Jan Brewer Calls Special Session to Deal With New Department of Child Safety

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Gage Skidmore


Governor Jan Brewer has called a special session of the legislature to deal with the creation of the Department of Child Safety, which is replacing Child Protective Services.

Brewer made the announcement today, and also released the details of her bill to reform CPS.

See also:
-Legislators Pass Budget With CPS Funding Well Below Jan Brewer's Proposal

Brewer's office released a presentation of changes that have already been made to the new DCS, including changes to the process that allowed more than 6,500 allegations of child abuse and neglect to go uninvestigated.

Brewer's proposed cost to establish the new agency: $60 million.

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About $20 million of that is to deal with various backlogs. According to Brewer's presentation, those backlogs at the former CPS are still growing, even as more workers have been hired, and more workers are still to be hired.

That includes about $4.4 million for overtime, plus $6.2 million more for the hiring of more caseworkers. To address the high turnover rate, $1.7 is proposed for retention bonuses -- a $1,000 check for making it 18 months on the job, and $3,000 for 36 months.

Meanwhile, $5.3 million is proposed for staffing of the Office of Child Welfare Investigations, which investigates criminal conduct. It was revealed earlier this year that OCWI only has enough staffing to investigate about 17 percent of cases.

Other funding proposals create checks on the department, including an ombudsman, an inspections bureau, and a review from an outside expert, totaling about $3.2 million combined.

The document below provided by the governor's office provides a point-by-point list of changes proposed in the bill:

Arizona child safety reform legislation



The legislative special session is to start on Tuesday.

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16 comments
Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Will believe it when I see it.

Wanda Jeannie Casillas
Wanda Jeannie Casillas

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY TAXES! A small amount to fix a huge (understatement) problem that will impact this state for at least another hundred years.

Marcie Wason
Marcie Wason

Looking at the article I think the changes that will occur with the new department are long overdue. CPS has been broken for a long time, drastic measures are needed to address these issues.

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

Then fire the idiots who failed and hire those who care. Why a new dept?

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Republicans are great at DESTROYING government, let's see if they can build it up again.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

What are the odds the twits in the Legislature will even consider Brewer's bill?

Remember the unemployment insurance bill GED Jan called a special session for?

Twice disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce claimed he wanted immediate relief for businesses. Which he could have done by amending his "jobs bill". But he didn't.

Wendy Lathrope
Wendy Lathrope

If the state had provided appropriate funding in the first place ....

shadeaux
shadeaux

Arizona has a STELLAR history of coming up with programs that look good on paper.


The problems start to appear when the dim bulbs Arizona elects try to put them into action.


Just wait, I'm willing to bet that the cretins won't even come close to EFFECTIVELY dealing with the piss poor job Arizona does of protecting it's children. If they could, don't you think they'd have done so by now?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

technically its not a new department..............its just a new name. somehow in her alcohol sodden mind...........thats going to work better than fixing the problem

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@MaskedMagician1967 UPRISING. If they fail to consider this, they will be shamed throughout the summer. This is primary election season. They won't risk the inevitable outrage.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@shadeaux The forces of politics will make it impossible for the legislature to ignore this. I also heard that next Wednesday, Andy Toxin... er, Tobin, has a fundraiser scheduled with Mittens Romnibus III. It WILL be incredibly embarrassing to him if he doesn't get this done in time.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Do I think so or do I hope so............two entirely different questions with 2 entirely different answers

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@arizonaeagletarian wow..........are you off base on that one. they will never be shamed. politicians have no dignity or morals.........i dont even know if they understand what shame is..............if they did, this country wouldnt be in the shape it is

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@arizonaeagletarian okay, you got me on the "desire to be re-elected"...............i think their desire to ride the gravy train with out ever having to worry about consequences for their actions does kind of eliminate the possibility of them ever experiencing shame

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@danzigsdaddy @arizonaeagletarian Wait and see what happens on Tuesday.

Machiavelli suggests that the phenomenon of the people taking the abuse from the ruling class without protest -- up to a point -- is documented in history... through the millennia. However, when the people recognize the degree of oppression the ruling class has imposed on them, they rise up. No different now than in Machiavelli's time or in the times and ages of historians he read.

I agree that pols generally have no "shame." BUT they do have a deep desire to be re-elected time after time after time.

They repealed HB2305 from last year because they figured out that they weren't going to get away with suppressing voting rights. 


Brewer vetoed SB1062 because she heard loud and clear that the UPRISING was going to be deafening... and because the business class was scared shitless.

All of this adds up to the fact that the PEOPLE of Arizona DO have a voice and when they lift it up together as ONE, the ruling class gets the message.

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