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June 2, 2014

Unauthorized Access to DPHHS Server

As you may have heard, a server at DPHHS was hacked. This has effected the Search and Inquiry System (SIS) that WIC uses. To learn more about this incident, view this video prepared by DPHHS Director, Richard Opper. The Department has set up a helpline to answer questions about the incident at (800) 809-2956. Please call the helpline if you have any questions.

FFY 2015 WIC Contract Packet & Funding Formula

Attached are the FFY 2015 WIC contract packet forms:

FFY 2015 Funding Formula Spreadsheet
Contract packet instructions
Contract Packet Memo
Worksheet 1 - WIC Personnel
Worksheet 2 - WIC Contact Information

Please complete the Contract Packet forms and return them to the State WIC Office by July 1, 2014.

Formula Orders

For those of you who order special formula on a regular basis for participants, and know in advance what you will need for July, please send Kate and Chris your orders BEFORE June 15th (this month only). This will help with State Fiscal year-end paperwork. We will still be able to complete other orders as needed.

Local Clinic Monitoring Survey

A few weeks ago the State Office distributed a survey to local agency staff asking about their views on the latest round of on-site monitoring. The survey responses were tabulated and the results were shared with the WIC Future Study Group on May 13th. The group provided recommendations for continuing to improve the monitoring process. We will be incorporating their recommendations into upcoming changes to the monitor process for FY15-16. We would like to provide an additional opportunity to share your suggestions and comments about the monitoring process. Please email your suggestions and comments to Bernadette, and if you would like a summary of the survey results, please indicate that in your e-mail.

Local Agency Conference Call

Please remember to attend the June 19, 2014, Local Agency Conference Call. It is scheduled from 9:00 to 11:00am. An agenda will be coming. One topic will be the changes to food packages to be made with October benefits.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Conference Call

The next BPCP Conference Call will be held on June 25, 2014. It will start at 9:00 am. Please submit any agenda items you have by Wednesday, June 18, 2014, to Chris.

LARC Training Resource

At the Spring Training we shared information about WIC's competitive pricing system, including how peer groups and the Maximum Allowable Reimbursements (MAR) work. This is very important to understand when working with WIC retailers. We have adapted the training into this brief video, and encourage LARCs to take 15 minutes to review it.

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