The mission of the Office of Women's Services (OWS) is to act as a facilitator, among and between all levels of the public and private sectors, in the coordination of services geared to meet the needs of women. The Office of Women's' Services is mandated and committed to assisting such programs in achieving the most positive outcomes for the women they serve by avoiding the unnecessary duplication or fragmentation of such services. The OWS is also mandated and committed to developing and administering the kind of direct service programs that empower and enable women to successfully carry out their roles as mothers, homemakers, spouses, employers, employees, taxpayers, productive citizens, and individuals.
The goals of the Office of Women's Services are:
1. Encourage and provide for the educational needs designed to educate, retrain, and prepare women in the state of Louisiana, especially low-income women who are dislocated from the workforce.
2. Provide ongoing development of non-traditional job training programs for women, particularly geared to economic self-sufficiency.
The Governor's Office of Women's Services is the official state agency legislatively charged to advocate for women by assisting the coordination of public (local, state, federal), private, corporate, foundation, non-profit, volunteer, educational and other organizations providing funding, services, and programs to address the needs of women. The office assists in evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of such programs, and assists in drafting plans to maximize that use of such funds and program/service outcomes. Additionally, the office develops and administers several statewide programs designed to meet the health, education, social, and employment needs of women. These programs address the issued of teen pregnancy, family violence, displaced homemakers, and job training.
The Office of Women's Services has five programs: Administrative, Training, Displaced Homemakers, Family Violence, and Teen Parent.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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