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Head of Human Services department steps down

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:34 p.m. HST, Feb 07, 2014

The head of the state Department of Human Services, Patricia McManaman, has stepped down due to personal reasons, it was announced this afternoon.

McManaman is credited with developing a new online eligibility system for MedQUEST and reducing the mandatory waiting period for public benefits from 21 days to seven days, according to a press release on her departure.

McManaman had been with the administration of Gov. Neil Abercrombie since 2010.

"The Department of Human Services exists to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and needy in our communities," McManaman said in a statement. "I have worked alongside dedicated people in the department who truly believe in the work of helping others. I am extremely humbled and grateful to have served with them and know there will be a seamless transition to continue the work started under this Administration."

Deputy Director Barbara Yamashita has been named as acting director. 

McManaman practiced law in Hawaii for more than 30 years, holding a variety of public interest legal positions prior to being name DHS director. In addition, she also served as a per diem judge in District and Family Court for 17 years.

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twitter6 wrote:
Abercrombie keeps losing his staff. Common denominator is Abercrombie. Get a new Gov and people will stay.
on February 7,2014 | 01:21PM
kennysmith wrote:
what took her so long to get out of the office she didn't do much to help the homeless there.
on February 7,2014 | 01:55PM
Skyler wrote:
At least she helped reduce wait time from 3 weeks to 1 week for MedQuest. That probably did more to help the homeless than you have in your lifetime.
on February 7,2014 | 02:02PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Neil WD40 Abercrombie needs to keep those swinging doors well oiled. Another one bites the dust.
on February 7,2014 | 01:40PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Speaking of well-oiled, how's your Friday goin'?
on February 7,2014 | 01:49PM
false wrote:
Good riddance. Anyone in charge who pushed for only a seven day waiting period needs to quit. No wonder Hawaii now attracts so many mainland vagrants and bums. I think the local public is fed up with those who don't want to work and expect a handout at the same time. That applies those do-gooders such as Ms McManaman who are so lenient with our tax dollars.
on February 7,2014 | 02:02PM
OldDiver wrote:
You are mistaking the State Social Service department for an insurance company. Social Services has a duty to help qualified applicants while insurance companies exist to keep qualified members from receiving benefits in the name of profits.
on February 7,2014 | 02:35PM
bigd wrote:
This lady was a disgrace to the Administration, should have been gone long ago. Extremely rude with a huge ego. I had the displeasure of seeing her at a few of the Health Connector board meetings where she did everything in her power to undermine the organization while the weaker board members watched. How Abercrombie allowed her to stay as long as she did is the real mystery.
on February 7,2014 | 02:03PM
OldDiver wrote:
Cabinet members are highly qualified under paid public servants who must deal with a handful low information citizenry. Apparently you are one of them.
on February 7,2014 | 02:32PM
agile wrote:
How many times have we heard of a public official stepping down "for personal reasons"? What's the real story behind this one?
on February 7,2014 | 02:19PM
honmani2 wrote:
It's personal.
on February 7,2014 | 02:49PM
Anonymous wrote:
She qualified for her "HighThree"
on February 7,2014 | 02:54PM
control wrote:
All the rats are leaving the sinking ship, maybe it's the writing on the wall?
on February 7,2014 | 03:06PM
iwanaknow wrote:
You get what you pay for..............................her salary should have been 10x's what she was getting. Let the circus begin?
on February 7,2014 | 03:58PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
Governor Abercrombie has drawn an incredibly talented team in to his Administration. Pat McManaman is an example of that. She will be sorely missed.
on February 7,2014 | 06:03PM
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