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MEDIA ADVISORY: House Oversight Committee to hear update on several issues related to DCYF
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on Oversight is scheduled to meet Thursday to hear an update on several issues besetting the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
The committee will meet
Thursday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the House Lounge
on the second floor of the State House.
DCYF has long been under the magnifying glass of the committee beginning with the investigation of the report of several fatalities of children in DCYF care. The panel is expected to hear an update from agency officials on several matters, particularly:
§ Case load numbers and number of calls to the child abuse hotline
§ The hiring process for a permanent director
§ The process to seek human and social services accreditation from the Council of Accreditation
§ The settlement agreement in the case of Andrew C. v. Raimondo, a class-action suit brought against the state on behalf of children in DCYF care alleging civil rights violations
§ Efforts to recruit and retain frontline workers to fill all available full-time positions.
The House Oversight Committee is chaired by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).
The State House remains closed to in-person testimony. The meeting will be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15, and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live streamed at http://rilegislature.gov/CapTV/Pages/default.aspx.
For more information, contact:
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
Lt. Governor's Office
Secretary of State
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