DHS announces nearly $70 million in budget cuts, impacts day care subsidies and seniors

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Quick Facts:

  • Department of Human Services must operate on a balanced budget 
  • Unless a state budget is passed, the Department of Human Services must make cuts Dec. 1 
  • The cuts total about $69 million and largely impact senior and adult services, as well as daycare subsidies

Another Oklahoma Department must make cuts to several programs unless legislators can pass a budget before Dec. 1. 

The department announced the areas they would make the $69 million cuts. Oklahoma's constitution requires state departments to run on a balanced budget. 

Among the cuts, child care subsidies must take a $3 million reduction. The reduction extends a freeze already scheduled fro Dec. 1, meaning the freeze will last 7 months. DHS says the impact will pull subsidies from around 700 children. The department currently offers subsidies to 29,385 children within 17,625 families. 

Additional cuts include $4.18 million to child welfare contracts, which will reduce budgets but not make a service-level impact. 

State funding for adult In-home services will be eliminated, nixing the program to save $4.56 million. DHS provides families of 1,482 adults with disabilities receive care at home. 

An additional 1,266 adults with disabilities would see reduced services from the sheltered workshop and community integrated employment programs. These people could lose jobs, while families would have to find daily care. 

 

DHS anticipates providing agencies would have to close or limit options for other service recipients if those cuts, $1.27 million for workshops and $1.06 million in the CIE program, must take effect. 

Meal sites for seniors, and 1/3 of home delivered meal services could be cut to save $1.81 million. This would impact about 45,853 Oklahoma seniors. 

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