CRAIG CLOUD: Leaves DHS

Craig Cloud has resigned after 4.5 years as director of provider services and quality insurance at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Amy Webb of DHS said Cloud was leaving for a private sector job that would be announced next week. She provided a statement from Cindy Gillespie, director of the agency.

“During the last four and a half years, Craig has served as a key member of the DHS leadership team and worked incredibly hard to stand up our newest division. He has focused on making our operations more efficient and on ensuring there are quality-providers serving our most vulnerable populations. Though we’d love to see him continue his service here, he has a wonderful opportunity, and I wish him all the best.”

There are advocates in the health care field who don’t share that view. Cloud is, for example, one of the defendants in a lawsuit over treatment of disabled people in a program intended to provide home care that keeps them out of nursing homes.

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UPDATE: The Democrat-Gazette reports that Cloud, who regulates recipients of Medicaid money, is going to work for a recipient of Medicaid money that provides mental health and other services in Russellville. He says he’ll avoid work with DHS for a year.