Arizona Senate Committee Approves $6.8 Million to Hire New CPS Workers

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The Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously in favor of a proposal to spend more than $6.8 million to hire new employees at Child Protective Services.

That's not to say all the senators on the committee were eager to approve a large special fund for CPS, since some of them have voted for similar packages in the past, and in return, the public got a scandal involving thousands of uninvestigated cases.

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Republican Senator Rick Murphy said he wasn't comfortable giving "one more dime" to CPS, especially as a foster parent with firsthand experience of CPS.

He even suggested that more CPS employees weren't necessary, as he explained he thought some of the cases being investigated weren't legitimate.

However, Murphy and the other seven members of the panel all voted in favor of the legislation, Senate Bill 1224.

The budget approved by legislators last year appropriates more than $69 million in new funding for CPS this fiscal year.

SB 1224 directs about $1.1 million from the Department of Economic Security's budget for this year, plus more than $5.7 million in new spending from the state's general fund, to go toward the hiring of 192 "full-time equivalent child safety and family services positions."

New Division of Child Safety and Family Services director Charles Flanagan was on hand to assure lawmakers that there's going to be actual accountability at CPS from now on.

"It's been shocking to me, seeing things that do not follow the law or follow policy," Flanagan said.

Flanagan, who was the Department of Juvenile Corrections director, was directed by Governor Jan Brewer to head a team to process all the cases CPS had ignored using the "not investigated" label. He then accepted a position as head of the new Division of Child Safety and Family Services, after Brewer signed an executive order creating that agency, and removing CPS from the umbrella of the Department of Economic Security.

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justiceig
justiceig

DES-DCSE squandered millions in over-payments to vendors since the 1990's. And to-date there has been no criminal investigation. If Brewer needs millions for CPS, she ought to get that money from the vendors who stole the $$ and the DES managers who knowingly let it happen for years.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/

news/local_news/investigations/audit-finds-state-dept-of-child-support-enforcement-overpaid-collection-agencies-for-years

serpico1000
serpico1000

Why is this CPS problem being so Hush- Hush in the news, for most Arizona TV. stations only go around the edges in talking about a problem where 6000 child abuse reports were ignored, and as soon as this report was made everything started moving, but much too late for the problem ABOUT Children, who was minding the store, and in the case of a State problem like this isn't the Governor,first, and the legislature, second to be held accountable for this obvious Mismanagement? unless they thought no one was looking and who was going to complain? besides the legislature was too concerned about MONEY for their Budget, and having a 900 Million budget is still not enough, so their right hand did not know what the left hand was doing? what surprises me is the tightness of any report that should have been made public with everything exposed by the news on TV, but nothing and yet you see on the news Nation wide about this child that died because of negligence from certain agency who lost track of him and it made the BIG NEWS!! nation wide, this case in Arizona should have made the news Nationwide also!!!! 

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

YES! Jan Brewer's refusal to fund the department is why they had so many cases on their desk. Fire Jan Brewer!

Jeremy Paul
Jeremy Paul

We sold incest in electric chairs, and actual rehab programs

Rachel Paulena
Rachel Paulena

Shawn thanks for tagging me , i havnt seen this. And omg you have no idea what my days are like now at work, I cant get a hold of any of the workers on my caseload, their supervisors tell me they are over worked and dont have time to return emails or phone calls. While I have inside information about what the restructure is going to look like, I am still convinced this will be for the best and was the right decision by the Senate to do so, overworked, underpaid equals unsuccessful, sometimes soulless people who when in their first few months loved every ounce of their job. Changes have to be made to repair broken systems that are to far buried in holes.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Because it has to do with children, yes. But before granting them the money needed to hire trained professionals, do a complete overhaul to make sure what happened before doesn't happen again.

Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie
Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie

OF COURSE, while they're at it add funding back into our schools. Everywhere you look in AZ they are taking money away from kids!!!

Rob Zemeida
Rob Zemeida

OR, spend money on educating young people in high school, even middle school, about being a responsible adult and what it takes to raise a healthy family, etc. IMAGINE GOOD PARENTING!?!! HAHA

Rob Zemeida
Rob Zemeida

Hey Andrew Boozer, tell your mom the state is hiring! :)

Rob Zemeida
Rob Zemeida

The entire administration needs an overhaul! THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SAY NO TO THIS PROBABLY SAY YES TO THE OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY SPENT ON THE MILITARY

salmo60
salmo60

This is the same Arizona Legislature, more or less given a few of its players have moved on, that has in the past cut the budget for DES/CPS? When Brewer's budget come up for vote, some of these clowns will remember that Brewer sided with Obama on health care issues and it will be pay back time.

