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DHS survey shows 'relatively stable' student mental health increases in last two years

| Oct 18, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released the bi-annual Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey detailing comprehensive mental health, substance use, and COVID-19 impact data among Utah students.  The survey found that behavioral and mental health remained “relatively stable” in several metrics in 2021, even with the...[ Read More ]

Utah DOH and DHS release organizational structure draft for merger

| Jul 23, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) released a draft of their new Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) organizational chart last week, marking a “critical milestone” into the new department’s implementation.      The new organization is broken up into three main branches:...[ Read More ]

DOH and DHS present merger update to legislature

| May 18, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) gave an update on the merging of the two departments to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee today in their first meeting since the end of session.     Richard Saunders, executive director of DOH...[ Read More ]

Health funding in Colorado's pending FY 2021-2022 budget

| May 4, 2021 | Colorado

The $34.1 billion Colorado state budget -- or “Long Bill” -- for FY 2021-2022 currently awaits a signature from Gov. Jared Polis after passing both chambers of the Legislature last week. As Colorado waits to see if Polis will make changes or sign the bill in its current state, here...[ Read More ]

Auditor’s report says California health departments "high risk"

Madeline Shannon | Feb 13, 2020 | California

A report from the State Auditor Elaine Howell released last month found several troubling issues in various health departments throughout the state. The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Department of Health Care Services (DHS) and the California Department of Public Health (DPH) were all identified as high-risk...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: QUEST Integration RFP, Scott Miscovich, Workforce study

| Sep 5, 2019 | Hawaii

It seems like a long ways away, and it is... But, we are starting to gear up for our 2020 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on January 14, 2020. Our Convening Panel will be gathering to talk through the most relevant and most important topics to tee...[ Read More ]