Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to be restructured into two entities

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 4:56 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Governor Mike Dunleavy has announced his intention to use an Executive Order to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) into two separate departments next year.

The move, announced on Wednesday, December 16, is intended to improve efficiency and client services.

The plan’s effective date is July 1 of next year, though the process of transition will take time.

It is being designed to happen gradually and to avoid any disruption of services currently being received.

“This is going to take place over a series of time, Sylvan Robb, Assistant Commissioner of DHSS explained. “Obviously, there’s a lot of work that will be done in the lead up, starting immediately, through the effective date of July 1st. Some things may string out as we wind out contracts for as long as a couple years, and other things we’ll be able to unravel and split into the different departments over the course of just a couple months.”

More information about the Governor’s plan can be found here.

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