(WLNS) – It all comes down to one word: efficiencies. As part of his State of the State address Governor Rick Snyder announced a plan to merge the Department of Human Services and Community Health into one department.
Now that is about to become reality. What exactly does this mean for employees?
At midnight tonight those two services will become the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, combining all services under one agency. That merger will be felt by people at home in different ways. For example, if someone comes in for food assistance that family now would also be evaluated for why they need the food and are there others areas they could use help.
The Department of Human Services didn’t name any specific cost savings but did say there aren’t any proposed cuts in workforce as a result of this merger. “This isn’t about reducing money or reducing the number of staff members at the agencies,” said Bob Wheaton of the Department of Human Services. “It’s about providing better customer services and also freeing up the existing employees the two departments have to have more time to spend on all the cases through those efficiencies”
UAW 6000 representative Ray Holman says he has concerns about those caseloads and other moves regarding the Department of Human Services.
6 News reporter Nick Perreault is working that story and he’ll have updates online and tonight on 6 News at 6.