The Senate is currently formulating their version of the state budget. They need to hear from you about the need to retain funding for social workers and support staff in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
More than 200 advocates from across Kentucky gathered in Louisville in January of this year at the Kentucky Summit to End Child Abuse Deaths. Participants heard from a range of diverse perspectives including legislators, judges, professionals from multiple disciplines, and officials from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. After hearing these perspectives, attendees prioritized solutions for ending child abuse deaths in Kentucky. The solutions were compiled and the group at large voted on the four policy solutions they want Kentucky leaders to act on during 2012. One of the four priorities identified was to increase funds for additional Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) social workers and support.
The budget that the Senate received from the House included $21 million for additional social workers and support staff and prevented the Department for Community Based Services from 8.4% budget cuts. Please call your Senator today and tell him or her:
“Please support the bi-partisan effort to protect children from abuse and neglect by maintaining funding for social workers and preventing cuts to the Department for Community Based Services.”
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