Arkansas judge orders state to end care-hours setup, sets hearing on whether to hold DHS in contempt

In a ruling on May 14, Griffen agreed with Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas that the department failed to give adequate public notice before it began using the algorithm, which resulted in reductions in hours for many participants.

News Story (Arkansas)

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 22, 2018

Tags: Algorithm, Disability Rights, Medicaid

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)


Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen also ordered attorneys for the department to explain at a hearing on Wednesday why the department should not be held in contempt of court for violating Griffen’s order last week that barred it from using the algorithm until it had properly adopted a rule governing its use.

The Human Services Department has used the algorithm since 2016 to award hours of help with daily living tasks, such as dressing and bathing, to participants in the ARChoices program, which serves about 8,800 people.