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DHHR prepares to launch upgraded school voucher program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Changes in the school voucher program will enable parents receiving the benefits this year a wider option for the purchase of back to school clothing.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch announced the changes last week with the state’s school voucher program for 2020.

“Recipients will receive either an electronic benefits transfer card or EBT card or a check in place of the traditional paper vouchers,” Crouch said.

The change reflects the times and enables parents to shop on-line for the clothing.

“This system upgrade will allow for both online transactions and increased choice of vendors when purchasing clothing or piece goods,” he said.

Those eligible can begin making application for the allowance through the DHHR on Tuesday, September 1 for children enrolled in West Virginia schools. Each eligible child will receive a $200 benefit that may be used toward the purchase of appropriate school clothing or piece goods for families who sew clothing for their children.

The following families automatically receive school clothing allowance benefits for each school-age child in the home by the end of August:. Families with children currently receiving West Virginia Works cash assistance. those in Foster care, or children ages 4 to 18 who receive SNAP benefits, are enrolled in public school, and are under 100 percent of the poverty level.

Families who received school clothing allowance in 2019 and currently have Medicaid coverage only should receive an application by mail in late August to apply for the school clothing allowance program. Others may be eligible for school clothing allowance benefits, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,184. Verification of income for the month of September must be submitted with the application.

Individuals may apply online at or request an application be mailed to them by contacting their local DHHR office or by calling 1-877-716-1212. Applications must be received in the local DHHR office by September 30, 2020.

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