Department of Human Services
A state agency is bypassing state attorneys and paying a private law firm $558 an hour in an aggressive effort to try to end court oversight of Michigan’s child welfare system.
The governor said he will announce plans in his State of the State speech Tuesday night to “dramatically” reorganize two state agencies.
Michigan’s child welfare system got some good marks in the latest report by court-appointed monitors, but it still faces many challenges in protecting children and licensing foster homes.
The Michigan House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to crack down on welfare abuse.
Departments such as the Michigan State Police, Human Services and Management & Budget have been testing ways over the past several months to increase worker productivity and cut costs
Michigan’s enforcement of a five-year limit on welfare benefits is on the docket at the Michigan Supreme Court.
Some Michigan parents are planning to file a federal lawsuit in Detroit Thursday, claiming that the state and adoption agency officials withheld crucial details about the physical and mental disabilities in the children they adopted.
The state of Michigan can take away welfare benefits under a five-year federal limit even if recipients still might qualify for cash under state law, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Jackie Doig, of the Saginaw-based Center for Civil Justice, says only about 100 of the 11,000 families that lost benefits starting last October have had them restored, despite a March court order telling the state to do so.
Notices coming in the mail will explain how families can reapply for monthly checks.