The state Department of Human Services announced today a plan to realign county offices over the next 42 months. Four offices will be closed and a processing center is to be established in the Delta to handle more online applications (hope it works better than that computerized Medicaid work rule effort).

The full details of the release are here.

The first phase is to be completed next year and provide savings and personnel shifts to staff a processing center in Osceola and expand staffs in high-client offices such as in Washington, Pulaski, Lonoke, Faulkner and Jefferson counties.

The first phase:

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  • Move three staff from a county annex office into the Baxter County office by the end of June 2020.

  • Move eight staff from a county annex office to the Sebastian County office by the end of June 2020.

  • Move all staff from the DeWitt office in Arkansas County to the Stuttgart office (also Arkansas County) and end our lease in DeWitt by the end of December 2020.

  • Move all staff from the Clarendon office in Monroe County to the Brinkley office (also Monroe County) and end our lease in Clarendon by the end of December 2020.

  • Move all staff in the Boonville office in Logan County to the Paris office (also Logan County) and/or the Booneville Human Development Center by the end of December 2020.

  • Move all staff from the Osceola office in Mississippi County to the Blytheville office (also Mississippi County) by the end of December 2020.