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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Hawai‘i’s Medicaid Director Leads on National Stage HONOLULU, HI – Hawai‘i’s Med-QUEST Director Dr. Judy Mohr Peterson was named president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) board of directors last week. Dr. Mohr Peterson was elected to this leadership role by her fellow Medicaid directors from across ...
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Thank you Chair Green, Vice Chair Chang, Chair Tokuda, Senator Wakai, and Senator Harimoto for this opportunity to testify in support of my nomination for the Director of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS).  I am overwhelmed by this outpouring of aloha, love, and support for me.  I am very thankful to Governor Ige for ...
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Strategic Intention: Talking the Talk

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Main, News

Talking the Talk: Messaging ‘Ohana Nui Our ‘Ohana Nui initiative is based on the national framework and principles of 2Gen, which was developed by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Because DHS is leading the State of Hawai‘i in applying 2Gen principles, we have significant support and resources, including access to best practices that the Aspen ...
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  Thanks to Director Pankaj Bhanot, division administrators and staff officers – collectively known as the DHS ‘Ohana Nui Advisory Group – the introduction of ‘Ohana Nui to the department is off to a great start. By now you have likely heard about ‘Ohana Nui in your division or work group, and more important, have ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 HONOLULU, HI – The Department of Human Services believes safe sleep in child care settings is a community issue and invites individuals to comment on proposed amendments to the Hawaii Administrative Rules. These proposed amendments will codify the department’s decade-long commitment to ensuring all licensed and registered child care ...
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We Want You! “We want you! We want you! We want you as a new recruit!” Often paired with a red, white, and blue graphic of Uncle Sam, this slogan from years gone by recruited volunteers for armed forces. This timeless, undeniable call to action remains relevant to us today here at the Department of ...
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DHS Celebrates Our Brightest

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Main, News

The Department of Human Services filled the Hawai‘i State Capitol Auditorium with some of its brightest stars on Friday, November 4. The annual department incentive and service awards, organized by the Personnel Office, decked the often sterile room out with flowers and stars to celebrate our DHS team. Team members who served 10, 20, 30, ...
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DHS Says No More

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Main, News

The Hawai‘i Says NO MORE campaign officially unveiled on Wednesday, November 16 at the Surfjack Hotel. NO MORE is a national public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Hawai‘i Says NO MORE is the local version of this inspiring initiative, through which we challenge the mindset and behaviors that ...
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A Footstep to Transition

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Main, News

It was a Saturday morning, and a large classroom was packed with teary-eyed people. Normally this would conjure a somber image, but, on Oct. 22, it was a vision of inspiration – of students with disabilities, their parents and caregivers, and providers inspired to grow, learn, and act together. One student who presented to the ...
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HONOLULU — State of Hawai‘i departments are coming together to increase opportunities and support for the employment of people with disabilities. The agreement was announced during a ceremony today that also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the success of employees, employers, and training programs that have brought down barriers to employment for people ...
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