Contact Us

Office of Chief Counsel

The Office of Chief Counsel consists of six sections which provide extensive legal, investigative and hearing services to the Department.

The Office of Public Guardian unit is responsible for the care of incapacitated individuals who have become wards through an application process as mandated by statute.  Applications may be presented to this office by any concerned citizen but most applications are submitted by medical professionals, long term care providers, other DHS units and family members.  If the Office approves the application, the Office will petition a court for guardianship of the ward and, if appointed, may serve the guardian of the person, the estate, or both.

The Office of Appeals and Hearings conducts administrative hearings and makes the final agency decisions for the Department regarding appealed actions. A request for an administrative hearing may concern Medicaid, Maltreatment, SNAP, or a number of other agency programs.

The Appellate Section provides statewide legal representation to the Department of Human Services in the areas of child welfare and adult protective services.

Also provides legal assistance and representation on administrative matters, litigation pertaining to delivery of services, program administration,and overpayment collections.

The Office of Employee Relations/Office of Equal Opportunity processes employee grievances, mediations, administrative review hearings, and State Employee Grievance Appeal Panel (SEGAP) hearings. This office provides technical assistance to employees regarding work related concerns.  This office also ensures compliance with federal and state civil rights/anti-discrimination laws, regulations, methods of administration, executive orders, etc., and investigates client complaints of discrimination and rude/discourteous treatment.

The Regulatory Section provides legal assistance and representation on contracts, privacy section matters, employment law, personnel, civil rights and rules promulgation issues for the agency.

The Privacy Section ensures the Agency's compliance with HIPAA and privacy laws. It is also responsible for handling subpoenas, record requests, authorizations for information, and compliance with court orders.


Contact Information

Office Address Phone Email
Regulatory Section

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

Ph 501-682-1363

Fax: 501-682-8009

Appeals and Hearings

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

Fax: 501-682-6605

Employee Relation & Equal Opportunity

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot N250
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

Fax: 501-682-7952

Privacy Section

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S2 60
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

501-320-6475 Fax: 501-683-4829

Appellate Section

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S260
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

Fax: 501-682-8009

Office of Public Guardian

P.O. Box 1437 - Slot W105
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

888-397-2430 Fax: 501-682-1483



Name Title Phone Email
David Sterling Chief Counsel

Fax: 501-682-8009

Sarah Linam Chief Deputy Counsel - Regulatory

Fax: 501-682-8009

Rich Rosen Chief Deputy Counsel - Appellate

Fax: 501-682-1390

Anna Imbeau Managing Attorney, County Legal Operations

Fax: 501-682-8009

Ashley Vailes, Interim Managing Administrative Law Judge, Appeals and Hearings

Fax: 501-682-6605

Reginald Cleaver Office of Employee Relations

Fax: 501-682-8926

Kitten Dixon Office Manager, Office of Chief Counsel

Fax: 501-682-8009

Hudson Vanderhoff DHS Privacy Officer


Carolyn Singleton Public Guardian for Adults

Fax: 501-682-1483

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

Google Map | Contact Us