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Department of Human Services to close its 31 offices and lay off 228 workers

Department of Human Services to close its 31 offices and lay off 228 workers

The Office of Human Services is moving ahead with its "modernization plan " to shut 31 offices statewide and cut 228 roles. Layoffs would be effective June thirty, according to Human Services Director Lillian Koller. The consolidation plan would save the estate about $8 million a year.

The plan calls for streamlining of the processing of applications and renewals for public help benefits. The operations of the 31 offices would be consolidated into 2 new offices in Honolulu and Hilo to process suitability requests. The offices would open in Honolulu and Hilo by Oct. One, the department announced.

State officers say the clamor for benefits like welfare and Medicaid has seriously increase thanks to the worldwide commercial crisis. They are saying the plan will noticeably improve client service for the most exposed youngsters and adults in Hawaii, while savings taxpayers cash.

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