DHS processing center in Batesville to hold grand opening

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Friday will mark the grand opening of the ACCESS Arkansas Processing Center in Batesville.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Department of Human Services Director John Selig and other state and local officials, will be on hand for the grand opening of the ACCESS Center.

The center is expected to process about 30,000 applications and renewals for public assistance each month. The agency says the workers will process applications and case changes for several public assistance programs, including ARKids First, Medicaid and SNAP, which was formerly known as the food stamp program. The new access call center will be the only one in the state.

The center will bring in around a hundred new jobs. The call center is also opening doors for individuals outside of Independence County. There are a number of new employees who have picked up and moved to Batesville just because of this job.

Jackie Arnold just moved to the area from Fayetteville, and is excited about being a part of the first staff at the new center. "It's neat to be able to get into the beginning process of this organization. So it's exciting," said Arnold.

The ceremony will take place Friday at 10am at the processing center located at 1095 White Drive in Batesville.

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