Economic Assistance Eligibility
Here to promote self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for all Mississippians
Change Reporting Form – MDHS-EA-946: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
GF 900 APPLICATION – English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Employment Wage Verification Form – MDHS-EA-910: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
TANF Personal Responsibility Contract – MDHS-EA-312: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Representative Authorization – MDHS-EA-918: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Declaration & Consent to Participate in the MSCAP – MDHS-EA-901: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Household Statement of food loss due to household disaster – MDHS-EA-508: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Notice of Child Support Enforcement – MDHS-EA-941: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
TANF Work Program Participant Travel Form – MDHS-EA-357
TANF Child Care Services Application – MDHS-EA-379
SNAP-ED provides educational information and classes to improve the likelihood that low-income families will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles that are consistent with the current MyPlate Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost.
Through TEFAP, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to State Distributing Agencies. The amount of food each State receives out of the total amount of food provided is based on the number of unemployed persons and the number of people with income below the poverty level in the State. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn distribute the food to local organizations, such as soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.
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Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the beneficiary population.
Local agencies determine the eligibility of applicants, distribute the foods, and provide nutrition education. Mississippi establish income limits for the elderly that are at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a monthly food package tailored for older adults age 60 or above that can help stretch their food dollars and add nutritious foods to their diet for good health.
Office of Quality Assurance
The Office of Quality Assurance is responsible for evaluating the accuracy of SNAP benefits issued to the State’s SNAP population.
This office reviews a portion of the State’s SNAP cases to determine the accuracy of active cases, closed cases and denied applications. The findings are reported to state and federal entities.
The goal of this office is to provide reliable information needed to validate the integrity of the SNAP Program and to be a viable resource to the counties, assisting with corrective action and continuous efforts to improve service delivery.
Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program
The SRAE program is designed to teach youth personal responsibility, self-regulation, goal setting, healthy decision making, and the prevention of risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse without normalizing teen sexual activity.
Statutory rape is defined by Merriam-Webster as “sexual intercourse with a person who is below the statutory age of consent” [Merriam-Webster. (n.d.).] The legal definition is basically the same for every state, except that individual states define a minor below the age of consent differently.
MS Law and Statutory Rape (Current through the 2019 Regular Session)
(1) The crime of statutory rape is committed when:
(a) Any person seventeen (17) years of age or older has sexual intercourse with a child who:
(i) Is at least fourteen (14) but under sixteen (16) years of age;
(ii) Is thirty-six (36) or more months younger than the person; and
(iii) Is not the person’s spouse; or
(b) A person of any age has sexual intercourse with a child who:
(i) Is under the age of fourteen (14) years;
(ii) Is twenty-four (24) or more months younger than the person; and
(iii) Is not the person’s spouse.
(2) Neither the victim’s consent nor the victim’s lack of chastity is a defense to a charge of statutory rape.
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MS Law and Mandatory Reporting of sex crimes against minors; definitions; procedures; report content; forensic samples; penalties
(b) “Mandatory reporter” means any of the following individuals performing their occupational duties: health care practitioner, clergy member, teaching or child care provider, law enforcement officer, or commercial image processor.
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The Bureau of Victim Assistance (BOVA) provides statewide assistance to victims of crime. Please visit the website below to learn more about BOVA and the vital services they offer. https://www.ago.state.ms.us/divisions/bureau-of-victim-assistance/
Mississippi Crime of Victim’ Bill of Rights
If you need immediate assistance
If you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse and/or including statutory rape, please contact your local law enforcement entity or contact the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services at 1-800-222-8000 or visit https://www.mdcps.ms.gov/report-child-abuse-neglect/