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State Officials to Discuss Merger of DHS and Health Department Today

APRIL 28, 2005 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas State Board of Health is expected to discuss the merger of the state Department of Health and the state Department of Human Services at its quarterly board meeting today.  The Legislature approved the merger this month of the 8,000-employee Health Department and the 2,000-employee Human Services Department.

Representative Doug Matayo of Springdale, who sponsored the legislation, has said the merger should save the state $2.5 million immediately in administrative costs.  Officials have said completely merging the two agencies will take several years.  No immediate wholesale staffing cuts are planned.

Governor Huckabee has long advocated the move as a way to save money and make the most of the state's resources.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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