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State AG on child welfare: Opioid crisis has made things worse

The House Children and Youth Committee is looking to improve child welfare across PA and they want the auditor general's help.{ }

The House Children and Youth Committee is looking to improve child welfare across Pennsylvania and they want the auditor general's help.

Eugene DePasquale briefed the committee Monday on his recent State of the Child report.

He says the system is struggling across the commonwealth with 58-thousand unanswered calls on the hotline last year.

And he says part of the problem is the opioid epidemic.

"The opioid crisis has really made things worse and that's not obviously the fault of the legislature or county agency but that's made the problem worse," DePasquale said. "It means that if we don't tackle this now, it will get dramatically worse in the couple years."

DePasquale recommends better training for CYS employees, ensuring less turnover and getting parents less addicted to drugs and opioids.


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