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Assistance Programs

Child Care Assistance

Disabled Client Assistance Program

Employment Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Home Energy Assistance Program

Medical Services

Social Services Assistance with Burials

Temporary Assistance


Child Care Assistance (Day Care)


Contact Person 
Lori Dibble, Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2285 or (315) 229-3127

Brief Description of Services
Child Care Assistance is provided by the New York State Child Care Block Grant. Reimbursement may be available for the cost of child care while a parent or caretaker is working or attending school or college. Family income must be less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. Child Care Providers must be Registered or Enrolled prior to reimbursement. Other regulations and requirements may apply. Eligibility determination can only be done after a completed application has been submitted. 

To discuss the qualifications or to have an application packet sent to you, please call the Day Care Unit at (315) 379-2285.

200% Poverty Level Figures (effective 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020)

Family Size Federal Poverty Level 200% Federal Poverty Level
1 $12,490.00 $24,980.00
2 $16,910.00 $33,820.00
3 $21,330.00 $42,660.00
4 $25,750.00 $51,500.00
5 $30,170.00 $60,340.00
6 $34,590.00 $69,180.00
7 $39,010.00 $78,020.00
8 $43,430.00 $86,860.00

Each additional member, add $4,420.00 to Federal Poverty Level; $8,840.00 to 200% Federal Poverty Level.  

On May 1, 2019, the Office of Children and Family Services revised the Child Care Assistance Application. (Form OCFS-6025 Rev. 05/19). The Child Care Unit cannot accept any previous versions after September 1, 2019.

2019 Application for Child Care Assistance

2019 How to Complete the Child Care Assistance Application

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DCAP (Disabled Client Assistance Program)


Contact Person
Meagan Lalonde | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2146

Brief Description of Services
This Unit assists persons receiving assistance (Temporary Assistance, Medicaid and Food Stamps) to apply for the Federal program of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSDI). Also assists clients in filing appeals of denials for SSI and SSDI.

Appointments are scheduled as needed.

NYS OTDA (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) Websites
Division of Disability Determinations (DDD) Home Page

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Employment Assistance
One-Stop Career Center / Employment Unit


Contact Person
Lori Elliott, Senior Employment & Training Program Coordinator | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 229-3334 

Brief Description of Services 
The responsibility of the Employment Unit is to assist Temporary Assistance applicants/recipients in becoming self-sufficient. This is accomplished by enrolling Temporary Assistance clients in various Work Experience programs and training. Workfare assignments have been developed by the public and non-profit agencies.

The Employment Unit also assists applicants with securing employment. All applicants for Temporary Assistance are immediately referred to the One-Stop Career Center to enroll in Job Readiness Training/Job Search.  For more information on St. Lawrence County's One-Stop Career Center, visit the website at: www.slconestop.com OR click on the picture (below).

STOP 1 Career Center Logo

TA-SNAP Employment Plan 2018-19

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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Formerly Known as Food Stamps


Contact Person
Karen Durham, Head Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2155 (800) 649-7565

Brief Description of Services

SNAP benefits are issued with a goal to reduce hunger and malnutrition among low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled  and others. If eligible, SNAP benefits are provided through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a bank debit card or credit card. The card will be machine-read along with your PIN number at any authorized retail food store.

Applications are accepted Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Applicants who have an emergency are interviewed the same day they apply. This enables applicants to access needed services sooner, and with less travel. Face to Face interviews are waived for households that mail-in an application, drop off or apply online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov.   Income and resource guidelines for Temporary Assistance and SNAP are different.

NOTICE TO ALL RECIPIENTS OF Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!

Additional P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions


NYS OTDA (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) Websites


How Do I Apply for SNAP?

People can determine their likely eligibility for SNAP, Temporary Assistance, HEAP, and Other Programs by visiting NYS MyBenefits Website.

Any questions about eligibility or procedure can be directed to:
Kimberly Dafoe, Principal Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 229-3136

NOTICE:  Documentation Required for Eligibility Determination

In order to complete your eligibility determination, bring the following documentation with you for your interview: 

NOTE: If application is made by an adult other than the head of the household or the spouse, written authorization from the head of household is required.

NYDocSubmit

PROOF OF WHO YOU ARE: (For each applying household member)

  • Photo I.D.
  • Driver's License
  • Sheriff or College I.D
  • Passport
  • Benefit Card
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service Documentation
  • Birth or Baptismal or Adoption Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • All Marriage Certificates / Divorce Decrees 
     

PROOF OF WHERE YOU LIVE:

  • Landlord statement (*Enclosed in packet of information with application) or rent receipt and occupancy statement; any subsidized housing verification.  OR 
  • If you own your home or are purchasing on a land contract, you must also provide us with a copy of your mortgage, deed, or land contract along with a copy of your current land and school taxes, and homeowners insurance.
  • Whether you rent or own, you must also bring the following current bills: Sewer, Water, Phone, Fuel and Electric.
  • If you pay no rent, or are purchasing through mortgage/deed or land contract, you must also provide us with an occupancy statement. This must be written by someone not living in your home, listing all people living in the home - even if they are not applying. 

