Jan Brewer "Abolishes CPS as We Know It"

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Governor Jan Brewer says she has signed an executive order that "abolishes [Child Protective Services] as we know it."

UPDATE: Brewer's office has provided information about how this new system's supposed to work. Click here for details.

Brewer made the announcement Monday afternoon in her final State of the State speech.

See also:
-Ignored CPS Cases: More Than 100 Required an Immediate Response

Brewer said the order establishes a new Division of Child Safety and Family Services, and Charles Flanagan -- the head of the state's Department of Juvenile Corrections -- will be its new director.

Since CPS was part of the Department of Economic Security, DES director Clarence Carter was at the top of CPS when it was discovered that thousands of allegations of child abuse and neglect had simply been ignored for several years now.

Flanagan, on the other hand, already had been tasked with cleaning up the CPS mess last month. Brewer created something called a "CARE Team" to deal with the 6,500-plus shelved cases, and she made Flanagan the head of it.

Brewer said it's up to the Legislature to make the new Division of Child Safety and Family Services a permanent agency.

UPDATE January 14: Here's Brewer's executive order:

Brewer CPS executive order



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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

For years now I've been trying to find something positive about Mrs. Brewer. It just struck me that if I were building a bon fire and needed straw for kindling I know where I could find it. 


Honestly, she has never been blonde. I'm not sure why she insists on presenting herself as something she isn't. Oh wait.......

DNichols
DNichols

Jan wants tougher Laws, and Sentences against human traffickers, Here, Here!

Now how about tougher "Laws" against Knife Point Rapists, and thier Evil Mothers that abuse thier Government powers to shield them from Prison Time, and Defraud Social Security of $75,000.00 to reward thier Demon Seed as he is incarcerated already costing Tax Payers Six Hundred Dollars plus a Day!!

You and your Rapist Son should be in Prison Jan.

What did you do for your Son Ron's "Victom"?!!!

To: Justice?!

DNichols
DNichols

This photo makes me wonder of the location of Jans "Wagging Finger"?!

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Arizona has had 8 years of republican domination, might be time for some changes, once these fools who realize they voted for a band of losers for the last 8 years wake up and see what a mess they have!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Agree, CPS should be its own free-standing agency but not one 'controlled" and chaired by an Arizona Dept. of Corrections executive or the Maricopa County Attorney, a prosecutor and politician (who needs to clean up the decades old mess in the Maricopa County Attorney's office).


CPS cases are about families and children, those who need help. Inter-agency based on social welfare for families and children should determine the needs in the cases. Once law enforcement gets involved, they all become "criminal cases". This does not bode well for families and their children. 


In my opinion, these officials are eyeing the "school-to-prison" pipeline with a data base of almost 7,000 families who will never get out of the NEW "system", they will be creating for the private prison profiteers who drive Arizona's public policy and are looking for prospects-for-$$$'s.

sangrevale
sangrevale

Jan Brew-a-cup-o-bull-er is pulling a sleight of hand; she is the one who defunded CPS four years ago and after all the damage done she acts like she is improving a child's life by "giving birth" to another dysfunctional state agency.

andrewgage
andrewgage

Boy, I bet y'all miss Janet Napolitano now, don't ya?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Oh, great.  even thought CPS has big issues, Gin Soaked Jan's move was to replace it with NOTHING until her new group is set up?


Any bet how many in her "new group" are also drinking buddies?

cassityg32
cassityg32

I definitely agree that CPS needs a complete overhaul but I'm unclear as to how she can ABOLISH an agency like this & replace it with whatever this is she has put together that may not even be long term depending on the legislatures decision. What exactaly does this new team she has put together do that will be different? Where will the funding for this all come from? What will happin to all of the thousands of CPS cases that are currently open? For the families currently involved with CPS, will there be a new criteria they now have to fulfill in order to get their kids back? I just don't understand how she can abolish a huge long running system & give little to no details & have no real ok'd system to replace it with (at least not ok'd by legislature).

