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Michigan lawmakers weigh new rules for child abuse and neglect investigations

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A state House committee this week considers a package of bills meant to improve protection for neglected and abused Michigan children.

A 2018 audit found serious issues in Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services.  

Stacie Bladen is the deputy director of the MDHHS' Children's Services Agency.  She says the agency supports most of the bills.  But Bladen says they are concerned by onerequirementthat neglect and abuse investigations take place within 24 hours.

“We’re not suggesting at all that that’s not appropriate, but within 24 hours for a staff that has 12 cases, sometimes many more cases, that’s just not feasible. And we don’t think that helps us better protect children,” says Bladen.

The House Judiciary committee will review the six bill package on Tuesday.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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