PROOF OF ANY INCOME:

  • Last four (4) weeks pay stubs 
  • Tax records
  • Business records
  • Statement from roomers, boarder, or lodgers of amount paid to you for lodging. 
     

IF APPLICABLE, a statement from your previous employer regarding your last day worked, the amount of your last check, and the reasons that you are no longer employed.

IF APPLICABLE, a signed and dated statement from the babysitter for the last four (4) weeks.

PROOF OF UNEARNED INCOME:

  • Unemployment letter or stub for the last four (4) weeks
  • Social Security or SSI Award Letter
  • Court ordered support or alimony agreement
  • Veteran's Benefits Award Letter
  • Workmen's Compensation/NYS Disability
  • Tuition, Fees, Books
  • Financial Aid Statement
  • All Loans, Grants, Scholarships, and Awards
  • Semester College Bill 
     

PROOF OF RESOURCES:

  • Car Registration and/or Title
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Bank Statements (including checking, savings, and credit union accounts)
  • Verification of Trust Fund, IRA account, 401-K or Retirement Funds, pending lawsuits
  • Verification of stocks and/or bonds and their value
  • Deeds to any Real Property 
     

PROOF OF MEDICAL EXPENSES:

  • Any Paid or Unpaid Medical Bills (receipts, printouts, etc...)
     

 NOTICE:  Handout for All Applicants for Temporary Assistance

This information is available to all applicants for Temporary Assistance. It is intended to help you determine if you are a victim of Domestic Violence and to consider ways to make yourself and your family safe and self-supporting.

Are you in danger of you partner or ex-partner doing any of the following:

  • Physically hurting you by, for example, pushing, grabbing, slapping, hitting, choking, or kicking?
  • Forcing you to have sex when you don't want to or do sexual things you don't want to do?
  • Threatening to hurt you, your children or someone close to you?
  • Constantly putting you down or telling you that you are worthless?
  • Stalking, checking up on you, or following you?
  • Making you afraid?
  • What kinds of services are available?
     

SERVICES: You can call a 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline for Information about Emergency Shelter, Support Groups, Counseling and your Legal Rights.

In New York City call: 1-800-62 I-HOPE (1-800-621-4673). 
All others call: 1-800-942-6906
Spanish speaking callers call: 1-800-942-6908.

Locally, you can call:

  • Reachout: (315) 265-2422
  • Renewal House: (315) 379-9845
  • Domestic Abuse Response Team: (315) 379-2230.
     

Temporary Assistance
You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for Temporary Assistance. If you think that you are a victim of domestic violence and that meeting one or more of the requirements may place you or your children at greater risk of harm or make it more difficult to escape from abuse, you may request a temporary delay of those requirements.

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HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)


Contact Person
Bobbie Kitts, Principal Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2297 Fax (315) 379-2162

Brief Description of Services:
The HEAP Program is a federally funded program governed by the New York State Department of Social Services. It is administered on the local level and provides financial assistance to eligible households for energy needs.

Households in which one member is receiving TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE or FOOD STAMPS and certain SSI recipients are categorically income eligible. Other households are income tested. The regular HEAP season begins in November and lasts until the federal funding runs out. Furnace replacement may run throughout the year.

Clients should have the following information ready: 

  • Proof of income
  • Proof of Residency
  • Proof of Resources
  • Proof of Personal Identification (including verification of citizenship)
     

Home Energy & Emergency Services Guide - 2019 (pdf)

NYS OTDA (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) Websites:
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Home Page
Common Forms and Applications 
Home Energy Assistance Program Application & Instructions (LDSS-3421)

How Do I Apply for Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)?

People can determine their likely eligibility for HEAP, Food Stamps, and Other Programs by visiting NYS MyBenefits Website.

For HEAP Information and Application or further assistance, contact us:

HEAP Office - Phone: (315) 379-2303 | Fax (315) 379-2162 | Main Reception Office (315) 379-2111

NYDocSubmit is a mobile application that allows certain applicants and recipients in participating social services districts to take pictures of their documents and submit them to their local district office using their Apple iOS or Android device. There is no need for the individual to take time off from work, stand in line or travel to the district office to drop off documents. 

Note: NYDocSubmit is not monitored for emergencies and is not to be used to submit an application or to submit a periodic report.

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Medical Assistance (Medical Services)


Contact Person 
Mary Bleau, Principal Social Welfare Examiner | St.Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2701

Brief Description of Medical Assistance:
Medical Assistance is a program for residents of St. Lawrence County who cannot afford to pay for medical care and meet certain financial requirements. 

