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Website Helps County Residents Qualify for Human Services Programs - December 12, 2006

Newspaper Excerpt from County News Online:

Sutter County, Calif. residents who want to know if they’re eligible for any of a number of human services programs need look no further than a single Web site - SutterHelps.org.

Visitors to the site, created by the county’s human services and IT departments, can determine if they might qualify for any of 16 programs, ranging from food stamps and Medical - California’s Medicaid program - to free or reduced-price lunches.

SutterHelps Website Receives National Achievement Award - September 5, 2006

Award Sutter County Departments of Information Technology and Human Services received a coveted Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACO) at that organization's annual meeting in Chicago on August 7, 2006.

The award was granted for the development and implementation of SutterHelps.org, a Web-based information site which gives individuals an opportunity to see which of 16 eligibility-based programs they might benefit from. SutterHelps provides preliminary eligibility indication for programs ranging from School Lunch to Medi-Cal. This program is one of a kind in California and is available free of charge to users.

The program was conceptualized by staff from the Department of Human Services and created by staff from the Department of Information Technology. No outside consultants were used and the program runs on existing Sutter County equipment. Sutter County Supervisor Larry Montna was present for the award presentation and received the award on behalf of Sutter County and the two departments involved.

NACO Achievement Awards are granted each year to counties for innovative programs in 20 different categories. The 2006 awards were granted to 97 counties representing 27 different states.

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