New Okla. DHS Director Lays Out Plan For Future - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

New Okla. DHS Director Lays Out Plan For Future

Posted: Updated:

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's new Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake says the department has an opportunity to remake itself after years of controversy and lawsuits.

Lake laid out his plans for the department's future in a talk Monday at the Oklahoma History Center. Dozens of social workers, DHS partners and other Oklahomans attended.

Lake says the department is undergoing a massive self-examination and reorganization in the aftermath of a lawsuit over several high-profile deaths of children in state custody during the past several years.

Lake accepted the director post in November as part of the department leadership's restructuring approved by Oklahoma voters.

Lake says reorganizing efforts will focus on increasing the number of social workers and improving communication within the department and between other state agencies and private partners.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Inmate escapes from Oklahoma Reformatory in Granite

    Inmate escapes from Oklahoma Reformatory in Granite

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:03 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:03:32 GMT
    We're following a developing story Thursday morning at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Law enforcement tells us an inmate is missing.
    We're following a developing story Thursday morning at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Law enforcement tells us an inmate is missing.
  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:37:49 GMT
    Hot & Humid Today...
    Hot & Humid Today...
  • Parachutist dies in jump

    Parachutist dies in jump

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:03:13 GMT
      A tragedy in Frederick where a member of the World War II Airborne Demonstration team died during a parachute jump.
      A tragedy in Frederick where a member of the World War II Airborne Demonstration team died during a parachute jump.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.