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Now if we could just Abolish GED Brewer.

slappy
slappy

She tired to do the same thing with the National Guard.  I agree with Phxjustice, rebrand, and everyone will forget about it. 

It seems though every case that was closed, had to be reopened.  When the reopening of cases approached the 6000 mark, Jan said, screw it, let's rename it.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Jan looks like somebody just told her the bar is open.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"Flanagan, a 2011 Brewer appointee, is the director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections."

How typically Republican of you Jan. Appoint the man who is now in charge of the agency which, within 2 months after the Johnson vs Upchurch Consent Decree expired in 1997, stopped all EFFECTIVE treatment and went right back to warehousing juvenile offenders which is what it does to this day. Of course, we knew what was going to happen when they changed the name of the agency from the "Arizona Dept of Youth Treatment and Rehabilitation" to the "Arizona Dept of Juvenile CORRECTIONS." (We will no longer "treat" or "rehabilitate"..........we will "CORRECT")

Yeah, the man who now oversees the neglect and abuse of juvenile offenders, will henceforth, oversee the neglect and abuse of children statewide.

That'll fix it?

phxjustice
phxjustice

So, Governor Brewer's solution to the failures of her administration is rebrand CPS?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"THE HOUSE I LIVE IN" Sundance award-winning documentary by Eugene Jarecki. Four decades of failed government policy that is addicted to drugs itself and the $$$'s. Official Trailer #1 (2012) YouTube. The full documentary is available on itunes, netflix, etc.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@TommyCollins Opening day at the state legislature --  like watching a grade B movie unfold. "Brewer-in-Wonderland"?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@DNichols 

I have....let's say info that most don't have access to and have read about this EXTENSIVELY. 

While I can't offer any proof, I'm not the only person with experience dealing with the mentally ill who think that this "person" was put into the mental health system so that the person's mother, a then state senator with lots of ambition, wouldn't have her political career negatively impacted by this persons crime. If this were handled in the justice system----------Lots of publicity. If this were handled in the mental health system................Confidentially laws, much less publicity.


Look how well it worked.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@vagabond545454Eight years???? Try about 40 years; Arizona hasn't really had a true Democrat in office since Bruce Babbitt in the 1970s. In any other state, Napolitano would have been a moderate Republican, but since she was female, moderate, pro-choice, and of questionable sexual orientation, she'd get absolutely nowhere with the Arizona GOP, which slowly but surely has been taken over by the shitballs-crazy-mutant wing ever since they managed to get ol' Ev Mecham elected governor. It's been all downhill since then. Not that Arizona has ever been a liberal paradise, but unless you're a filthy-rich 1-percenter Scottsdale pig, a grumpy Sun City retiree, a real-estate flake, or a batshit conspiracy kook who's been run out of your much-saner home state, Arizona has really become a fetid shithole over the past 30 years or so, and it becomes a bigger one each year as the extreme-right GOP gets more and more of a stranglehold on power. 

Sad, really. When my family first came to AZ I thought it was so beautiful I would spend my life here. I was young and naive then. Now I'm just counting the days until my aged parents no longer walk this earth and no longer need me, so I can get the hell out of here and leave this shithole to rot with the brain-dead mutants who have destroyed whatever was once good about it. Anyone else with a brain should do likewise.


TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@vagabond545454Six years, I think. At least at the governor level. Napolitano was in the middle of her second term (Democrat) when she left to become Homeland secretary, I believe. That's when the Straw Lady stepped in and completed that term and was elected for a second and final term.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Federal Court in Ciavarella “Kids For Cash” Case Issues Groundbreaking Ruling: State Court Judge’s Acts Not Immune from Conspiracy and RICO by cole.stuart@lexevia.com

January 13, 2014--A Federal District Court Judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that “Kids for Cash” Pennsylvania State Juvenile Court Judge Mark Ciavarella’s actions in using his courtroom to sentence juveniles under a “zero tolerance” policy to further a civil conspiracy are not protected by judicial immunity.  United States District Judge A. Richard Caputo on Thursday issued adecision in favor of plaintiffs in that case, holding that Judge Mark Ciavarella’s acts in participating in a conspiracy to deprive children of a right to a fair trial in order to send the children to juvenile detention facilities which Ciavarella helped develop are not “judicial acts” entitled to judicial immunity.  "This decision will profoundly impact parents' ability to pursue Family Court judges for civil rights violations based on judicial conduct occurring outside of the courtroom, which causes injury inside the courtroom." says Colbern Stuart, President of California Coalition for Families and Children.

