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Public Assistance Helpline to transition to new phone system

Department of Public Health and Human Services officials announced the agency will be transitioning its Public Assistance Helpline (1-888-706-1535) to a new phone system beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.

During the transition, the Helpline will be temporarily unavailable from Aug. 7-8. The Helpline number will remain the same.

The Public Assistance Helpline was launched in 2015 and is staffed by knowledgeable eligibility workers for clients to call and receive assistance.

During the changeover, there are other options available for Montanans to apply for SNAP food assistance, TANF cash


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