State agencies face possible loss of $37 million in federal money

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two state agencies likely soon will lose $37 million in federal money, which officials say will result in fewer child welfare services and less assistance for Oklahomans who are developmentally disabled.

The cuts will affect the state Department of Human Service and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the cuts are a result of a federal deficit-reduction law passed in 2005.

Congress passed an emergency rule change to Medicaid policy in December that prohibits state employees from being paid with federal Medicaid dollars because they are performing state-level functions.

As a result, DHS will lose about $34 million that has gone toward child welfare and developmental disability services.

DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell says the agency's director, Howard Hendrick, plans to write a letter to protest the Medicaid rule change.

Meanwhile, OJA will lose about $3 million it has used to supplement case management of juvenile offenders.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jess on Feb 20, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    Gorilla, I couldn't agree more. We have poverty, homeless, hungry, etc, here in the U.S. We need to help our own first before we even THINK about other countries. I forgot how much money was said that is going to the African Nations, but isn't around the same??? Am I the only one who see's a problem with this???
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    home school mom get off welfare and get off your lazy butt and get a job.your kids need a real teacher and a real scool to go to .they need to be taught the right way
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Feb 19, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    Stop giving money to illegal immigrants. Cut prison spending. Stop funding Katrina deadbeats. There's a few billion right there.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:29 PM
    HS Mom...Get real. Anyone can report anything to CPS/DHS. By law, these agencies are obligated to investigate these reports. More often than not, no further action is taken after the initial investigation is completed, because it has been determined the child isn't in danger. I assume this is what occurred in your case. CPS investigated the complaint, determined the facts, and you still have your kids. Perhaps your bitterness should be directed toward those who made the complaint, not those who were required to investigate it. Re: your G'mother story, you have absolutely no way of KNOWING that an investigation was not conducted. Re: your 9-yr old son story...if a child has been removed from the home for more than a year, you can bet it involved alot more than just one smack on the backside. This would require examination of evidence by a Court, and the Court makes the determination of custody, not CPS. Maybe your friend hasn't told you the entire story.
  • by Homeschool Mom on Feb 18, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    My kids are not in custody, never have been. But I have a close friend whose 9-year-old son was taken away from her for more than a year because his dad smacked him once across the backside (with his hand) as punishment for spitting in his teacher's face. Another friend was reported to CPS by someone who said there was no food in the house and the kids were starving and living in filth... when her house was clean and the kitchen cabinets were full of food. I had someone call Child Protective Services on me once (and I was investigated) for neglect because my kids were playing outside in my own front yard, and I'd gone inside for a minute to answer the phone (my kids were 5 and 7 at the time). So yes, I'm bitter! I knew a woman who would beat her grandkids in public and she was reported to CPS, and they never investigated her at all. Doesn't seem very fair to me.
  • by Here we go again. on Feb 18, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    I have seen how (some) of the DHS people are and how they work. They need to look there and reform how things are done, Then from there they if then they need to make cuts. I mean how many time's does a small child need to be taken away from a home and sent somewhere eles just to be returned and put throught he same thing again. My ex-wife has had the chrildern taked away twice I was ableto get custidy if my son and get him in a safe place. Now his brother and sister have been removed again this makes the 2nd time and ther were in no better then when they were returned. I agree that the money does not need to be taken away, BUT the rules need to be looked into so that was the money can be used better.
  • by Britney Location: La on Feb 18, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    Wow, homeschool mom! Are you bitter or what? So, how long have your kids been in custody? Geez, get a grip...Peek out into the sunshine, the world is a beautiful place.
  • by 400 lb Gorilla Location: Sherman on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:19 PM
    It's the Fed that's cutting the funding. And instead of using the money where it's desparately need (childrens services for example), they're sending millions to African nations to help them out. Go figure. You want change? Get involved. Do your research. Then vote!
  • by Wondering Location: Oklahoma on Feb 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    WEll Michelle if you would read it doesn't talk about welfare it says child welfare.. Do you not know the diffrence?Maybe you should get a job or a degree
  • by Homeschool Mom on Feb 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    Maybe they should stop spending so much money taking children out of homes based on the false accusations of others. Or better yet, maybe they can make up the difference by fining people for making false reports of child abuse to DHS.
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