The program provides for financial reimbursement of physicians, dentist, inpatient, outpatient, and clinic services, long term care services of nursing facilities, community-based home care services, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services.

Some individuals who apply for health insurance, including Medicaid, are now required to apply on the New York State of Health website.  Others may continue to fill out an Access NY Health Care Application and mail, or bring the paper application in to our 6 Judson Street Canton office.

For assistance in determining how you should apply for health insurance, including Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, advanced premium tax credits, and cost sharing reductions, or if you would like to make an appointment for assistance with applying for insurance on the New York State of Health website, you can contact us at:

To apply for health insurance through the New York State of Health, you can call or fill out an online application: 

There are several community agencies with staff that are trained as Navigators that can assist applicants with applying for health insurance, including Medicaid, on the New York State of Health website, and with comparing and choosing a health insurance plan.  They are:

  • The Health Initiative:  (315) 261-4760 x222
  • ACR Health:  (315) 386-4493 x172
  • CP of the North Country:  (315) 386-8191 x1211
     

You can also recieve help to apply for health insurance, including Medicaid, by making an appointment with a Facilitated Enroller/Certified Application Counselor.  These individuals can assist you to apply for health insurance on the New York State of Health website, or to apply for Medicaid by filling out an Access NY Health Care application.  A Facilitated Enroller/Certified Application Counselor may have hours or a location that are more convenient for you.  Some offer in-home assistance for individuals that are not able to access a community site.  They are:

  • Fidelis:  1-888-343-3547
  • United Healthcare:  (315) 705-9294
     

If you are already enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care, and have questions regarding changing plans or which providers participate with the plan you are enrolled in, there are staff located at our 6 Judson Street Canton office that can assist you in person, or by phone:

  • New York State Medicaid Choice:  (315) 379-2204 or (315) 379-2212
     

Brief Description of Medical Services:

Medical Services provides services such as housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, toileting, and grooming.  

This program is available through Medicaid, private payment, and some health insurers.

For a person to receive services, his or her doctor must send a completed Physician's Order to the local social services district, which then arranges a social and nursing assessment of the individual.  A nurse assessor uses the results of the assessments, together with the physician's order, to recommend an appropriate amount, frequency and duration of services.

Available services are:

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Home Health Aides
  • Household Chore Services
     

Personal Care and medical eligibility questions can be directed to:
Heather Patton, Senior Caseworker | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2171

Nursing Home and financial eligibility questions can be directed to:
Kelly Barr, Principal Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2189

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Social Services Assistance With Burials


Contact Person 
Jessica Whitford, Resource Agent | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2164

Brief Description of Services:
If necessary, the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services sometimes can pay for indigent burials or cremations when County residents do not have adequate resources to fully cover the final expenses of loved ones.  When funeral arrangements are being made and family members express that someone has died without sufficient resources for a burial or cremation and they cannot assume responsibility for paying all the expenses, they can apply to Department of Social Services for assistance.  The Indigent Burial Application forms are available at all funeral homes in the County, and must be completed listing all income and resources of legally responsible relatives as well as of the deceased.  Applications are reviewed by the Resource Agent and eligibility is determined.

Eligibility:  less than $1,500.00 in available resources

Application Process:  St. Lawrence County has a contract with the Funeral Directors’ Association.  All applications are submitted by the Funeral Home on the applicant’s behalf.

  1. A signed burial application must be received by the Department before eligibility can be determined.
  2. An application will be denied if it is submitted after funeral services have already been performed.
  3. An application submitted before death will be denied.

Required Documentation:  proof of all income and resources

Fees:  All available assets must be contributed.

DSS evaluates each indigent burial application under New York Social Services Law § 141 and regulations under Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations pertaining to public assistance.  Such law and regulations require this Department to consider whether relatives, friends, or personal representatives are liable or willing to become responsible for burial expenses of the decedent, among other factors.

Special note:  If a decedent died as a result of a crime, the funeral costs may be covered by NY Crime Victim’s Board, who can be reached at (315) 435-2470.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY FRAUDULENT AND/OR MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION ON THE APPLICATION WILL BE PURSUED AS A WELFARE FRAUD OFFENSE AND THE DEPARTMENT WILL SEEK CIVIL AND CRIMINAL REMEDIES TO OBTAIN REPAYMENT OF ANY FUNDS OBTAINED BY FALSE PRETENSES.

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Temporary Assistance


Contact Person
Karen Durham, Head Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2155

Brief Description of Services:
The Temporary Assistance Unit provides financial assistance to families to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and fuel. Those families that qualify for Temporary Assistance may also receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Applications are accepted Monday - Friday during normal business hours. Applicants who have an emergency are interviewed the same day they apply.  This enables applicants to access needed services sooner, and with less travel. Income and resource guidelines for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps are different.

