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Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services announces program cuts

Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services announces program cuts
Posted at 5:42 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 21:15:54-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is reducing services to children, senior citizens and residents with disabilities as it deals with what its director says is $30 million in budget cuts to the agency.

DHS officials announced the cuts Tuesday.

Although the Legislature increased appropriations to the agency by $18 million over last year's spending level, Director Ed Lake says the cumulative effects of previous cuts and increasing fixed costs led to the $30 million shortfall.

Lake says a freeze on child care subsidies will eliminate assistance to about 1,000 children and their families. Also, senior citizens and adults and children with disabilities will see a reduction in the number of hours of services that they receive each week.

The agency also is reducing reimbursement rates to foster families.

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