SUBJECT 1: Partial Federal Government Shutdown Update
SUBJECT 2: WIC Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities - Effective February 1, 2019
SUBJECT 3: FY2018 Subrecipient Annual Financial Report
SUBJECT 4: Nutritionist III Position
SUBJECT 5: WIC Record Destruction

SUBJECT 1: Partial Federal Government Shutdown Update. In light of the partial federal government shutdown, Missouri WIC is closely monitoring available funding and estimated obligations. Missouri WIC has determined that there continues to be sufficient funding to meet program expenses through February 2019. We feel it is important to keep WIC local agencies informed of the status of the WIC program to ensure that participants can continue to receive WIC services without interruption. Retailers were notified on January 7, 2019 that they should continue to redeem WIC checks.

Missouri WIC will continue to monitor available funding and obligations very carefully. In the event that the partial federal government shutdown is still in effect on January 31, or should the program’s funding estimates change, we will inform local agencies and retailers about updated operating estimates. Local agencies should continue to provide WIC services until further notice with confidence that they will be reimbursed.

SUBJECT 2: WIC Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities - Effective February 1, 2019
The Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities (WIC-10) form has been revised based on USDA recommendations. Please begin using the new WIC-10 effective February 1, 2019. Notable revisions are:

  • “I understand it is my responsibility to receive WIC benefits from only one (1) WIC agency at a time as dual participation is illegal.” It is important for local agency staff to notify all participants that dual participation is illegal.
  • “I understand I have the right to equal WIC program eligibility and participation standards, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, handicap, or sex.”

All local agencies will receive both the laminated WIC-10 (bilingual, orchid paper) and padded WIC-10 (bilingual, white paper) in early March. It is also being translated into 16 languages; all local agencies will be notified when the translated versions of the WIC-10 becomes available through a WIC Update. Please share the information above with all WIC staff. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 3: FY2018 Subrecipient Annual Financial Report. Each local agency must complete Attachment C - Subrecipient Annual Financial Report at the end of the fiscal year after the final invoice has been submitted. If the local agency has not sent this report, please do so by February 6, 2019. It may be scanned and emailed to WICOperations@health.mo.gov or faxed to 573-526-1470. Please contact Jennifer Roberts at Jennifer.L.Roberts@health.mo.gov if you have any questions.
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SUBJECT 4: Nutritionist III Position. The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services, currently has an opening for a Nutritionist III. This position is located in Jefferson City. Please see the attached position blurb for additional information. Interested individuals must be eligible for the job classification of a Nutritionist III located here. Please submit an application and resume to Dora Crawford at dora.crawford@health.mo.gov by close of business on February 1, 2019.
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SUBJECT 5: WIC Record Destruction. Attached is the current memo on audit closure and WIC record destruction for records from Federal Fiscal Year 2013 (through September 30, 2013) and older, unless prohibited from doing so by other state or local restrictions. At the time of destruction, all audits should be closed and there should be no outstanding findings or related issues. Please refer to WIC Operations Manual (WOM) ER# 1.06000 on Local WIC Provider Record Retention and Destruction. That policy will direct you on how to properly destroy WIC records and document the destruction. It will also provide you with a link to state law that covers records that your agency’s legal counsel or governing body have determined to be medical records. Please contact your district administrative technical assistance staff with any questions.
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