Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intent to submit an executive reorganization
order to the Kansas Legislature creating the Kansas Department of Human Services
(KDHS). The new agency will include the current programs at the Department for Children
and Families (DCF), Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the juvenile services division of the Department
Current Secretary of DCF and KDADS, Laura Howard, will lead the new KDHS.
“I ran for office, in part, to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens were protected and that somebody in Topeka was
advocating for them,” Kelly said. “One of my key priorities since taking office has been fixing our broken safety net and
ensuring that we have a system that is worthy of our citizens. The creation of this new, combined agency reinforces my
commitment to our children and families in need and ensures they have access to critical services.
“The creation of the new agency allows us to focus on prevention, so that we can get to these families before their situation
becomes a crisis,” Kelly said. “The Department of Human Services will partner with communities across the state to create a
single point of entry for those who need access to services for things like child welfare, mental health, economic support and