From Judge Caputo's January 9, 2014 Memorandum:

Ciavarella is not entitled to judicial immunity for his role in closing the River Street facility. That is, appearing on television urging a shutdown of a county-run detention facility and facilitating hiring decisions for a private detention facility are not functions “normally performed by a judge.” Wallace, 2009 WL 4051974, at *7 (quoting Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, 362, 98 S. Ct. 1099, 55 L. Ed. 2d 331 (1978)). During Ciavarella’s criminal trial, he acknowledged that he was not performing any official duties when he took part in the television interview. (Plfs.’ SMF, ¶ 74.) Moreover, aiding PACC in staffing its facility with employees of the River Street facility also falls outside the traditional role of a judge. Cf. Forrester v. White, 484 U.S. 219, 229, 108 S. Ct. 538, 98 L. Ed. 2d 555 (1988) (“personnel decisions made by judges[ ] are often crucial to the efficient operation of public institutions (some of which are at least as important as the courts), yet no one suggests that they give rise to absolute immunity from liability in damages under § 1983.”).

b. Zero Tolerance Policy ….." (continued)

DNichols
DNichols

While Jans Rapist Son Ron was incarcerated who got the $75,000.00 of stolen Social Security Money?!

Did the Feds simply allow Jan to repay this money as her restitution for her Felony?!!

We seem to have Two Justice Systems in the U.S!

To: Justice for All!!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ@cassityg32 

I'm a bit confused by this action. It appears she waved her magic wand to create an agency that she doesn't have the authority to create, yes? So, in effect, she put an idea on paper and delivered it to state congress so some of them can actually make it work through legislation, I guess. 

She could easily get off her broom and simply sweep the agency away. 

DNichols
DNichols

@Shadeaux14

If Raping Ronny was "Insane" who set up the Social Security Paper work, and who got the illgotten Dollars?!!

Mommy Dearest?!!

Sadly the most corrupt Criminals in Arizona are running the State!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@DNichols 

If I remember correctly until the early nineties, it was legal for those in prison or psychiatric institutions to receive certain types of SS benefits. I believe that this money was paid before the law was changed therefore, no money had to be repaid.

Slowriter59
Slowriter59

@cassityg32 She's grabbing total control of the whole operation to be run out of the Governor's Office!


Guess she thinks either she'll get to run again, or the right-wingers will put in one of her buddies who's as chummy with the private prison operators as she is.


Are the Dems going to run Rotillini again? 

cassityg32
cassityg32

Final thought, when I heard she had publicly announced her future plans for CPS before recieving official leg. approval it reminds me of when I was young & wanted to do something I knew I'd never be allowed to do so I attempted to say ok to whatever it was & then, in front of my friends, I'd ask my parents hoping to put them on the spot & manipulate them into allowing me to do whatever it was. Make since? It's late & I'm pooped :-)

cassityg32
cassityg32

Exactly! I also find it VERY VERY bothersome that this fictional agency she has put together out of thin air will be reporting to her on everything. First of all, if she is to be the one that has the final word/decision here, what training, schooling, personal expirences that qualify her as an expert in this field? Because if this is how things in Az are done now, hell, I am now officially declaring myself a lead surgeon at the closest hospital from hear on out. Secondly, even IF she had the qualifications, her days are numbered. What happins then? Who will be the new "go to" boss lady after she's gone? But hey, we're just talking about people's lives here.

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