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The Mission of the Office of Federal Programs is to ensure the Department of Juvenile Justice maximizes federal reimbursement funding for all eligible expenditures.

The Vision of the Office of Federal Programs is all eligible youth will have access to federal resources to facilitate and support their placement and service needs.

The Goals of the Office of Federal Programs are to:

  • Maximize federal Title IV-E funding for eligible and reimbursable community case management, placement, and training expenditures.
  • Ensure eligible youth in and awaiting community residential placements maintain access to healthcare services through Medicaid.
  • Promote youth independence by assisting eligible youth in accessing Supplemental Security Income and other human services benefits.


The Office of Federal Programs only provides Medicaid for committed youth in non-secure community residential placement, also known as Room, Board and Watchful Oversight (RBWO) placements. However, the Office of Federal Programs can provide Medicaid eligibility information for youth in the community.

Youth serving long-term secure confinement dispositions in YDC or RYDC are not eligible for Medicaid once they are adjudicated. Parents/guardians of youth serving long-term confinement dispositions in YDC or RYDC should contact the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) to terminate their youth’s Medicaid. Otherwise, DJJ may notify the Georgia Department of Community Health that the youth is confined and his/her Medicaid will be terminated.

Georgia Families 360° SM

On Monday, March 3, 2014 the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) transitioned 27,000 children, youth and young adults in foster care, children and youth receiving adoption assistance, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system who are placed in residential programs into Georgia Families 360°SM, the State's new managed care program. Amerigroup Community Care is the Care Management Organization (CMO) that will be managing this population.

Members of the Georgia Families 360°SM program will receive the following services to improve care coordination, access to care, and health outcomes:

  • A primary care provider and primary dental provider for each member
  • Access to preventive care and screenings
  • Regional Care Coordination Teams to help coordinate care and schedule appointments
  • Assigned Care Managers to identify and refer for needed services
  • 24/7 Intake Line
  • Oversight of psychotropic medication

If you have any additional questions about this transition, please contact
Amerigroup at GF360@amerigroup.com or you may contact DJJ's Office of Federal Programs at OFPMedicaid@djj.state.ga.us.

Georgia Families 360°SM Resources

Amerigroup’s Georgia Families 360°SM Website
Crisis Stabilization Unit Frequently Asked Questions
Georgia Department of Community Health’s Georgia Families 360°SM Website
Georgia Families 360°SM Resource Guide
PRTF Frequently Asked Questions
Room, Board and Watchful Oversight (RBWO) Providers Frequently Asked Questions
Amerigroup Intake Compliance Team FAQs


COMPASS, the Common Point of Access to Social Services, serves as a single access point for application for several benefit programs for Georgians. Individuals and community based organizations have the ability to screen for, apply for and renew a broad range of social programs through the use of the COMPASS website. The Department of Juvenile Justice has an agreement with DFCS to be a COMPASS Community Partner. As a COMPASS Community Partner, the Office of Federal Programs provides both training and technical support to designated COMPASS individual users within the agency.

COMPASS trained DJJ employees can assist YDC youth and their families with the application process for the following benefits through COMPASS the day the youth are released from YDC:

  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Child Care
  • PeachCare for Kids®
  • WIC
  • Energy Assistance
  • Food Assistance
  • Child Support Services
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
  • Aging Services
  • Community Services Block Grant Funds
  • Housing Assistance

Prior to a youth’s release from YDC, the Office of Federal Programs provides an email notification for youth who had any of the federal benefits listed above before they entered YDC. This notification is sent to the appropriate Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialist, Regional Treatment Service Specialist, Operations Support Manager, and/or Juvenile Program Manager. Select DJJ employees that are trained COMPASS individual users are able to assist these youth with prior eligibility apply for benefits or add the youth to their family’s existing case through COMPASS.

Please contact DJJOFPCompass@djj.state.ga.us for questions or additional information about COMPASS.


