DHS statement on FY2018 Appropriations, Potential Budget Cuts
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services learned the agency will receive an appropriation of nearly $700 million for the state fiscal year 2018 which is $33 million short of its current budget obligations.
“We will be evaluating our options as well as priorities for the next year, preparing to make some very difficult decisions,” said DHS Director Ed Lake. “We certainly appreciate that this appropriation is higher than what we were given last year considering the state’s fiscal circumstances. However, after several years of making reductions to meet the demands of new, unfunded costs, revenue failures, and losses of federal funding, we are not going to be able to balance our budget without significant consequences to services and our ability to administer them effectively.”