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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "NWI Times reporter wins national public service award"

Remember the "Children in Peril" series in the NWI Times, reported by Marisa Kwiatkowski? From an April 23rd NWI Times story:

Times investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski has won a national public service award for her ongoing series detailing Indiana's fragmented system of providing services to children in need of state services.

The Sigma Delta Chi public service award, announced Tuesday by the national chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, was awarded for Kwiatkowski's series titled "Children in Peril."

Kwiatkowski won in the 50,000-100,000 daily circulation category.

Her series revealed families throughout Indiana struggling to find services for children with severe mental illnesses or developmental disabilities and a fragmented state system that was failing children.

It revealed cases in which children ended up in the juvenile justice system rather than receiving needed mental health services. It also revealed parents who were forced to plead guilty to neglect charges to obtain services for their children — even though they had been diligent in the care they provided.

In response to The Times series, state officials pledged about $25 million in funding to help fix the problem, and dialogue has begun statewide among lawmakers and social service agencies.

See this ILB post from May 20, 2012 where Ms. Kwiatkowski reports on the CHINS problems.

See also this May 2nd ILB report on SEA 164, which the Governor received on May 4th.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 7, 2013 08:44 AM
Posted to Indiana Government