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Overview

The Office of Chief Counsel consists of six sections which provide extensive legal, investigative and hearing services to the Department.

The Office of Public Guardian unit is responsible for the care of incapacitated individuals who have become wards through an application process as mandated by statute.  Applications may be presented to this office by any concerned citizen but most applications are submitted by medical professionals, long term care providers, other DHS units and family members.  If the Office approves the application, the Office will petition a court for guardianship of the ward and, if appointed, may serve the guardian of the person, the estate, or both.

The Office of Appeals and Hearings conducts administrative hearings and makes the final agency decisions for the Department regarding appealed actions. A request for an administrative hearing may concern Medicaid, Maltreatment, SNAP, or a number of other agency programs.

The County Legal Operations Section provides statewide legal representation to the Department of Human Services in the areas of child welfare and adult protective services.

The Office of Employee Relations/Office of Equal Opportunity processes employee grievances, mediations, administrative review hearings, and State Employee Grievance Appeal Panel (SEGAP) hearings. This office provides technical assistance to employees regarding work related concerns.  This office also ensures compliance with federal and state civil rights/anti-discrimination laws, regulations, methods of administration, executive orders, etc., and investigates client complaints of discrimination and rude/discourteous treatment.

The General Counsel Section provides legal assistance and representation on administrative matters, litigation pertaining to delivery of services, program administration, personnel, civil rights and overpayment collections, as applicable, to all the various divisions of the Department.

The Privacy Section ensures the Agency's compliance with HIPAA and privacy laws. It is also responsible for handling subpoenas, record requests, authorizations for information, and compliance with court orders.

 

Contact Information

Office Address Phone Email
Office of Chief Counsel

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-396-6168
Fax: 501-682-8009

Email
Appeals and Hearings

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-682-8622
Fax: 501-682-6605

Email
County Legal Operations

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-320-6294 Fax: 501-682-8639

Email
Employee Relation & Equal Opportunity

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot N250
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-682-6003
Fax: 501-682-8926

Email
Privacy Section

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-396-6165 Fax: 501-683-4829

Email
General Counsel Section

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-320-6378
Fax: 501-682-8009

Email
Office of Public Guardian

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot W105
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

888-397-2430 Fax: 501-682-1483

Email

Staff

Name Title Phone Email
David Sterling Chief Counsel

501-320-6355,
Fax: 501-682-8009

Jim Brader Chief Deputy Counsel

501-682-1363,
Fax: 501-682-8009

Rich Rosen Managing Attorney, General Counsel Section

501-320-6334,
Fax: 501-682-1390

Jerald Sharum Managing Attorney, County Legal Operations

501-396-6174,
Fax: 501-682-8009

Lech Matuszewski Managing Administrative Law Judge, Appeals and Hearings

501-320-6220,
Fax: 501-682-6605

Bernard Pighee Office of Employee Relations

501-682-6003,
Fax: 501-682-8926

Kitten Dixon Office Manager, Office of Chief Counsel

501-320-6378,
Fax: 501-682-8009

Martina Smith DHS Privacy Officer

501-396-6165,
Fax: 501-682-8009

Carolyn Singleton Public Guardian for Adults

888-397-2430,
Fax: 501-682-1483

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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