New state commission eyes issues facing at-risk youths

2013-08-21T19:15:00Z 2013-08-21T19:35:06Z New state commission eyes issues facing at-risk youthsDan Carden, (317) 637-9078
August 21, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Leaders of Indiana's executive, judicial and legislative branches met Wednesday to begin finding ways of working together on behalf of the state's most endangered children.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush led the first meeting of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children, a committee established earlier this year by the Department of Child Services reform law.

Over the next 11 months, Rush expects the group to evaluate and make recommendations on improving access, availability and funding of services for vulnerable youths, such as children on Medicaid, in care of DCS or in the criminal justice system.

"There's plenty to do," Rush said.

DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura, a former Lake County Juvenile Court judge, echoed that sentiment when she said, "Only together can we really be effective."

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