The STAND Foundation, Inc. would like to proudly congratulate its founder, Tracy Steele, on his appointment by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the position of director for the Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency.
Steele, former executive director of the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, has served as a legislator in the House and Senate. Over his tenure in the Arkansas Legislature, he has been responsible for several key bills such as the 2006 Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act to protect workers and citizens from secondhand smoke, and Act 393 of 2009, which created a statewide emergency trauma system. Other prominent legislation provided unemployed workers quicker access to unemployment benefits, banned the sale of toy guns that are replicas of real guns, and provided more than $200,000 in scholarship support for historically black colleges and universities. Steele has championed afterschool enrichment programs, assisted-living programs and parity for children's mental health. He also established an official state holiday in honor of Daisy Gatson Bates. One of his proudest legislative achievements is the funding and completion of the State Capitol monument Testament, which is dedicated to the Little Rock Nine and the civil rights movement.
In his new role, Steele will be responsible for issuing permits of approval for nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted-living facilities, home health and hospice agencies, psychiatric residential care facilities, and intermediate care facilities for the mentally disabled.