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Posted on: June 10, 2019

County aligns health and human services into one department

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Coconino County will merge the Public Health Services District, Community Services and the Career Center into the Health and Human Services department. The new department will integrate the name, logo and branding alignment on July 1, 2019.

The three departments began planning the service alignment in January 2019 under the leadership of the Director of Special Initiatives Kim Musselman. The department integration will improve service connections, simplify intake processes and improve service accessibility.

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, we’re very excited to align our health and human services into new and unified department,” said District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta. “As a county, we are committed to meet the needs of our constituents and to find innovative ways of maintaining a high-level of service. We’re very confident that combining these services into one department will improve access to these vital services.”

A national recruitment for a director of the new Health and Human Services department is underway and expected to be completed in fall 2019. The individual will lead staff through this transition, enhance community collaborations, explore service delivery efficiencies and support the County’s mission, vision and priorities.

“These three teams have a long history of collaboration and providing excellent services to our customers,” said Deputy County Manager Dr. Marie Peoples. “Further empowering the teams through this realignment will foster innovation to improve service delivery. Integration will also provide natural linkages that benefit community members and staff by strengthening connections between programs.”

Reconfiguration of existing County buildings to support the new service design is also being planned to improve communications, technology and building configuration. The administrative home of the Health and Human Services department will be located at 2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff. The Northern Region Office is located at 467 Vista Ave., Page.

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