STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), released this statement regarding the Department of Economic Security’s outline for reviewing the 6,000 unexamined Child Protective Services cases.
“The document that DES Director Clarence Carter released late yesterday is a timeline, but what we need to see is a plan. He did not provide adequate information about who within the agency is investigating cases and how they are managing the additional investigations once cases have been properly coded. This response leaves too many questions unanswered.
“It is still unclear how DES and CPS are realistically going to finish this job, and we don’t know what CPS is going to do moving forward. We also need to hear how the Department of Public Safety will be involved in examining the process by which cases were not investigated. I encourage Gov. Brewer to utilize the services of an outside partner to help the agency identify the problems that led to this crisis and to help restore credibility to the agency.
“The situation that CPS faces is dire and those responsible need to be held accountable. Most important, the problems need to be corrected. It will take a multidisciplinary approach to ensure there is transparency throughout the agency’s process of addressing and managing reports of abuse. It’s time to demand more from Gov. Brewer and CPS leadership in order to ensure that Arizona is truly protecting its most vulnerable children.”