Reorganization Overview

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 24, 2003 - 11:21am

Update to Staff:
Friday, March 21, 2003
This week's update features Rod Moline, the Project Director for the DHSS Reorganization Project. Many of you know Dr. Rod Moline as the DHSS Home & Community Based Waiver Unit Supervisor, and he was formerly Executive Director for REACH, Inc. for 15 years.

Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual is Online

Submitted by Anonymous on March 17, 2003 - 12:48pm

The Division of Medical Assistance is pleased to announce the online availability of the Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual for Medicaid and Denali KidCare through Change #25.

The entire Medical Assistance manual has been converted to PDF. The deployment of the manual consists of one copy of the entire manual, a large document that may be slow to load in some offices. There are separate links to Parts A, B, C, D, and E. Linking of section references is a work in progress.

Note from the Director

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 17, 2003 - 10:20am

My sincere thanks to everyone who worked through the trying weather conditions last week. As Alaskans, we are certainly no strangers to adverse weather. However, the unseasonably heavy snowfall in Juneau and the destructively high winds in Anchorage and Mat-Su posed particular challenges to our staff.

I appreciate the extra effort by everyone who braved snow and high wind to report to work. Your efforts kept our operations running and our clients served.

Commissioner

Submitted by Anonymous on March 10, 2003 - 9:02am

To all DHSS Staff,

I want to begin this update by expressing my thanks to all Department staff members for their focused attention on the DHSS reorganization announced earlier this week. This is a major event for what will be a department of over 3,200 staff members after all of the transitions are completed over the course of the next 2 years. Your continued focus on this transition will ensure that we stay on target to better serve Alaskans with the best quality health and social services possible.

A Welfare-to-Work Study Finds No Harm to Children

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 7, 2003 - 10:21am

Mothers' Leaving Welfare Had No Effect on Preschoolers
Slight Improvement Seen for Young Adolescents

Mothers' transition from welfare to employment did not seem to have any negative effects on preschoolers or young adolescents, according to a study by researchers at Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, and Boston College.

Reorganization Update

Submitted by Anonymous on March 5, 2003 - 12:38pm

From: Jim Dalman, Acting Director
We all read yesterday's announcement by Commissioner Gilbertson concerning the major reorganization plan for our Department. Obviously, there are dramatic changes in store as the administration seeks ways to more efficiently deliver services. The part of the plan that has raised the most questions for Division of Public Assistance staff is the movement of the Adult Public Assistance Program to Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.

Commissioner

Submitted by Anonymous on March 4, 2003 - 1:52pm

Below is the news release we are issuing during today's News Conference at 11:30 am. I want to be sure that you hear the news first. I have also attached a chart [PDF] which shows the new organizational structure, to help you determine
internal movements within the Department.