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Job & Family Services

710 Court Street
P.O. Box 1347
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-1347

CDJFS Phone: (740) 354-6661
CDJFS Fax: (740) 354-3351
CSEA Phone: (740) 355-8909
CSEA Fax: (740) 353-2576

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Wednesday 7:30 - 5:00 PM

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Scioto County Job & Family Services is to provide, in a climate of dignity and respect, families and individuals with financial, medical and supportive services to reduce dependency, to increase self-sufficiency and to enhance the quality of life.

The Scioto County Department of Job & Family Services makes every effort that no person(s) shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender or religion be excluded from participation in, be denied or delayed the benefits or services authorized or provided by this agency, any state agency or county provider.


  • OWF Temporary Cash Assistance
  • Ohio Medicaid
  • Food Assistance
  • Child Support
  • Other Supportive Services We Provide
Visit Our New Public Access Station!!

Applications for benefits through Scioto County Job and Family Services now can be completed and submitted online.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Benefit Applications is a new web-based tool that provides a way online for people to apply for food assistance, Ohio Works First (cash assistance), and Medicaid.

Just go to the web-site below and click on either "Am I Eligible?", "Apply for Benefits" or "Report My Changes." Your paperwork will automatically be forwarded to your caseworker for review. The site is quick, easy and secure. If you are eligible, it will make it easier for you to get the help you need. Once your application is received online, in many situations, your interview can be done over the telephone.

Scioto County Job and Family Services has a computer in their lobby that will provide access to the online application.

Click on the link below to apply for assistance online.

If applicant chooses to apply in person, the agency hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M. with extended hours on Wednesday 7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. A screener can let you know if your application can be processed the same day.

Click on the link below to access the website, you can then click on "F" and then click on "Fact Sheets" to obtain a list of the fact sheets for every program. Each fact sheet will provide you detailed information about that program.

Temporary Cash Assistance
Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Familes (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide cash assistance to eligible needy families. Some cash benefits are time limited for up to 36 months. Those applicants must cooperate with the Work Activities Program in order to remain eligible for cash assistance.

Ohio Medicaid
Medicaid is like health insurance. It provides health coverage to certain eligible people of all ages who do not have the money or sufficient health insurance coverage for medical care. Ohio's Medicaid program is funded by both the federal government and the State of Ohio. It is administered by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Who Can Qualify for Medicaid?
Medicaid provides health coverage to different groups of people who meet financial requirements, including:

  • Covered Families and Children.
  • Children up to age 19.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Families with children under age 19 who participate in the Ohio Works First program are automatically covered.
  • Families who are not eligible for OWF may still qualify for Medicaid if they meet the financial requirements.
  • People who are Aged, Blind or have Disabilities.
  • Adults, 65 years or older.
  • Individuals with Disabilities, including individuals who are legally blind.
  • Individuals who are eligible for Medicare can receive help paying all or part of their Medicare premiums, co-payments, and/or deductibles.
  • People who need care in a nursing facility.

Food Assistance Program
The Food Assistance Program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well-being of individuals in low income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their meals together.

Who Can Get Food Assistance Benefits?
You may qualify for benefits if your household's gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Some households may qualify if they have income over the limit if someone in the household is elderly or disabled. If your household's income is under the limit, or if the limit does not apply, the agency will then review your household expenses to determine your monthly benefit amount. The expenses reviewed include such things as rent or mortgage costs, gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, medical expenses, and payments for child support and child care. In determining whether you qualify, they will also look at the number of people in your household who purchase and prepare food together. In special situations, resources such as cash, savings and stocks also are considered when determining whether a person is eligible.

Child Support
Mission Statement
To provide children with financial and medical support from non-residential parents in accordance with the parents' means. To do so in an atmosphere which enhances non-residential parents' sense of responsibility to their children. To understand that child support is not just a question of dollars and cents but involves the emotions of personal and intimate relationships.

The Scioto County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) is committed to providing quality services for your child by establishing paternity, location, setting and enforcing support and medical orders, modifying support and monitoring collections and disbursements of support obligations. CSEA will strive to help you obtain your child support needs.

Once your case is registered at the Scioto County CSEA, an investigator is assigned to your case. The lobby hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday 7:30 to 5:00 PM. You may contact your customer service representative between the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

Case specific information on balances and payments.

Information on paying child support, including paying account with a debit or credit card.

Social and Supportive Services
The Social Services Department of Scioto County Job & Family Services provides several supportive services to the residents of Scioto County.

Day Care
The Agency assists families in obtaining day care services for those families who are either employed or in some type of educational or work related activity. The determination of eligibility is based on the household's income. Currently, we compare the household's gross income to the 150% standard of the federal poverty guidelines. Once a family is eligible for services, they would remain eligible until the household's gross income exceeds 165% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Non Emergency Transportation
NET services will assist those individuals who need gas money to get to a medical appointment outside of Scioto County. To be eligible, the individual must receive an Ohio Medicaid card the month he/she is requesting services. For eligible pregnant women, NET can also assist these individuals with gas money to go to medical appointments for up to one year after giving birth.

Adult Protective Services
The Agency will make home visits to the homes of individuals 60 years of age and older who are suspected of being abused, neglected or exploited. In emergency situations, the agencye can be at the individual's home within 24 hours and for non-emergency calls within 48 hours. The Agency works with the family of the elderly to ensure their safety.

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Program
The PRC program is focused on assisting families who are employed, beginning employment or recently lost employment. The PRC program is designed to:
  • Provide for contingent needs by helping with nonrecurring urgent problems.
  • Support families who receive OWF to become self-sufficient.


710 Court Street
Portsmouth, Ohio


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UPDATED 7.21.15
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