinitely.  The policy will be revised in the near future.  If you have any questions about this, contact Glenn Studebaker at Glenn.Studebaker@health.mo.gov or by calling (573) 751-6198 or (800) 392-8209.
  3. Program for Dietetic Interns:  The Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) is taking applications for the 2007-2008 class year.  Up to four interns will be selected from the pre-select option, instead of only two as in previous years.  This is advantageous for employees of LWPs who are eligible to participate in the pre-select option.  As you may know, this year's four dietetic interns are all from LWPs.  The deadline for the pre-select option is Dec. 31.  There is no fee for those interns who, upon graduation, agree to enter into or resume employment with the LWP for a minimum of 18 months.  A fee will apply to all other interns.  Don't forget to use the "new" application form, which is required (see attached).  The Dietetic Internship Recommendation form doc is also attached for your use.  For more information, visit our website.  If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Strickland at (800) 392-8209 or vicki.strickland@health.mo.gov.