Steps Forward for Child Protective Services
Thank you to Representative Kate Brophy McGee for sponsoring HB 2144, a bill to bring needed improvement to Child Protective Services. The bill passed the House Reform and Human Services Committee unanimously today. As amended, it requires DES to create a plan for an alternative, community-based approach to low-risk reports of abuse and neglect rather than a full-blown investigation. CAA fully supports planning and funding this kind of approach to help strengthen families and reduce the need for foster care. Click here to see why prevention efforts can make a huge difference for families.
HB 2144 also gives DES authority to establish new rules to change the length of time a person with a substantiated incident of abuse or neglect stays on the CPS central registry list. HB 2144 gives mandatory reporters of abuse the option of completing reports on-line and would eliminate the need for follow-up written reports.