Study Shows Gains for Single Moms Under Welfare Reform

Submitted by Clay Butcher on April 18, 2003 - 10:46am

A major new national study was released by the Manhattan Institute on the impact of the 1996 welfare reform law on low-income families.

The report found an astonishing 20 percent drop in the poverty rate among single mothers between 1996 and 2001 -- a decrease that the researchers credit primarily to the effect of welfare reform in moving increasing numbers of recipients into the work force.

Statewide Healthcare & Human Services Career Fair Photos

Submitted by Clay Butcher on April 16, 2003 - 9:09am

Here are pictures of the first ever Statewide Healthcare & Human Services Career Fair. This event was designed to address the near critical shortage of workers at all levels in this industry, which is one of the the fastest growing career fields in Alaska. To meet this significant economic challenge, the state collaborated with numerous organizations to create this event. There were 50+ industry representatives from around Alaska bringing career and training opportunities to our community.

Commissioner's Update - April 11, 2003

Submitted by Clay Butcher on April 14, 2003 - 9:49am

In this week's update I would like to welcome the staff from the Depts. of Administration and Education & Early Development who will be moving to DHSS as part of the reorganization. We recently started sending these updates to help our future colleagues make the transition into the Department of Health and Social Services.

Director's Message - HIPAA

Submitted by Clay Butcher on April 10, 2003 - 9:52am

The Director's office has been on the road this week. Julie Morris is hard at work getting the message out in Anchorage to field supervisors and staff regarding HIPAA, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

HIPAA Privacy Notice

Submitted by Anonymous on April 3, 2003 - 1:57pm

The federal Department of Health and Human Services passed new regulations called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) a little over a year ago. HIPAA regulations require health care organizations (both health care providers and health care payers) to comply with new standards addressing the confidentiality and security of an individual

Message from the Director

Submitted by Clay Butcher on April 3, 2003 - 12:19am

The regional managers, IT managers and chiefs had an extremely productive planning session today, April 02. The prime objective was to discuss upcoming changes and design performance measures for each unit that could be implemented as part of our focus on process improvement.