DHS

State Capitol
8:21 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oklahoma's Dept. Of Human Services Needs $33 Million This Year

Oklahoma DHS Director Ed Lake
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services

The director of Oklahoma's Department of Human Services is asking lawmakers to appropriate almost $33 million in state tax dollars to operate the agency through the end of June.

DHS director Ed Lake will discuss the supplemental funding request on Monday at a meeting of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services.

In a letter to state officials, Lake says the agency has encountered several funding problems since the 2013 legislative session, when lawmakers approved the agency's budget for the fiscal that ends June 30.

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Boy's Sister Made Complaint To Governor
6:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

DHS Firing Two Employees Over Disabled Youth's Death

Credit Department of Human Services

Oklahoma's Department of Human Services says it's firing two employees over their mishandling of a case involving a disabled 15-year-old boy who died of pneumonia last year after suffering alleged neglect and abuse at his father's home.

Quinten Wood died Jan. 4, 2013.

The state agency also said Monday that an internal investigation into Woods' case has prompted an overhaul of how it improves child protection — particularly when DHS becomes involved in cases with children who have mental and developmental disabilities.

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Special Needs Teen Died From Abuse
6:18 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Oklahoma's DHS Under Fire Again

Credit Department of Human Services

A woman who says her special needs brother died from abuse is calling for an investigation into Oklahoma's child welfare services.

Valerie Wood-Harber presented an electronic petition with 460,000 signatures to Gov. Mary Fallin's office Tuesday. Wood-Harber is calling for an investigation into the agency after she made 22 unanswered calls in a span of weeks to report alleged abuse of her brother. Fifteen-year-old Quinten Wood later died of pneumonia.

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Human Services Hearing
6:20 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

New Policies And Programs Not The Answer For Families In Crisis

Credit Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Divorce and the effect it has on state government spending in Oklahoma, including welfare programs, is not something that can be improved with new policies or programs. That's according to Marriage and Religion Research Institute Director Patrick Fagan and Jim Struby, director of Adult and Family Services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Both spoke during a Human Services hearing on Thursday at the State Capitol.

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DHS
12:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Oklahoma DHS Officials Investigating Increase In Kids Under Care

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services / Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services

Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials say they're trying to determine why the number of children in state custody has increased sharply during the past 14 months.

DHS records show the number of children under the agency's care rose from 9,132 in July 2012 to 10,487 on Sept. 1 — an increase of 14 percent.

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3:08 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Waiting List for Helping Developmentally Disabled Is Nearly a Decade Long

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The waiting list for Oklahomans seeking state-paid care for developmental disabilities has jumped to more than 7,000, and some families have been on that list for nearly a decade.
The number of people on the list has risen by 24 percent since 2010, when Oklahoma had the third largest waiting list for such services in the nation, according to a University of Minnesota study. Just under half the applicants are children; most are from low-income families.