Friday, December 30, 2011

Maricopa County Attorney offers recommendations to reform state's Child Protective System

Dec. 30 letter to Gov. Jan Brewer lists recommendations to improve broken system

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, in a Dec. 30 letter to Governor Jan Brewer, sent recommendations for statutory organizational management and protocal reform to strengthen Arizona's protection system.

Montgomery held three public meetings with presentations from 29 professionals in the child protection system following Brewer's executive order to create a Child Safety Task Force.

In his letter to the governor, Montgomery noted significant recommendations that included the creation of a separate unit for investigating allegations of criminal abuse and neglect and the provision of additional support to the DES to permit Child Protective Services (CPS) workers the ability to focus on their duties to protect the safety of children.

Montgomery also noted the need for prevention and intervention where there is need for government intervention.

The above recommendations were provided in addition to immediate changes underway at CPS, the restructuring of the agency's hotline and the increase of CPS staff in advocacy centers throughout the state.  CPS is also creating a position for an investigative specialist to provide expertise in criminal allegations.

Montgomery wrote, "We recognize this is only a beginning and that the challenge of implementing these recommendations will require a continued effort on our part, a partnership with the Legislature and involvement from fellow stakeholders in the Child Protective System."

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the last paragraph in the story. -- Mike Durham