Campbell: ‘We took a big step in the right direction’
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democrats voted on a bipartisan bill to get critical resources to Child Protective Services today.
The Arizona House of Representatives and Senate passed HB 2502, a bill that would provide CPS an additional $4.4 million and 50 full-time positions within the agency.
“We were able to come together in a bipartisan manner with our Republican colleagues to ensure that CPS gets more staff,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), said. “I am glad to see the governor making this issue a priority. House Democrats wanted this bill to go further but we took a big step in the right direction.”
Child Protective Services has become increasingly overwhelmed. An article published in The Arizona Republic last year reported that more children have died from child abuse in 2012 than in 2010 or 2011. Also, there are 37 percent more Arizona children in foster care since October 2009, while the number of available foster homes continues to decrease at an alarming rate.
“We know that the resources we sent to CPS today will not solve the crisis the agency is facing,” Campbell said. “There is still a lot of work to be done. CPS will need more resources for the support services that it provides going into the next year, but this will give some immediate relief.”
This bill will go to the governor’s office today.
“House Democrats are looking forward to working with Gov. Brewer and the Republicans to make sure that CPS gets all the funding and resources needed to protect Arizona kids,” Campbell said.