State lawmakers say they are closer to forming solutions that would address problems and issues within the state Department of Child Services.
A study committee examining DCS is more than halfway through its scheduled meetings. Committee co-chair Travis Holdman says the committee has heard from the public, DCS and experts both from Indiana and outside the state. He says committee members are now developing recommendations for action.
“We’re going to be running two tracks,” Holdman says. “One’s going to be what we see as a legislative track that’s going to take a legislative fix and the other is a track that just requires a change in policy with the administration.”
For example, Holdman says solving issues with the DCS hotline will require both legislative action, such as budgeting for more employees, and policy changes, such as restructuring the hotline itself.
Legislators on the study committee will also hold two public meetings next week…one in Evansville and one in South Bend. They are inviting the public to not only share their problems with DCS but also offer solutions the lawmakers can propose to the committee.
The committee’s final recommendations to the General Assembly will be made in late November.