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OKG Newsletter

Topic: dhs

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

Let’s start over


Kyle D. Loveless
Please stop me if you have heard this one before: There is an allegation of abuse, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services sends in investigators, the child is placed in foster care, then after an uncertain amount of time, placed back into the same hellhole of abuse they were removed from.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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

A plan to fix DHS


Rep. Jason Nelson
Last October, House Speaker Kris Steele asked me to lead a bipartisan group of state representatives in a strategic review of the Department of Human Services, the state’s largest agency.
Wednesday, April 4, 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

Taking tests to task

Letters to the Editor

Phil Grove
Drug testing has only one real purpose: to ostracize those caught using drugs.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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