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Office of Chief Counsel

Office of Chief Counsel

Meet the DHS Chief Counsel

Sarah Linam

Sarah Linam serves as the Chief Counsel for the Department of Human Services.  In this role, she oversees legal operations in the Office of Chief Counsel, including agency litigation, regulatory and compliance, as well as county legal operations. Sarah earned a Juris Doctorate from William H. Bowen School of Law. 

In 2017, she joined DHS as the managing attorney over contracts and procurement. Shortly thereafter, she became the Chief Procurement Officer at DHS.  After leaving for a short time to work at the Department of Education, she returned to DHS in early 2020 to take on the role of Deputy Chief Counsel. Prior to coming to DHS in 2017, Sarah spent 8 years as a legislative attorney at the Bureau of Legislative Research. She is passionate about the mission of DHS and works every day to improve the quality of life of all Arkansans by providing support and guidance to all DHS Divisions. Sarah is a native Oregonian, but has called Arkansas home since 2001. 

Office Overview

The Office of Chief Counsel consists of five 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 Appellate Section provides statewide legal representation to the Department of Human Services in the areas of child welfare and adult protective services.

Also provides legal assistance and representation on administrative matters, litigation pertaining to delivery of services, program administration, and overpayment collections.

The Regulatory Section provides legal assistance and representation on contracts, privacy section matters, employment law, personnel, civil rights and rules promulgation issues for the agency.

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.

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

Contact Information

Regulatory SectionP.O. Box 1437 – Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Fax: 501-682-8009
Appeals and HearingsP.O. Box 1437 – Slot S101
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Fax: 501-682-6605
County Legal OperationsP.O. Box 1437 – Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Fax: 501-682-8639
Privacy SectionP.O. Box 1437 – Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Fax: 501-683-4829
Appellate SectionP.O. Box 1437 – Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Fax: 501-682-6720
Office of Public GuardianP.O. Box 1437 – Slot W105
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Fax: 501-682-1483


Sarah LinamChief Counsel501-682-1363,
Fax: 501-682-8009
Brett HaysChief Deputy Counsel – Regulatory, Security and Compliance501-396-6456,
Fax: 501-682-8009
Rich RosenChief Deputy Counsel – Appellate501-320-6334,
Fax: 501-682-1390
Sarah RossDeputy Counsel – County Legal Operations501-396-6183,
Fax: 501-682-8009
Sommer FaulkenberryChief Administrative Law Judge, Appeals and Hearings501-682-8622,
Fax: 501-682-6605
Kitten DixonOffice Manager, Office of Chief Counsel501-320-6378,
Fax: 501-682-8009
Jennifer HollandDHS Privacy Officer501-320-6560
Carolyn SingletonPublic Guardian for Adults888-397-2430,
Fax: 501-682-1483

OCC Documents & Forms

DocumentsDoc TypeDate
Application for Public GuardianPDF09/22/2020
Adoption Information SheetPDF09/20/2011