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Learn More About DHS

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is a place where we tackle big social issues with compassion, courage, respect, integrity, and action. This is not always easy, but the work we do is so important — to our neighbors and people in every community in the state. It matters because we:

  • Make sure child care centers and nursing homes are safe for everyone regardless of income.
  • Provide health care and support for eligible Arkansans of all ages and abilities. That means we infuse billions of dollars into communities when we pay local doctors, hospitals, therapists, nursing homes, and others who keep people healthy and thriving.
  • Provide a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens and for families or individuals who are facing difficult times and need a little help to get back on their feet.
  • Operate the only state-funded psychiatric nursing home for people with specialized long-term care needs, the only state-funded psychiatric hospital for people with acute behavioral health needs, and five facilities that provide ‘round-the-clock support and care for residents with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Oversee the state’s public mental health system, helping thousands of people access critical care each year.
  • Serve, protect, empower, educate, and encourage children, at-risk youth, families, adults, aging adults and seniors, and people with disabilities so they move toward a better future, and so much more.

Whether our employees are processing applications, answering phones, conducting investigations, crunching numbers, working directly with clients, supporting other staff, or being part of a team to make big policy changes, we know that we could not accomplish our mission without each and every one of them.

We are not just a government agency. We are a tight-knit community of more than 7,000 strong. We push each other to be better, to think outside the box to solve problems, and to never be OK with “good enough.” Together we improve the quality of life of all Arkansans by protecting the vulnerable, fostering independence, and promoting better health.

We do all of this work through eight divisions and seven support offices headquartered in Little Rock and in 80 offices across the state. There is at least one office in every county.

Thank you for visiting DHS online. We look forward to serving you.

We care. We act. We change lives.