July 6, 2020 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: WIC COVID-19 and In-Kind Funds Reimbursement Reminder
SUBJECT 2: Local Agency Plan (LAP) Automated Security Access Processing (ASAP)
SUBJECT 3: FFY 21 Local Agency (LA) Budget Planning
SUBJECT 4: Public Comment Invited on 2021 WIC State Plan
JOB POSTING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers
SUBJECT 1: WIC COVID-19 and In-Kind Funds Reimbursement Reminder. All Local agency (LA) WIC Coordinators and Agency Administrators were sent a reimbursement request survey on June 26th concerning unexpected COVID-19 expenses and In-kind funds budgeted for FFY 2020. All LAs are asked to review their Administrative Cost Reports (ACRs) and FFY 2020 Local Agency Plans (LAPs) to determine if additional funding is needed for the current fiscal year ending September 30, 2020. Please complete the reimbursement request survey, and return to WICOperations@health.mo.gov. Only specified expenses for WIC COVID-19 are eligible to be reimbursed, with appropriate documentation to support those expenses. If In-kind funds were included in your agency’s approved LAP, only those In-kind funds may be considered for reimbursement.
The survey must be returned by close of business Friday, July 10, 2020.
Please contact WICOperations@health.mo.gov if you have any questions.
SUBJECT 2: Local Agency Plan (LAP) Automated Security Access Processing (ASAP). An ASAP request must be completed for any new user requiring access to the LAP application. Instructions for completing the ASAP request are located here. ASAP approval can take 7 – 14 days; please submit your request as soon as possible. For local agency staff who have previously been granted access, it is recommended you log in to the LAP application to ensure your log in information is correct. If you have any problems logging into the LAP application, please contact the ITSD Helpdesk at (800) 347-0887.
SUBJECT 3: FFY 21 Local Agency (LA) Budget Planning. Thank you to local agencies for submitting proposed FFY 21 operating budgets. Because the state agency is funding local agencies on a budget-based method in FFY 21, instead of a dollar-per-participant caseload method, we expect that funding amounts are closer to the actual expenses anticipated for FFY 21. We are hopeful this might allow some agencies to eliminate in-kind funding and/or Medicaid billing for FFY 21.
The state agency is currently reviewing all 118 LA budgets submitted for allowable and reasonable expenses. This involves an in-depth review by the Operations staff, as well as the Administrative and Nutrition technical assistance (TA) staff who know their local agencies’ individual needs more intimately than the Operations staff. TA and Operations staff are currently reaching out to LAs from whom they need additional information about proposed expenditures. It is important to respond promptly to requests for additional information so we can expediently determine individual local agency budgets that will allow us to meet our overall target, based on anticipated federal funding. Generally, the state agency has no reason to anticipate a sizeable reduction in federal funding, so we don’t anticipate a reduction from individual local agencies’ FFY 20 budgets. Some exceptions may be 1) if an agency has requested less funding than was received in FFY 20, or 2) if an agency has an ongoing history of lapsing a significant amount of funding without justification. Many agencies have asked for a sizeable increase in the amount of their FFY 21 budget. The state agency must now analyze how the funding we anticipate receiving can best be allocated to ensure ALL agencies (of ALL sizes) can adequately operate the WIC program in their communities.
As local agencies begin planning FFY 21 budgets and enter discussions with administrators and boards at their parent agencies, they should plan to anticipate funding similar to FFY 20 allocations. Adjustments can then be made later in July, when final local agency budgets have been determined. Funding amounts are targeted for entry into the LAPs by July 20th. The good news is that LAP entry and review will be easier and quicker because budgets will have already been reviewed prior to determining funding amounts.
Please keep an eye out for any communications from your TA or Operations staff requesting additional information needed to determine final budgets, in case questions do arise. Please direct budget inquiries to WICOperations@health.mo.gov
SUBJECT 4: Public Comment Invited on 2021 WIC State Plan. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is soliciting public comment on the proposed Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program FFY 2021 State Plan, which covers the period beginning October 1, 2020 and ending September 30, 2021. The State Plan describes the State agency's objectives and procedures for all aspects of WIC program administration for the 2021 federal fiscal year. Due to the COVID-19 situation, USDA issued a modified approach to the FFY 2021 WIC State Plan submission.
Missouri will resubmit their existing FFY 2020 State Plan to fulfill this requirement.
The State Plan is located at https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/localagency/resourcespublications/
All public comments are welcome and should be directed to the attention of WICinfo@health.mo.gov via email, fax 573-526-1470, or mail to Angie Brenner, WIC and Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0570. Comments will be included in the final copy of the plan which will be submitted to the US Department of Agriculture by August 15, 2020.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (24 hrs./week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Responsibilities include providing breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and helping them achieve their breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required.
To apply, send resume to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Team Leader
Family Care Health Centers
401 Holly Hills Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5190 x3043
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.