Oklahoma Department of Human Services making changes to adjust to budget cuts

Oklahoma DHS looking at budget cuts in 2021

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says it’s making some major changes to deal with a four percent budget cut for 2021.

The state is expecting a major budget shortfall because of the economic fallout from the Pandemic.

Each agency is expecting up to four percent cuts from what the state allocates, which will be roughly a $28 million for DHS.

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Back in March, FOX23 told you how different DHS departments were changing to remote work to keep getting work done during the shut down.

Since then DHS says it’s learned a lot about how it can change the way it does things.

It will close down the county DHS office locations in 35 counties.

Eleven of them are in the FOX23 viewing area: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Mayes, Nowata, Okfuskee, Osage and Pawnee.

DHS says it could potentially help them make things easier on people in more rural communities.

It wants to use community partnerships to create places to meet in every community, not just where the DHS offices were in the county seat.

Closing the buildings is expected to save about $6 million.

To find out what services you might qualify for: https://www.okdhslive.org/