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Beebe to Split Health, Human Services Departments by July 1

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two years after DHHS got its second 'H,' it will lose it.  The state Department of Human Services, widely known as DHS, became the Dept. of Health and Human Services, or DHHS, in 2005 under legislation sought by then-Governor Mike Huckabee.

Yesterday, Governor Beebe signed an executive order that will separate the two agencies into the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of Human Services on July 1.

Beebe says both departments are stronger for having worked together, but that "it makes the most sense to separate the two."

In 2005, the departments were merged because of health problems within the Health Department.

Beebe says he's now confident that the Health Department is on the right track.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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