JFS benefits available for those impacted by COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2020

Portage County Job & Family Services 

During this challenging time with the COVID-19 crisis, Portage County Job & Family Services (PCJFS) is still providing essential services to the residents of Portage County and we are still here for you.  The PCJFS employees are telecommuting on a full time basis.  Essential services that are being provided include: Food Assistance aka SNAP, cash assistance, child care subsidy, Medicaid, Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) emergency assistance, Child Support financial assistance to children and modifications of orders for obligors, Child and Adult Protective Services, youth case management, Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) to medical appointments and residential services to children in PCJFS custody.  We are working expeditiously to get benefits authorized for our residents.

PCJFS would like to remind the community that the Child and Elder Abuse CARES Line remains open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  The number to report abuse or neglect concerns is (330)296-CARE (2273).

Thank you to the community for your ongoing support of Portage JFS.  PCJFS is here for you during these challenging times.

 

Questions regarding unemployment? While OhioMeansJobs is not the agency to file your claim with, we can answer questions and provide you with resources to help! Please click here.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 24, 2020
PORTAGE COUNTY JOB & FAMILY SERVICES

Effective March 25, 2020 until further notice ALL JFS BUILDING LOCATIONS WILL CLOSE

Portage County Job and Family Services will continue to provide essential services to the Portage County residents.  Those essential services include Food Assistance aka SNAP, cash assistance, child care subsidy, Medicaid, Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) emergency assistance, Child Support financial assistance to children and modifications of orders for obligors, Child and Adult Protective Services, youth case management, Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) to medical appointments and residential services to children in PCJFS custody.

We will be expedient in processing public assistance applications so that individuals can receive those benefits to which they are entitled.  We will continue to investigate child and elder abuse and neglect cases and those calls should continue to be made to 330-296-2273 (CARE). We will continue to address the safety and wellbeing of the children entrusted in our care.  We will not be taking negative action on public assistance and child support cases at this time.  Work Experience Participants (WEP) will not be sanctioned from benefits for non-participation at worksites.

While all of our building locations will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, information, applications and postage paid envelopes will be available at the doors of the County Administration Building and can be dropped off in the drop box in the parking lot or mailed back in.  Mail will be picked up on a daily basis from the drop box.  Clients will receive mailed notices of benefit determination.  JFS clients can also contact our main number at 330-297-3750 to speak to a JFS representative.  For those that do not want to wait on hold and need to follow up or get information on securing one of the essential services can also email JFS at Portage_PA@JFS.ohio.gov.

PREVENTION, RETENTION, AND CONTINGENCY APPLICATION BELOW

Portage County families who have been displaced from employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are in need of services through Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) may apply here. Please follow the link to the fillable PRC application. Once completed, you may submit your application by email to Portage_PRC@jfs.ohio.gov.

Please note that page 5 of the PRC packet are to be filled out by the applicant's employer.

 

***Please make sure to download the below application to your computer and open it with Adobe Reader to ensure that all form functionality works properly. Please save the form after you have completed the necessary information and send to the email box Portage_PRC@jfs.ohio.gov. ***

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PREVENTION, RETENTION, AND CONTINGENCY APPLICATION

 

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Mission Statement:

To provide children, adults and families an effective support system to assist in obtaining self-sufficiency and a safe, stable, healthy living environment.

The Portage County Department of Job and Family Services consists of Public Assistance, Child Support Enforcement, Public Children's Services and OhioMeansJobs Portage County. These departments interact with community-based social services agencies and other governmental agencies in helping children and their families as well as adults over 60.

The Department of Job and Family Services through a work force of 206 people determines eligibility and provides services to the community through employment programs, Cash Assistance, Food Assistance, Medicaid, paternity establishment, support enforcement, adult protective services, child protective services, foster care, and adoptions.

Portage County Job & Family Services Annual Report 2017

Portage County Job & Family Services Annual Report 2018

Portage County Job & Family Services Annual Report 2019

JFS Community Resource Book

Portage County Job & Family Services Newsletter

Portage Prospers is an anti poverty campaign that will run throughout 2019 to show successes within Portage County! 

Portage County Job & Family Services is a government agency which exists to support and supplement community employers, educational systems, and community based social service systems. Please use the navigational sidebar on the left side of this page to see the programs we offer to help you personally.

 
 

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Kellijo Jeffries Director, MSW, LSW