2023 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Senator(s) Turner-Ford, Jackson, Simmons (12th), Norwood, Jordan, Frazier, Butler (36th), Hickman, Thomas, Butler (38th), Blackmon
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-1-2, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES; TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE GOVERNING BOARD; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 43-1-2, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
43-1-2. (1) There is
created the Mississippi Department of Human Services, whose offices shall be
located in Jackson, Mississippi, and which shall be under the * * *
direction of the Governing Board of the
(2) The chief
administrative officer of the department shall be the Executive Director of
Human Services. The * * *
Governing Board shall appoint
the Executive Director of Human Services with the advice and consent of the
Senate, and he shall serve at the will and pleasure of the * * *
Governing Board, and until his successor is appointed and qualified.
The Executive Director of Human Services shall possess the following
(a) A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and ten (10) years' experience in management, public administration, finance or accounting; or
(b) A master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and five (5) years' experience in management, public administration, finance or accounting.
Those qualifications shall be certified by the State Personnel Board.
(3) * * *
The governing board of the department shall
consist of the following members: two (2) members appointed by the Governor, two
(2) members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, two (2) members appointed by the
Speaker of the House, and the Chairmen of the Appropriations Committee for the Senate
and House of Representatives. The terms of an appointment shall be for four (4)
years. The chairmanship of the * * *
governing board shall alternate for twelve-month periods between the * * * Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House,
on May 1 of each year, with the * * * Lieutenant Governor
serving as chairman beginning in even-numbered years, and the * * * Speaker of the
House serving as chairman beginning in odd-numbered years. The * * *
governing board shall meet once each quarter, or upon the call of the
chairman at such times as he deems necessary or advisable, and may make
recommendations to the Legislature pertaining to any matter within the jurisdiction
of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. * * *
(4) The Department of Human Services shall provide the services authorized by law to every individual determined to be eligible therefor, and in carrying out the purposes of the department, the executive director is authorized:
(a) To formulate the policy of the department regarding human services within the jurisdiction of the department;
(b) To adopt, modify, repeal and promulgate, after due notice and hearing, and where not otherwise prohibited by federal or state law, to make exceptions to and grant exemptions and variances from, and to enforce rules and regulations implementing or effectuating the powers and duties of the department under any and all statutes within the department's jurisdiction, all of which shall be binding upon the county departments of human services;
(c) To apply for, receive and expend any federal or state funds or contributions, gifts, devises, bequests or funds from any other source;
(d) Except as limited by Section 43-1-3, to enter into and execute contracts, grants and cooperative agreements with any federal or state agency or subdivision thereof, or any public or private institution located inside or outside the State of Mississippi, or any person, corporation or association in connection with carrying out the programs of the department; and
(e) To discharge such other duties, responsibilities and powers as are necessary to implement the programs of the department.
(5) The executive director shall establish the organizational structure of the Mississippi Department of Human Services which shall include the creation of any units necessary to implement the duties assigned to the department and consistent with specific requirements of law, including, but not limited to:
(a) Office of Family Children's Services;
(b) Office of Youth Services;
(c) Office of Economic Assistance;
(d) Office of Child Support Enforcement; or
(e) Office of Field Operations to administer any state or county level programs under the purview of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, with the exception of programs which fall under paragraphs (a) and (b) above.
(6) The Executive Director of Human Services shall appoint heads of offices, bureaus and divisions, as defined in Section 7-17-11, who shall serve at the pleasure of the executive director. The salary and compensation of such office, bureau and division heads shall be subject to the rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the State Personnel Board as created under Section 25-9-101 et seq. The executive director shall have the authority to organize offices as deemed appropriate to carry out the responsibilities of the department. The organization charts of the department shall be presented annually with the budget request of the Governor for review by the Legislature.
(7) This section shall stand
repealed on July 1, * * *
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2023.