Title IV-E of the Social Security Act helps states pay for foster care placements for children who meet federal eligibility criteria. Title IV-E provides reimbursements to states for placement, administration, and training costs associated with youth in foster care. For DJJ, potentially Title IV-E eligible youth are not in foster care, but in “foster care like placements” such as non-secure community residential programs (also known as room, board and watchful oversight or RBWO placements).

DJJ and the Department of Human Services (DHS) enter into a yearly agreement which permits DJJ to claim Title IV-E funding eligible youth. The Office of Federal Programs is responsible for identifying and determining eligibility of youth’s who meet Title IV-E criteria and implementing the Random Moment Survey (RMS), as well as the programmatic requirements for the Title IV-E program.

Please contact DJJOFPTitleIV-E@djj.state.ga.us for questions or additional information about Title IV-E.

Pre-Release Program for Social Security Benefits

Youth may lose their eligibility for social security benefits while in RYDC and YDC. For youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, DJJ reports to the Social Security Administration (SSA) when youth are confined in RYDC or YDC. Their SSI benefits are then suspended after they are confined in RYDC or YDC for more than 30 days. The SSI benefits remain in suspension for a year while the youth is in RYDC or YDC. However, after one year of confinement, the benefits are then terminated.

For youth who receive other Social Security (SS) benefits, such as Survivor’s benefits, DJJ reports to SSA when youth have received a secure confinement disposition from the Court. Their social security benefits are then suspended. The benefits remain in suspension for a year while the youth is in RYDC or YDC. However, after one year of confinement, the benefits are then terminated.

To support a successful reentry into the community after leaving YDC, the SSA created the Pre-Release Program for Social Security and Supplemental Income Benefits. This program provides an expedited process for confined youth to apply for their SSI or SS benefits that they will need to cover medical and living expenses after release from YDC.

DJJ’s participation in the Pre-Release Program allows youth scheduled for release from YDC to start the process of reinstating their SSI benefits 90 days prior to their scheduled YDC release date. The Office of Federal Programs functions as a liaison between case managers and SSA by ensuring the Pre-Release application is completed and submitted according to the guidelines established by SSA. Additionally, prior to a youth’s release from YDC, the Office of Federal Programs provides an email notification for youth who had SSI or SS benefits prior to their confinement in YDC. This email is sent to Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialists, Regional Treatment Service Specialists, Operations Support Managers, Juvenile Detention Counselors, and/or Juvenile Program Managers.

Please contact OFP_SSI@djj.state.ga.us for questions and additional information about the Pre-Release Program.

Office of Federal Programs Staff

Natalie Towns – Director
Operations Support

Jennifer Bell–Operations Support Manager

Shakenna Smith–Operations Analyst II


Tricia Phillips-Williams--Medicaid/SSI Program Coordinator

Geretta Benjamin–Operations Analyst I

Title IV-E

Joycelyn Evans–Title IV-E Program Coordinator

Patrick Knight–Title IV-E Program Specialist

Vivian Bell–RMS Coordinator

DJJ Medicaid Eligibility Specialists

Lucille Bowen–Supervisor

Teresa McBride–For DJJ NW Region (excluding Henry & Monroe Counties)

Sheila Nolley–For DJJ NE Region (including Henry, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Morgan Counties)

Cheryl Jackson–For DJJ SE & SW Regions (including Monroe County; excluding Greene, Hancock, Jasper & Morgan Counties)

General subject matter inquiries should be sent to:


DJJFederalPrograms@djj.state.ga.us – for information about the Office of Federal Programs
OFPMedicaid@djj.state.ga.us - for information about Medicaid
OFP_SSI@djj.state.ga.us - for information about Supplemental Security Income
OFPRandomMomentSurvey@djj.state.ga.us - for Random Moment Survey responses, questions, and information
DJJOFPTitleIV-E@djj.state.ga.us - for information about Title IV-E
DJJOFPCompass@djj.state.ga.us - for information about DJJ`s COMPASS (Common Point of Access to Social Services) Community Partnership


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