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If you’re looking for or already have certain health benefits in Georgia, you’ve probably heard of COMPASS. Compass.ga.gov is an online application that helps facilitate health and human services in Georgia. You can use it to apply for certain benefits, manage your current benefits or renew future benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is the Food Stamp program in Georgia, helps low-income families pay for food with monthly benefits. You can apply for Food Stamps at your local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office. DFCS office times can vary, so be sure to check opening times online before making the trip.
Once you create an account on COMPASS, you can check the status of your application, report changes in household circumstances and renew your benefits online.
Even for two working parents, child care can be expensive. Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) helps families in Georgia afford reliable child care through subsidized services. Georgia residents can apply online for CAPS through COMPASS. As with Food Stamps, you can also check your eligibility, check the status of your application and renew your benefits.
Once you’ve created an account, COMPASS also allows you to check and manage your benefits for Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). However, keep in mind, to apply for these services, you must go to your local DFCS office.
COMPASS also lets you see if you qualify for other benefits (even if they aren’t facilitated by COMPASS). For example, by clicking on the "Am I Eligible" picture, COMPASS tells you if you qualify for housing assistance, aging services, mental health services or energy assistance.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) warns that COMPASS works best with Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer. If you ever need help with COMPASS or any health and human services, always feel free to call 1-877-423-4746. DHS also provides a list of community partners close to you (click the "Partners" picture) who can help you manage your specific benefits.
Update March 2016: You must apply for food stamps at a local DFCS office. You can no longer apply online through the COMPASS application, but you can still check and manage your benefits there. Learn more from DFCS.
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Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.