Critics raise concerns about confining kids alone at juvenile facilities. Part two of a two-part series.
Critics raise concerns about confining kids alone at juvenile facilities. Part one of a two-part series.
On Thursday, Arkansas Department of Human Services Director Cindy Gillespie announced an internal reorganization of the DHS that will shift 171 employees to a newly created division, impact more than 40 DHS contracts and streamline the agency’s oversight of thousands of Medicaid providers across the state.
Online requests for birth and death certificates estimated to take 75 to 90 days.
On Monday, Governor Hutchinson announced seven juvenile treatment and correctional facilities taken over by the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Jan. 1 will be placed back in private control as soon as next July. By the end of the year, the governor said, the state will issue a solicitation for one or more contractors to operate the youth lockups, with the winner or winners likely to be announced in March.
After a surprise takeover last year, the state will remain in control of juvenile facilities for at least another year, DYS says.