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.


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.

Greetings to all staff

Submitted by Clay Butcher on February 26, 2003 - 10:52am

Greetings from the Director's office in Juneau.
I am honored by my recent appointment and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. I am deeply impressed by the competence and expertise I have already encountered among the staff. I hope the talents that I bring to your executive management team will add and enhance that competence. I will work diligently to create the best administrative team, increase teamwork, build on past successes and surmount regional and systemic challenges.

U.S. House Approves Stricter Welfare Rules

Submitted by Clay Butcher on February 13, 2003 - 2:11pm

Nearly identical to a plan put forth by President Bush, the GOP legislation passed by a 230-192 vote, largely along party lines. It would renew a 1996 welfare overhaul that allowed states to impose tough new rules and helped spark a massive reduction in welfare rolls.

Editor's Note: The Senate must still pass a similar bill for these rules to become law, and the President must sign it. View the full story by clicking here.