DHSS: How About Mailing This To Residents Instead Of Sending It Home In Backpacks!

My God!  In a week where the crazy seems to have gone as far as I think it can go, I see this.  And no, I’m not talking about Jack Markell getting honored by the National State Boards of Education today as the education whatever of the year.  I’m talking about this.  Sent home in a kindergartner’s backpack yesterday.  Has DHSS ever heard of something called stamps?  When did students become letter carriers for other state agencies?  And for those who might have read this, did DHSS think what that could mean to a child reading it?  I have seen some jacked up stuff in this state, but this one may take the cake.  Really?  The insensitivity behind this is astounding.  What happens when a student reads this who may not who their father is?  Or has issues with that?  Or doesn’t come from a traditional family?  Or maybe there is some type of protective order in place.  When did state organizations turn into complete assholes?

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4 thoughts on “DHSS: How About Mailing This To Residents Instead Of Sending It Home In Backpacks!

  1. Oh my GOD!!!! I can’t believe they would send that letter home! What the hell is right Kevin! That is one of the most despicable things I have ever seen!!! Someone should call Theodore Mermigos and read him the riot act! That is sickening!! If I EVER saw something like that in my child’s backpack – I would lose it. And secondly – IT’S NONE OF THEIR GODDAMN BUSINESS!!!!!

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  2. Before anyone has a cow over this, the federal requirements to meet paternity requirements is the driving force. It is the state’s business to establish paternity, state and federal laws require Medicaid and TANF recipients to have paternity locked. There is a big push using outside contractors and state agencies to determine paternity. There are many reasons for establishing paternity, here is one. If a father is receiving SS disability and the paternity has not been established for the child, the child cannot receiving any benefits from SS. That also includes benefits if the father passes away. The letters have been mailed out, there are radio/print public service announcements, and Facebook/website announcements. Whenever state benefits are paid, there are state and federal requirements involved.

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    1. Bill, I certainly don’t mind the reasoning for this. However, what I found absolutely disgusting was a letter like this being sent home from a school. There is a time and place for everything, but more and more our schools are becoming something they shouldn’t be. If other state agencies don’t know how to get information to parents, they should not be using a child to do so. No matter how one may feel about the nature of the letter, the fact remains it is highly inappropriate for this to be coming home with a child for the reasons I mentioned in the article. But assuming all the methods of delivery by DHSS have been utilized. Why are they having schools put these in kid’s take-home material?

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