On this page you’ll find information and links to resources related to DCBS agency response to COVID-19 and its impact on our programs, services and the people we serve.
DCBS wants to thank clients and partners for their patience as we continue to serve families in a manner that keeps staff and customers safe.
The Official Team Kentucky Source for COVID-19 Information
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Stimulus
Effects on traditional school schedules and learning methods due to the COVID-19 state of emergency led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for many Kentucky children. These children now can receive P-EBT for October 2020 through the end of the current school year with the continuation of a program jointly offered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides a card families can use to buy food to replace free school meals for students participating in virtual learning for five or more days. Enrollment is automatic for children eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals at schools participating in National School Lunch Program and for all students in Community Eligible Program schools.
Households already receiving SNAP benefits will be issued P-EBT benefits on the head-of-household’s existing EBT card for all eligible children. Students who do not receive SNAP benefits will receive P-EBT benefits on the previously issued card. If a student never has received P-EBT stimulus benefits, a new card will be mailed to the address on file with their school.
More information on eligibility and program benefits:
Kentucky Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Electrónica de Beneficios de Kentucky por la Pandemia
Preguntas frecuentes (FAQs, por sus siglas en inglés)
Family Support Office Hours
Our DCBS county Family Support offices have limited most in-person services in response to COVID-19. DCBS will continue to serve clients in several ways:
Online at the Benefind website
In addition to regular hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, Call Service lines will be open to assist clients with Medicaid, SNAP and other public assistance benefits from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays beginning March 28, 2020.
Family Support Documentation
Clients can drop off documentation at their local office or use the
statewide email inbox to assist with returning information for benefit application.
Individuals can submit clear, black and white pictures of requested documents and email. Please include the case name and case number, if available, in the email.
Guidance for Limiting In-person Services at Family Support Offices