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DePasquale reveals recommendations to better CYS system

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released his action plan following his State of the Child Report that found CYS system is broken.(AP photo)

HARRISBURG,Pa. - Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released his action plan following his State of the Child Report that found CYS system is broken.

“As promised, I have created a plan for the governor, the legislature, the Department of Human Services, county leaders and others to follow to improve the environment for CYS caseworkers, who are on the front lines of making sure at-risk children are safe,” DePasquale said.

“Especially given the family-shattering effects of the opioid epidemic, the time to intervene on behalf of these children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect is now.”

In his 43-page action plan, DePasquale laid out 28 recommendations. Five of those recommendations have the greatest impact:

• Where possible, the Department of Human Services’ Office of Children, Youth and Families should reduce unnecessary mandated data that must be entered for each case. (Recommendation 11, page 19)

• The Office of Children, Youth and Families should continue changes to the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) which prevent incomplete forms from being submitted to ChildLine. (Recommendation 13, page 21)

• The General Assembly should increase funding to provide adequate resources for proven preventive and diversionary programs that help strengthen families and prevent children from formally entering the CYS and juvenile justice systems. (Recommendation 3, page 9)

• County CYS agencies should improve partnerships with children’s advocacy centers and child-abuse medical experts. (Recommendation 19, page 28)

• Third-party, private providers should adapt the services they provide as needed to address the changing needs of at-risk families. (Recommendation 27, page 33)

For the full report, click here.

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