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Date Posted: 06/01/2020

UPDATE: Re-alignment of DHS County Offices Announced Last Year to be Complete by End of Summer

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 202

Media Contacts: 

Amy Webb
Chief of Communications
amy.webb@dhs.arkansas.gov

Marci Manley
Deputy Chief of Communications
marci.manley@dhs.arkansas.gov

 

UPDATE: Re-alignment of DHS County Offices Announced Last Year to be Complete by End of Summer

Department will continue to have at least one county office in every county in Arkansas.

 

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) --- The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) expects to complete the re-alignment of its county offices that it announced in November 2019 by the end of August 2020. As a result, the number of county offices will be reduced by four and two leases on office annexes will end.

“For the first time in many years we reviewed the DHS footprint and how many clients we were serving in each office,” said DHS Division of County Operations Director Mary Franklin said. “We found some opportunities to rethink how we were serving clients, and these changes are a big first step toward better meeting the needs of clients.”

The following changes have or will happen:

Though four offices are closing, there is still at least one county office in each of the 75 counties in Arkansas.

The changes first announced in early November are the result of a several month review by DHS’s divisions of County Operations, Children and Family Services, Youth Services, Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Developmental Disabilities Services, Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services as well as the offices of the Secretary, Finance, Information Technology, and Procurement. The goal of the review was to ensure that the location of county offices matches where clients or potential clients are located and to ensure DHS is operating efficiently.

The office moves are expected to reduce leasing and utility costs by $246,500 a year.

At this time, all the offices mentioned above remain open and available to clients. Clients in those areas will be notified in advance of the moves and where they need to go to seek assistance once the moves happen.
 

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