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responds to all media requests and inquiries through the Director of Communications, Amy Webb.

The communications office is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Media representatives with questions or requests during normal business hours should call Amy Webb at 501-682-8946. After hours, click here to send Amy Webb an email.

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Fast Facts

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) has more than 7,500 employees working throughout the state and in 85 county offices, making it the largest state agency. DHS serves more than 1.4 million people each year – infants, children, adults, people with disabilities and the elderly -- through one of our many public assistance programs. We also promote volunteerism, fund numerous community programs, regulate nursing homes, license daycares and find foster children permanent families. For more information about budgets and programs for each DHS division, please go to our Legislative Directory.

Our History

The Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, the forerunner of this agency, was created in 1971 as part of then Gov. Dale Bumpers’ plan to reorganize and streamline the executive branch of state government. The name was changed to Department of Human Services in 1977.

Our Story in Numbers
  • 83 county offices in 75 counties
  • 1.4 million people served
  • 91,000 people, on average, received mental health and/or substance abuse treatment.
  • 776,050 people were deemed eligible for Medicaid last year.
  • 2,000 people who are blind or visually-impaired received employment preparation, independent living skills training and technology training last year.
  • 1,000 people with developmental disabilities receive care at one of five state-run human development centers.
  • 4,000 children, on average, on any given night are cared for in 1,150 foster homes.
  • 13,000 elderly people and adults with disabilities receive services through ElderChoices, IndependentChoices and Alternatives for adults with physical disabilities.
  • 1.5 million meals were delivered to the homes of elderly Arkansans.
  • 744,192 people volunteered in 2009 at hundreds of community-based organizations and state agencies.
  • 229 nursing homes are regulated.
  • 2,600 child care centers and home day cares are licensed.
  • 35,743 abuse and/or neglect cases were worked last year.


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