Sununu signs bills to increase funding to DCYF
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It’s been an unenviable position for years: Workers at the Division for Children, Youth and Families have some of the highest average workloads in the country.
This week, a bill hoped by lawmakers to address that became law. On Monday, Gov. Chris Sununu and Senate President Donna Soucy signed off on Senate Bill 6, a measure to dramatically increase the staffing at the agency, adding funding for 77 new positions over two years.
The governor also signed a second bill, Senate Bill 14, seeking to fund preventative programs to better divert children from dangerous situations. That bill includes $19.2 million in funding, about half of which would go to fund nine children’s mobile crisis units around the state – enough for each child to get a response to a behavioral health emergency within an hour, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.