DHS seeks $42M cash infusion to prevent furloughs, rate cuts

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Department of Human Services

OKLAHOMA CITY – The director of Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services says the agency could be forced to furlough workers or cut provider rates if it doesn’t receive an infusion of more than $42 million before the current fiscal year ends in June.

DHS Director Ed Lake presented his agency’s budget request to lawmakers on Monday, urging them to pass a supplemental appropriation bill after they reconvene next month.

Lake says the agency needs about $34 million to fund programs for the elderly and developmentally disabled. It also needs additional funding to cover a shortfall in adoption subsidy payments and a court-monitored plan for caring for children in DHS custody.

DHS’ current fiscal year’s budget is about $678 million.

The House is holding budget hearings on spending by the largest state agencies.