A consulting firm doesn’t favor splitting West Virginia health agency

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A consulting firm hired to review West Virginia’s health agency has concluded the department should not be split as lawmakers wanted.

The McChrystal Group of Alexandria, Virginia, was hired to review the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The report said the current configuration “is not an option” but that splitting the agency would “divert time, funding, and leadership’s focus away from serving West Virginians.”

The report recommended that the department should remain a single department with all efforts focused on the strategic plan to address top priorities.

The report said DHHR employees want to help improve the agency.