Family: Teen suicides evidence of failure of privatized foster care
Palm Beach Post WLRN-FM reports the death of 14-year-old Naika Venant in January was the second teen suicide in a Miami Gardens foster care home overseen by the agency Our Kids in the two months.
Report: Privatized Medicaid program serves fewer people, costs more
Brian M. Rosenthal,
Houston Chronicle The privatization of a state program that transports poor Texans to medical appointments has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars more while serving fewer than half as many people, according to a Legislative Budget Board report.
Judges, foster care providers clash over privatizing supervision of abused Texas kids
Robert T. Garrett,
Dallas Morning News "Please don't privatize and further fragment the state's function in serving as the final safety net for children," Travis County District Judge Darlene Byrne told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Nebraska Modifies Its Privatized Medicaid; Iowa's Called "A Disaster"
DEBORAH (VAN FLEET) NEWCOMBE,
Omaha Public Radio A recent Des Moines Register editorial calls Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program, now less than nine months old, “a disaster.”
A manager hired to help developmentally disabled people misappropriates more than $58,000
Audit Connection Washington,
Audit Connection Washington A member of the Board of Directors for the house informed the detective that he got “into a bad practice” of signing blank checks for the manager, trusting that she would use the money for its intended purpose.
Average ACS worker investigates more cases now than in 2012, despite Mayor de Blasio's promise to increase staff
Greg B. Smith,
New York Daily News New York City records show child protective workers’ caseloads are on the rise.
St. Louis County social workers rally for more staff
Duluth News Tribune St. Louis County social services workers tasked with mitigating all mental health and drug issues say they are overwhelmed and understaffed — especially for child protection cases where children's lives may be in danger in unsafe homes.
Congressional delegation asks USDA to investigate NM’s food aid program
Albuqueque Jorunal New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate allegations that state Human Services Department workers falsified food assistance applications.
Phila Child Welfare System Faces Crucial Test
CBS Philly Case workers at the CUA’s remain overloaded, responsible for 13 or 14 cases, though the original outsourcing plan called for no more than 10 cases per worker, a load that better insures child safety.
‘It’s a pretty epic screw up’: Kansas contractors’ miscue misses 12,000 on Medicaid waiting list
Topeka Capitol Journal An error by a contractor working for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment dramatically underrepresented — by 12,000 people — the scope of Kansas’ backlog of applications for Medicaid eligibility, officials said Friday.
City DHS stops holding children overnight in office
THe Inquierer The city's Department of Human Services has halted the use of a ground-floor office at 1515 Arch St. to house children overnight.
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