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OKG Newsletter

Topic: Department of Human Services

State offers cooling relief for needy

Low-income residents can take advantage of $22 million program


Alex Ewald
Low-income households in Oklahoma can apply for summer cooling-system funds of at least $200 starting July 11, by which the state’s dog days of summer will be well under way.
Monday, June 27, 2011

What's a few thousand between friends?

A pretty big damn deal, apparently.


Gazette staff
Tec-An, an Oklahoma company that had been helping Department of Human Services collect child support payments from one of the business’s employees, misplaced a decimal point, turning what was supposed to be a $92 payment to DHS to a $9,200 payment, according to a story from KFOR.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Human network

Modern-day slaves are trafficked through Oklahoma, but one coalition is trying to raise awareness with a rally.


C.G. Niebank
Although the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was supposed to abolish slavery in the United States 146 years ago, a coalition of law enforcement agencies and social service groups has scheduled a rally Saturday in Bricktown to draw attention to the continued existence of human trafficking, both nationwide and in Oklahoma.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Drug-testing for dollars

A flurry of legislative proposals requires drug screening for public assistance.


Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a number of bills this session to require drug-testing for applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Drug testing no answer

Letters to the Editor

Kevin Burns
Trust me: I know it feels good to take the stand that we don’t want our welfare dollars going to drug addicts. I still believe that, but I also used to think that universal drug testing to make that stand was the answer.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The tipping point for families


Howard Hendrick
The world has watched how Greece’s debt and financial woes have crippled Greece, the European markets and nearly brought down the world’s financial markets. Little Greece was nearly, and may yet be, the last straw — the tipping point for a global economic disaster.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Changes at DHS threaten progress


Linda Terrell
Nearly 30 years ago, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was created as a result of a terrible exposé, “Oklahoma’s Shame,” which uncovered horrible maltreatment of Oklahoma juveniles in state custody. During that process, OICA became the voice for Oklahoma’s children, calling for specific reform and greater accountability to better protect the life of a child. Today, we continue to be that voice, leveraging our expert knowledge and relationships with policymakers to ensure policy solutions are rooted in the best interest of the child.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DHS needs meaningful oversight


Greg Treat
The presidential election has many Americans sharply divided along party lines. As Oklahomans, however, there is something on the ballot in November that should unite us regardless of political affiliation — State Question 765.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Community demands governor action over boy's death

Family collects 460,000 signatures demanding an investigation, and claims dozens of calls for help were ignored before teenager Quinten Wood's death.


Tim Farley
Mid-Del Public Schools and the state’s Department of Human Services did nothing to help 15-year-old special education student Quinten Wood escape a life of neglect and abuse, a family member charged Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014