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Local & Regional
12:27 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Ex-Tennessee Official Accepts Oklahoma DHS Post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A retired Tennessee human services official has accepted the job of director of the embattled Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

DHS announced Monday that Edward Lake of Hendersonville, Tenn., has agreed to take the job that was offered to him last Wednesday.

Lake will start on Nov. 1 at an annual salary of $185,000.

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Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sat August 18, 2012

2 Appointed to Oklahoma Human Services Board

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has appointed two Edmond residents to the Oklahoma Commission for Human for Human Services board that oversees the state's Department of Human Services.

Fallin announced Friday the appointments of Pam Kanaly and Karen Waddell.

Kanaly is president and co-founder of an organization that works with families and to support single mothers. Waddell is president of a company that works with at-risk children.

Local & Regional
6:59 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Family Members urge DHS Panel not to Close Center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The possibility of closing a facility in Pauls Valley that houses some of Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents is drawing impassioned pleas from some family members of the more than 120 people who live there.

Several family members spoke out Tuesday during a regular meeting of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services.

The commission is considering whether to consolidate the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.

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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Tue July 24, 2012

DHS Commission to Discuss Center Closing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The possibility of closing a facility in Pauls Valley that houses some of Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents will be discussed during a regular meeting of the panel that oversees the Department of Human Services.

The Commission for Human Services will meet Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

The commission is expected to receive comments from groups that represent residents of both the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.

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Local & Regional
7:09 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Child Welfare Details

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has released its revisions to a plan to improve child welfare services.

The revisions to the so-called Pinnacle Plan released yesterday include placing all children younger than 2 in a family-like setting rather than a group shelter by December 31st.

The plan is part of a January settlement agreement with the New York-based children's advocacy group Children's Rights.

Local & Regional
7:49 am
Thu May 31, 2012

2 DHS Commissioners Resign from Posts

Steven Dow
Tulsa-CAP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the commission that oversees the Oklahoma Department of Human Services have resigned from their posts.

Gov. Mary Fallin said she accepted the resignations Wednesday of Commissioners Steven Dow and Anne Roberts, both of whom were appointed by Fallin's predecessor Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Governor signs Oklahoma Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Certain Oklahoma welfare recipients could be subjected to drug tests under a bill signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.

The bill was one of a dozen measures Fallin signed late Wednesday.

The measure authorizes the Department of Human Services to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is using drugs. The proposed law applies to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, which serves more than 20,000 Oklahomans each month.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Tue May 15, 2012

State Lawmakers Propose Overhaul of Oklahoma DHS

House Speaker Kris Steele
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are proposing a major overhaul of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that includes abolishing the agency's current governing board and replacing it with four separate advisory panels, each charged with overseeing a different agency division.

House Speaker Kris Steele unveiled the proposals on Monday with members of a House working group that has been studying the agency since the state settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit over how Oklahoma cares for vulnerable children.

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Local & Regional
8:58 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Fired Oklahoma child welfare worker charged with theft

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fired Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare worker has been charged with stealing nearly $3,700 from three disabled foster children.

Three felony counts of financial exploitation of a disabled child were filed Monday against 38-year-old Michelle Fausett of Oklahoma City.

A working telephone number for Fausett could not be located Saturday. Online court records show a warrant has been issued for her arrest — but do not list an attorney for her and county jail records do not list her as an inmate.

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