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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "DCS changes tough, but for the best"

Evansville state representative Gail Riecken responds here on Aug. 18th to the Aug. 15th Andrea Neal column. It begins:

Andrea Neal’s column (“A long road on child welfare,” Aug. 15) about the state’s Department of Child Services highlighted the very concerns that worry so many of us who are disturbed about the agency and other departments under this administration.

More specifically, we are concerned that this column continues to advocate a delivery of services promoted by this administration that runs contrary to DCS’ goal of protecting the safety of children.

By describing these concerns in simplistic terms that reduce them to complaints that range from “DCS is taking too many kids” to “DCS is not taking enough kids,” the Daniels administration prefers to simplify issues rather than understand the root causes of the problems that so many of us have with this agency and its leader.

When the common refrain of “standardizing services” is used to explain changes made to any state department — be it DCS or the Family and Social Services Administration or the Department of Workforce Development in its handling of unemployment insurance claims — what it truly means is that experienced, trained local departments are being ravaged in order to bring all resources to a centralized location in Indianapolis.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 19, 2012 04:42 PM
Posted to Indiana Government