What is the Georgia Department of Human Service's COMPASS program?


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The Georgia Department of Human Services' Common Point of Access to Social Services, or COMPASS, is a free online self-service resource provided by the Division of Family and Children Services, and it is partly funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Science, as stated on its website. COMPASS provides information about various public assistance benefits, including health care and human services. The site is available in English and Spanish, as of 2015.

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COMPASS provides an eligibility checker tool for Georgia residents to determine if they qualify for public assistance programs such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Aging Services, Substance Abuse Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Homeless Prevention or Assistance, Food Stamp Benefits, Child Care, Energy Assistance, Mental Health Services, Child Support and Local Community Based Services. Some of these programs, such as Child Care and Parent Services, allow qualified residents to apply online through the site. Applicants can view the status of their application online between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., as of 2015.

Georgia residents already receiving state benefits can create a secure MyCOMPASS account to update personal information, view benefits and renew them. Call 877-423-4746 to receive free assistance with using COMPASS, or access the list of local registered Community Partners based on county that is available on the site to receive in-person help.

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