State officials react to the lack of TANF drug tests

Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

by Katie Kreider

The Missouri Department of Social Services has yet to issue a single Temporary Assistance for Needy Families drug test, despite the law being signed over a year ago.

Rebecca Woelfel, communications director of the department, said they are doing what they can to move the process along.

The budget was approved for the program in July, and the regulations mandated by the law have been opened up for public comment.

The public comment session will end on Nov. 15. Once it has finished, department heads will begin making contracts with the drug testing companies.

State officials said this delay shows some of the downfalls in the state’s bureaucracy.

“The wheels of government grind slowly,” said bill co-sponsor Melissa Leach, R-Springfield.

Scott Holste, spokesperson for Gov. Jay Nixon, said the department is trying to move things along.