PHOENIX (AP) – A House panel has approved a bill that would allow the Department of Child Safety to disregard some reports of child neglect.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1PzL2bb ) that the Children and Family Affairs Committee on Monday signed off on the proposal.
DCS Director Greg McKay says the change would allow caseworkers to focus on more pressing cases instead of wasting resources investigating reports where there is little information to act on. He says the change would not set the agency back toward the backlog of cases that led to an overhaul of the agency two years ago.
The bill would allow the child-safety agency to screen out a small group of reports, mostly from therapists, about abuse that occurred years before the complaint.
Therapists are mandated by state law to report child abuse and neglect.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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