IMHO, the problems with CPS started when the legislature cut its budget. Case workers went from managing 40 to 50 clients to over 115 and all for a measly 33 thousand a year.

Charles Flanagan, DFSF Director and the cop, Gregory McKay, according to insiders have already begun to institute a reign of terror by telling DFSF staffers that "there will be a lot people losing there jobs". Excellent way to fix a problem by terrorizing people. Flanagan and McKay think this transition will be a quick fix. They are unaware that one state had the same issue as Arizona and it took ten years for the transition to be completed.

Good luck in a state that cares more about guns than children!

Reggievv
Reggievv

If we could get a private prison company to run foster care work houses and prisons the appropriation would be $300 million.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

While its sad for children to be taken away from their parents its also more harmful to take them away mentally!! I participated in the arizonas courts parenting program, guess what is the most devastating thing to the developing mind is? LOSS OF THE PARENTS, ONE AT A TIME, KIDS TURN OUT TO BE UNSTABLE AND TIMEBOMBS SOMETIMES AND ITS ALL THANKS TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT GET THEIR ALL TO HELPING HAND INTO THE PIES IN AMERICAN LIVES; I.E. CHILD SUPPORT, DIVORCE COURTS, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, FAMILY COURT ADVISORS AND A HOST OF OTHER OVERPAID GOVERNMENT GROOMED PAYCHECKS! KIDS SHOULD BE WITH THEIR PARENTS ITS THE PARENTS THAT MUST BE TRAINED TO DO RIGHT AND THIS STARTS WITH PUTTING GOD BACK INTO THE CORE OF THE INDIVIDUAL; NOT IMMORAL SATANISTIC VALUES AS HOMO AND LESBIANS WHINED TO CREATE FOR THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO MOLEST OR TEACH THE INNOCENT CHILD THE WRONG VALUES CREATING A POTENTIAL THREAT TO NON HOMO NORMAL PEOPLES! KIDS ARE TOMORROWS FUTURE, WHAT WE TEACH THEM IN YOUTH IS WHAT THEY OCCUPY IN ADULTHOOD! CPS AND ALL OTHER AGENCIES OF PERSONAL PROBLEMS NATURE SHOULD CEASE TO EXIST! THE PARENTS ARE THOSE RESPONSIBLE AND MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTIBLE TO CHILDBEARING AND REARING! IF THEY FAIL THEY PAY THEIR OWN WAYS NO FORCE NO FOUL ITS ON THE WISDOM OF THE WOMEN TO NOT GET PREGNANT AND THIS STARTS IN GRADE SCHOOL EDUCATION OF THIS SYSTEM I SPEAK OF NOWL!!

Edwin Coronel
Edwin Coronel

YES. Why would anyone want to underfund any program that's meant to help children?

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

NO, GOVERNMENT HAS THE HANDS OF TOO MANY CRYBABIES APPLYING FOR THIS AND THAT, HELP ME HERE, WOE IS ME THERE, AT THE PACE PREVIOUSLY SET FOR THE HANDOUTS THE INDIVIDUAL STATES AND THE UNITED STATES ARE INCAPABLE OF HANDLING WHAT THEY STARTED WITH(SEE CURRENT DEFICIT NUMBERS AND SPENDING RATIOS) THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO RID ITSELF OF NON GOVERNMENT RELATED VENUES IE CHILD SUPPORT CPS THESE ARE NOT NEEDED TO RUN AMERICA THEY ARE PART OF SOMEONES PERSONAL DILEMMAS WE AS TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT ENDURE; THESE FALLACIES SHOULD REMAIN A PRIVATE WOE; IT WILL WAKE UP PEOPLE WOMEN TO STOP POPPING OUT BABIES AND THEN CRYING FOUL TO THE OVERBURDENED GOVERNMENT! The government didnt have sex with you; its time to reduce governmental agencies and put americas personal problems back into the personal problems creators!!

Brian James Omalley
Brian James Omalley

Well, shucks, if all it woulda taken was public humiliation as a result of their massive underfunding (meanwhile the cash just flows to our state-sponsored thugs), we should start looking into all of our public services that actually are designed to help people rather than toss them in jail.

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

i think children in general have been getting severely short changed in az for way way too long now

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Are you one of those people who thinks Arpaio is the Sheriff of Arizona?


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

There are some possible good reasons.  Being "meant" to help children doesn't mean that they don't actually do more harm than good.   That seems to be the opinion of the person mentioned in the article as opposing the spending.


shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

Children don't have any money and they don't vote............that's all the reasons republicans need to continue to do nothing effective.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

Unfortunately, it's too late to prevent your father from having sex with your mother.

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