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.
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.
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.
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.
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.