Farley: Protect funding for CPS programs in Arizona
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Sen.-elect Steve Farley, D-Tucson (District 9), is calling on the head of the Department of Economic Security to protect funding for vital Child Protective Services programs in Southern Arizona and throughout the state.
“There are reports that CPS service providers are in danger of losing staff, eliminating programs and shutting down,” Farley said. “That is unacceptable. If DES is reducing funding to service providers who offer vital programs, then we are failing the children in our state who need the most help.”
Today Farley wrote to DES Director Clarence Carter asking for an explanation and for him to work with the legislature to find ways to operate more efficiently and within the DES budget.
In his letter Farley stated:
“While I appreciate the difficult funding decisions that all state agencies are required to make, imposing cost-saving measures that so adversely impact children and families is simply unacceptable. This is especially true given the fact that many of the more practical reforms suggested by the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force Report have been ignored. I call on you to provide information to me and other legislators about any other alternatives considered prior to the decision to eliminate these programs. Furthermore, I encourage you to immediately reconsider this decision. Finally, I trust that you will request adequate funding necessary to carry out your responsibilities to these children and families in the future. If, after restoring funding, you project further shortfalls during this fiscal year, I implore you to request an emergency appropriation from the governor and Legislature during the first week of this session. No child in the CPS system should be placed in danger due to inadequate funding.”