Report: State did not finish child death reviews
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Officials charged with reviewing the deaths of children who were under state supervision failed to complete reports for 10 of 11 cases since 2008, according to a news report published Tuesday.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported on the incomplete reviews after obtaining e-mails from the Department of Human Services through an open records request. The purpose of the reports is so state and county officials can identify and correct mistakes so they’re not repeated.
Republican state Sen. Josh Penry called for oversight hearings after learning about the incomplete reports.
DHS Executive Director Karen Beye told the Coloradoan that officials addressed any issues that needed to be corrected after a child’s death even if a report was never completed.
“I’m glad that we’ve been able to work through process behind the scenes and if we have erred somewhere, it is in not finalizing the report and not in addressing the issue,” she said.
Still, Beye said the reports should’ve been completed in a timely fashion.
“The message to staff about the priority of getting these reviews should have been much stronger,” she said. “I should have required a written process with checks and balances to make sure these were done.”
Beye said that since last week she has begun requiring monthly status checks on reports. She also said reports will now be subjected to deadlines.
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