WIC State Plan

SD WIC Program Fiscal Year 2023 State Plan

PUBLIC COMMENT BY:  August 19, 2022

PROGRAM: SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN (WIC)

AGENCY: SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

ACTION: PUBLIC COMMENT ON STATE WIC PLAN

SUMMARY: THIS WEBSITE OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AGENCY WIC PLAN FOR 2023. IT DESCRIBES THE MANNER IN WHICH THE STATE AGENCY INTENDS TO IMPLEMENT AND OPERATE ALL ASPECTS OF PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION WITHIN ITS JUIRISDICTION AND INCORPORATES POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO CARRY OUT THE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN (WIC).

EFFECTIVE DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2022

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO RECEIVE A COMPLETE COPY OF THE PLAN
CONTACT: RHONDA BUNTROCK, (605) 773-4786.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: THE AMENDED STATE PLAN INCLUDES AN OUTLINE OF THE STATE AGENCY’S FY2021 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES PROGRESS REPORT, FY2022 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR PROGRAM OPERATIONS, THE LOCAL AGENCY PROCEDURE MANUAL AND THE STATE OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING FUNCTIONAL AREAS:

  1. VENDOR AND FARMER MANAGEMENT

Vendor and farmer management includes all those activities associated with selecting, authorizing, training, monitoring, and investigating the State agency’s vendor and farmer population for the purpose of reducing fraud and abuse in the WIC Program food delivery system.

  1. NUTRITION SERVICES – BREASTFEEDING

Nutrition services include the full range of activities performed by a variety of staff to operate a WIC Program such as, participant screening and assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support and health promotion, food package prescriptions, and health care referrals. WIC State agencies are encouraged to refer to the quality WIC Nutrition Services Standards, available on the www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks for recommended criteria and best practices to incorporate activities that are consistent with providing quality nutrition services and revitalizing quality nutrition services (RQNS).  (Questions on Dietary Assessment can be found in Section 8. Certification, Eligibility and Coordination.)

  1. INFORMATION SYSTEM (IS)

This section, Information System (IS), involves the planning, documentation, security/confidentiality and production of the necessary reports relating to program operations through the utilization of automated data processing services at the State and local level.

  1. ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

Organization and management involves the procedures for the documentation of staff time at the State level devoted to the various WIC functions, the evaluation and selection of local agencies, the documentation of local agency staffing standards and data, as well as disaster planning.

  1. NUTRITION SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATIVE (NSA) EXPENDITURES

NSA expenditures involve the process of allocating, documenting and monitoring the distribution of administrative funds to local agencies, including the monitoring of nutrition education costs, and State and Local Agency direct/indirect costs.

  1. FOOD FUNDS MANAGEMENT

Food funds management involves monitoring cost containment measures and procedures related to infant formula and other authorized food items, the monitoring and management of State agency funding sources, and the accurate reporting of participation figures.

  1. CASELOAD MANAGEMENT

Caseload management involves identifying the target population and special populations within it, implementing strategies to enroll the potential population and utilizing caseload effectively to reach the desired populations. Describe the procedures in place to realize these strategies.

  1. CERTIFICATION, ELIGIBILITY AND COORDINATION SERVICES

The review of certification, eligibility and coordination of services involves the process of determining and documenting participant eligibility (income eligibility as well as nutritional risk determination, standards and criteria), and the coordination of certification activities with other health services.

  1. FOOD DELIVERY-FOOD INSTRUMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONTROL

Food delivery/food instrument (FI)/cash-value voucher (CVV) accountability and control involves the production, issuance, redemption, and monitoring of automated and manual food instruments, and cash-value vouchers, through retail systems and the delivery of WIC Program foods by non-retail methods i.e., home delivery and direct distribution.

  1. MONITORING & AUDITS

Monitoring and audits involves State agency efforts to review local agency activities on an ongoing and timely basis, and to track all audits involving WIC Program activity.

  1. CIVIL RIGHTS

The Civil Rights section of the State Plan should cover the training of State and local staff on issues, rules and regulations related to civil rights, public notification of nondiscrimination requirements, the monitoring of local agencies and clinics for compliance with civil rights regulations and rules, the collection of relevant racial/ethnic information and procedures for handling civil rights complaints.