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Approach cautious to Social Services

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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The Pitt County Board of Commissioners agreed at its Monday meeting that it will cautiously move through the process of evaluating the county’s social and human services operations before deciding whether to overhaul it.

County staff presented commissioners a preliminary report outlining possible changes in the management of social services. The report followed problems related to the launch of the North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology services application system (NC FAST). A combination of problems, including technical glitches on the state level, created a backlog of applications and left many families without food stamps during the past year.


North Carolina traditionally required human service agencies to be supervised by boards that are separate from the county commissioners. Recent changes in the law now allow counties to combine human service agencies and place them under one supervising body. Most counties have opted to combine social services and health departments.

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