Department of Human Services Budget Hearing

 

During questioning on the Department of Human Services’ budget with Secretary Ted Dallas, Senator Lisa Baker expressed concerns about the governor’s vetoing of funding for critical access hospitals and urged funds to be released based the health, safety and public welfare of members of those hospitals’ communities. She also asked for details on how the governor’s executive order increasing the minimum wage for employees at companies with state contracts would impact annual state costs for the department and how many contractors are affected. She also raised concerns about the behavioral health specialist license and problems in attaining that license and the impact it’s having on mental health organizations.