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Pinnacle Plan goes to experts for final approval (access required)

The final version of the Pinnacle Plan for revamping the Department of Human Services and its commission under a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit over treatment of children in state foster care has been submitted to experts, known as co-neutrals, for review, the Oklahoma Human Services Commission was told Tuesday.

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Governor names Lane chairman of Human Services Commission (access required)

Former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane was tapped by Gov. Mary Fallin Wednesday to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Human Services Commission, succeeding Brad Yarbrough.

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Yarbrough steps down as DHS commission chairman; to remain on panel (access required)

Oklahoma City businessman Brad Yarbrough announced Tuesday that he is resigning as chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services, but will remain a member of the panel that over sees the Department of Human Services.

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House leaders reveal proposals for DHS reforms (access required)

A Department of Human Services without the commission that has been its constitutional oversight body for many decades. Four citizen advisory panels to help guide the massive welfare agency as it implements reforms mandated by a federal lawsuit settlement over alleged abuse and neglect of children in foster care. A new structure in which divisions that are in charge of …

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Foster care lawsuit settlement on way to federal judge (access required)

Now that the Commission for Human Services and Children’s Rights have agreed to changes made to a settlement agreement by the Contingency Review Board, the advocacy organization’s lawsuit challenging the treatment of children in Oklahoma’s foster care system is in the hands of U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell. The federal judge must review the amended settlement and decide whether to …

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Steele appoints House panel to develop DHS reform strategy (access required)

After a series of recent deaths of children under its custody, the Department of Human Services has been hit with stiff criticism on several fronts, including sharp words from House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “We believe that government’s primary purpose is to protect its citizens,” Steele said Wednesday. “We believe that government has a responsibility to always help and never hurt. …

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Steele to unveil strategy for addressing DHS child-death issues (access required)

House Speaker Kris Steele and lawmakers reviewing the Department of Human Services and its policies and procedures for monitoring children in state custody will reveal next week a program aimed at producing better outcomes in such cases. Officials said the strategy will focus on improving DHS by reforming its governing structure, personnel policies, allocation of resources, the overall structure of …

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Human services commission forms new committee to review policies in child death cases (access required)

Former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane will chair a new Special Review Committee of the Oklahoma Human Services Commission to determine whether investigations of deaths of children and adults in DHS custody follow agency policies, and whether those policies are adequate. The agency has come under scrutiny for child deaths, the most high-profile being that of five-year-old Serenity Deal. …

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