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2007 — Medical Eligibility Consolidates To Workforce Services

20th Anniversary of the Utah Department of Workforce Services

2007 — MEDICAL ELIGIBILITY CONSOLIDATES TO WORKFORCE SERVICES

In February 2007, the Utah State Legislature made the decision to consolidate medical eligibility into Workforce Services. Working closely with the Utah Department of Health, Workforce Services went to great efforts to ensure a seamless transition for customers. On July 1, 2007 Workforce Services became the sole agency to determine Medicaid/CHIP eligibility for Utah.


2007 AT A GLANCE:

253 employees moved from Department of Health to Workforce Services. 2.6% unemployment rate lowest in department's history. $36,510 average annual wage.
Workforce Services Senior Management Team with Governor Jon Huntsman.
Casey Cameron, Asha Parekh, Jon Pierpont and Steve Leyba at the Family Justice Center in 2007.
Kristen Cox becomes the fourth executive director of Workforce Services in March 2007. Prior to joining the department, she served as Secretary of the Department of Disabilities in Maryland.



The department celebrates its 10-year anniversary and commemorative pins are given to employees.


Faye Martell, Karla Aguirre and Carmen Bowles at Admin South.


Shirley Olsen's 30+ years retirement with Melissa Finch, Karen Daniels and Chris Love.


Melissa Finch (former regional director) hands over the reins to John Talcott.


Jon Pierpont presents the budget to the Workforce Services Council.



KEY MILESTONES:
  • Housing and Community Development celebrates the opening of Sunrise Metro permanent supportive housing and also launches a Utah customization of WebGrants I
  • Unemployment Insurance recognized for performance excellence in nonmonetary determinations by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL ETA)
  • The Adjudication Division implements a new integrated Appeals System incorporating electronic workflows, automated docketing and enhanced reporting capabilities
2008 — REFUGEE SERVICES OFFICE OPENS