The state Department of Human Services (DHS) is eliminating 15 positions and taking other steps to try and counter short- and long-term budget deficits. DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead says in the past:
“When we just reduced costs across the board we had lots of problems poor quality, safety compliance, inability to recruit and retain staff and so with all that’s been done to improve quality, safety and patient outcomes, with really well run system today, we don’t want to return to that.”
Harpstead recently told lawmakers that a $27 million shortfall is projected for fiscal year 2021–and a $96 million shortfall for the 2022-23 biennium. Harpstead says unfilled positions, operational changes and closures are all on the table moving forward.