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04/19/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

DCF Recognized as PSC Helping Hand for April

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) today recognized the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) as a PSC Helping Hand.  Partnerships are essential to raise public awareness, and the Commission appreciates DCF’s assistance in helping Florida’s low-income residents subscribe to the Lifeline Assistance (Lifeline) telephone discount program.

“Through our partnership, families learn about Lifeline benefits when signing up for certain public assistance programs through DCF,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé.  “These families are looking for ways to stretch their income, and Lifeline provides a much needed monthly discount on telephone bills.  Lifeline also keeps residents connected to their families, emergency and community services, and job opportunities.”

“For many years, DCF has helped us get Lifeline to those needing it most, and I am pleased to recognize the agency and DCF Secretary David Wilkins as the PSC Helping Hand for April,” Chairman Brisé continued. 

During two PSC workshops held last year with state agencies and social service representatives from across Florida, the Commission helped organizations connect to share resources and more effectively serve their clientele.  To continue the workshops’ success and recognize positive working relationships, each month this year the PSC is acknowledging a partner--a PSC Helping Hand--who has assisted the Commission’s outreach efforts.

“We are honored to be named a PSC Helping Hand,” said Secretary Wilkins. “Every day we work hard to help families under stress. We know how important having a telephone is for families to feel safe and connected.  Parents may need to call a child’s teacher, talk to a doctor if someone is sick, or just reach out to a friend or family member for advice or to ask for a ride. Having a phone makes it easier to do the small but essential things it takes to maintain a strong and healthy family.”

Look for the PSC Helping Hand web page, recognizing outreach partners throughout 2013, under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage,     

For more information on Lifeline Assistance, visit

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.