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  • Oklahoma lawmakers pass DHS reform bill

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    A bill drafted in response to a Midwest City student with severe disabilities who died after DHS workers failed to respond appropriately to repeated allegations of abuse and neglect sailed through the Oklahoma state Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday.

  • Oklahoma DHS fires child welfare supervisor facing felony charge

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Supervisor Paul Kim Myers is already facing felony charge after police investigation of boy’s death

  • Too many children going into Oklahoma DHS custody, director says

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    DHS had 11,434 children in its custody Thursday.

  • Oklahoma foster mother charged with abuse after reports of monkey attacks

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Deidre Anne Matthews, 46, of Jay, Oklahoma, is charged in Delaware County District Court with three counts of child abuse by injury, child endangerment and child neglect.

  • DHS child welfare specialist fired for gross neglect in Oklahoma

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Rachel Qualls,24, of Oklahoma City, was charged March 14 with neglect of duty in the death of a special-needs teenager.

  • Oklahoma DHS worker, supervisor face criminal charges

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    An Oklahoma DHS child welfare specialist and her supervisor were charged after police investigated the death of a special needs teenager.

  • Proposed Oklahoma law addresses DHS investigations

    Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    A proposed law called the “Quinten Douglas Wood Act of 2014” would require an Oklahoma DHS investigator to make an extra effort to ensure a child’s safety when the child cannot communicate effectively because of disability.

  • Oklahoma House approves state employee pay raise bill

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill designed to grant targeted pay raises to Oklahoma’s most underpaid employees this year, with an ultimate goal of raising all state employee salaries to 90 percent of the private market within four years.

  • Oklahoma human services director seeks $33 million

    Published: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 discussed the agency’s supplemental funding request Monday at a meeting of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services. Lake says the funding problems involve salaries for child welfare specialists, rate increases for family foster care, a funding shortfall for child welfare service positions and the growth in the number of children in DHS custody. Lake says the state funding can be used to leverage about $17 million in federal funds. The chairman of the budget panel,

  • Fired DHS worker charged with embezzlement

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City woman accused of misusing DHS gas card for personal vehicles.

  • More than 125 DHS employees disciplined last year

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    DHS director says, “We do not tolerate these behaviors.”

  • Oklahoma agency to fire 2 over 15-year-old’s death

    Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — 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. The boy’s sister, Valerie Wood-Harber of Fayetteville, Ark., had complained to Gov.

  • Woman charged with child neglect after meth found in dead newborn's system

    BY MATT DINGER | Updated: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    A woman has been charged with child neglect after her son, who died shortly after birth, was found to have methamphetamine in his system.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin suggests tax cuts, agency budget reductions

    BY RANDY ELLIS | Updated: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday gave her State of the State address and called on the Oklahoma Legislature to enact an income-tax cut and recommended that lawmakers cut most state agencies' budgets.

  • Group home staffer resigns after runaway Oklahoma teen dies

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    A staffer at a Tulsa group home resigned after an 11-year-old who fled the home was killed in an auto-pedestrian collision on Interstate 44 last April, Department of Human Services documents show. Christopher Seaton and a 14-year-old resident escaped Realations Community Services of Oklahoma, 2026 W. Skelly Drive, through a hole in the fence of a neighboring business while outside with staffers and other residents on April 7, according to an investigative summary DHS recently provided to the Tulsa World. The former staffer endangered two other residents who assisted him in pursuing the wayward boys across eastbound lanes of the interstate, the investigation found. Click here to read the complete article at