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Mental Health Month Perspectives

Posted Date: 05/30/2017
By: Marsha Smith and Dalinda Green, Licensed Social Workers at Arkansas Health Center

As part of National Mental Health Awareness Month observed each year in May, DHS employees who work with people who have mental health issues were asked to share their stories. 

By Marsha Smith, LSW, Arkansas Health Center

Although planning to teach
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Reunification: Bringing Your Children Home from Foster Care

Posted Date: 06/08/2017
By: Beki Dunagan, DCFS Assistant Director

June is National Reunification Month. As part of our focus on reunifying families when safe and appropriate, we thought we would offer some insight into what reunification really means and address some common questions people may have about how reunification occurs and why
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A New Normal: Jesse and Krystal’s Story

Posted Date: 06/16/2017
By: Keith Metz, DCFS Communications Specialist

This is the second in our series of reunification success stories during National Reunification Month, shared by Carlos Torres in Crawford County. While last week’s story featured a single mother fighting against her own demons to achieve reunification with her daughter, this story centers on one
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Love, Comfort, Safety and Support: National Reunification Month Wrap-up

Posted Date: 07/06/2017
By: Keith Metz, DHS Communications Specialist

Over the past few weeks, we have been sharing reunification success stories from across the state. We learned about Rosie and the redemptive power of a strong, positive support system. We heard from Jesse and Krystal and witnessed their willingness to focus on their
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Nolte family is grateful for ‘Early Intervention’

Posted Date: 08/02/2017
By: By Christi Nolte, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (Family Support Unit), Pulaski South Office

As a mom, wife, and Department of Human Services (DHS) staff member, I’ve personally experienced the worth and innovative services of Early Intervention.

My name is Christi Nolte. I’m based in the Pulaski South Office, within the Division of Child Care and
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Learning at any age is important

Posted Date: 08/29/2017
By: By James Washington Division of Youth Services Public School Program Coordinator

Education is a continual process.     

Every moment, every situation provides an opportunity to learn something new. A person’s willingness to learn at any age does a lot to upgrade their standard of life.

I can personally attest to
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What Is FASD and Why Is It Important to the Department of Human Services?

Posted Date: 09/13/2017
By: Paula Mainard, BSW, FASD Program Coordinator

FASD is an acronym for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and is the number one cause of intellectual developmental disabilities in the United States[i].

Bet that got your attention.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that
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Posted Date: 09/15/2017
By: Dianna Varady

In January Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly took steps to fund 500 new slots for the Alternative Community Services (ACS) Medicaid Waiver (aka the DD waiver, and soon to be known as the Community and Employment Support waiver), which will allow 500 individuals with developmental disabilities to move
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Lane eager to help solve opioid epidemic

Posted Date: 11/03/2017
By: Kirk Lane

My name is Kirk Lane.  I’m a product of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy.

I’ll be frank – the task of undermining the opioid epidemic is vast.

Similar to many regions of the
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