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.
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.
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 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,