LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services is closing offices in four counties across the state by the end of 2020.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the department issued a news release Monday announcing its plans to shut down offices in DeWitt, Clarendon, Booneville and Osceola.
The department stated that it will also launch an application processing center in Osceola by June 2021. The center will employ about 50 people using positions that will be shifted from other areas of the state.
It also noted the planned changes come after the department studied how its 85 county offices could be better located around the recipients of programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and subsidized childcare. The county offices authorize and process applications for the programs.