Lawmakers approve $20M in new funding for child protection, mental health
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Legislation to pay for a major expansion of the state’s child protective workforce cleared the House on Thursday, 272-87, as 59 Republicans joined Democrats in approving Senate Bill 6.
The legislation funds 77 new positions at the Division for Children, Youth and Families over two years at a cost of $8.6 million, consisting of 57 new child protective service workers and 20 new supervisors. The bill passed the Senate 23-0 on Feb. 14.