 

How Do I Apply for Temporary Assistance?

 

People can determine their likely eligibility for Temporary Assistance, Food Stamps, HEAP, and Other Programs by visiting NYS MyBenefits Website at: www.mybenefits.ny.gov OR click on the picture (below).

www.mybenefits.ny.gov

 

Any questions about eligibility or procedure can be directed to:
Kimberly Dafoe, Principal Social Welfare Examiner | St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 229-3136

Please note: all applicants for TA with minor child(ren) must file child support referrals whenever there is a parent(s) that does not live in the household.

NOTICE:  Documentation Required for Eligibility Determination

In order to complete your eligibility determination, bring the following documentation with you for your interview: 

NOTE: If application is made by an adult, who is not part of the household applying for TA, written authorization from the head of household is required.

NYDocSubmit is a mobile application that allows certain applicants and recipients in participating social services districts to take pictures of their documents and submit them to their local district office using their Apple iOS or Android device. There is no need for the individual to take time off from work, stand in line or travel to the district office to drop off documents.

Note: NYDocSubmit is not monitored for emergencies and is not to be used to submit an application or to submit a periodic report.

PROOF OF WHO YOU ARE: (For each applying household member)

  • Photo I.D.
  • Driver's License
  • Sheriff or College I.D
  • Passport
  • Benefit Card
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service Documentation
  • Birth or Baptismal or Adoption Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • All Marriage Certificates / Divorce Decrees
     

PROOF OF WHERE YOU LIVE:

  • Landlord statement (*Enclosed in packet of information with application) or rent receipt, lease, mortgage records, statement from another person, current mail or school records. OR ...
  • If you own your home or are purchasing on a land contract, you must also provide us with a copy of your mortgage, deed, or land contract along with a copy of your current land and school taxes, and homeowners insurance.
  • Whether you rent or own, you must also bring the following current bills: Sewer, Water, Phone, Fuel and Electric.
  • You must provide, written by someone not living in your home, an occupancy statement listing everyone living in your home even if they are not applying for assistance.  
     

PROOF OF ANY INCOME:

  • Last four (4) weeks or 2 bi-weekly pay stubs 
  • Tax records
  • Business records
  • Statement from roomers, boarder, or lodgers of amount paid to you for lodging. 
     

IF APPLICABLE, a statement from your previous employer regarding your last day worked, the amount of your last check, and the reasons that you are no longer employed.


PROOF OF UNEARNED INCOME:

  • Unemployment letter or stub for the last four (4) weeks
  • Social Security or SSI Award Letter
  • Court ordered support or alimony agreement
  • Veteran's Benefits Award Letter
  • Workmen's Compensation/NYS Disability
  • Tuition, Fees, Books
  • Financial Aid Statement 
     

PROOF OF RESOURCES:

  • Car Registration and/or Title
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Bank Statements (including checking, savings, and credit union accounts)
  • Verification of Trust Fund, IRA account, 401-K or Retirement Funds, pending lawsuits
  • Verification of stocks and/or bonds and their value
  • Deeds to any Real Property 
     

PROOF OF MEDICAL EXPENSES:

  • Any Paid or Unpaid Medical Bills (receipts, printouts, etc...)
     

NOTICE:  Handout for All Applicants for Temporary Assistance

This information is available to all applicants for Temporary Assistance. It is intended to help you determine if you are a victim of Domestic Violence and to consider ways to make yourself and your family safe and self-supporting.

  • Physically hurting you by, for example, pushing, grabbing, slapping, hitting, choking, or kicking?
  • Forcing you to have sex when you don't want to or do sexual things you don't want to do?
  • Threatening to hurt you, your children or someone close to you?
  • Constantly putting you down or telling you that you are worthless?
  • Stalking, checking up on you, or following you?
  • Making you afraid? 
     

SERVICES:  You can call a 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline for Information about Emergency Shelter, Support Groups, Counseling and your Legal Rights.

  • In New York City call: 1-800-62 I-HOPE (1-800-621-4673). 
  • All others call: 1-800-942-6906
  • Spanish speaking callers call: 1-800-942-6908.
  • Reachout: (315) 265-2422
  • Renewal House: (315) 379-9845
  • Domestic Abuse Response Team: (315) 379-2230.
     

You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for Temporary Assistance. If you think that you are a victim of domestic violence and that meeting one or more of the requirements may place you or your children at greater risk of harm or make it more difficult to escape from abuse, you may request a temporary delay of those requirements by requesting a temporary waiver. A temporary waiver of program requirements can be given by a Domestic Violence Liaison (DVL) if it is deteremined that these requirements would increase the potential for continued abuse of you and/or your children.

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