Health care assistance from the Missouri Department of Social Services includes help finding coverage options or locating a medical provider, methods for determining benefits and assistance completing applications. Coverage applications are also available online, in addition to detailed provider information such as fee schedules, provider databases and enrollment information. Generally speaking, the Missouri DSS provides assistance for families, children and youth, and helps individuals with matters related to health care, legal needs, educational issues, child care and general safety.
Many Missouri Department of Social Services programs are geared toward the health and welfare of children. The department website allows parents to initiate the application process for child support services and view the status of support payments. Prospective parents can check out information regarding foster family programs and adoption procedures, as well as review adoption-related photos.
The department offers an online invoicing program and child care rate structures for child care services, as well as invoicing capability for children's residential treatment services. The Missouri DSS also provides assistance with food stamp applications, and answers questions about food stamp usage.
The Division of Youth Services provides educational assistance for struggling students by paying special attention to learning deficiencies and areas of under-performance, by implementing methods proven to improve study habits, and by emphasizing key components such as literacy, research skills and career guidance.