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Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has resigned her position, effective Feb. 29.

Secretary Janie Miller was appointed by Beshear during his first term. The Cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services. Miller’s resignation comes at a time when the department’s transparency is being challenged in court. But Miller’s decision is to seek other opportunities, according to a news release sent from Beshear’s office.

“Her efforts to provide health insurance for children, to implement wellness strategies, and move more than half a million Kentuckians to a managed care health system in less than a year were enormous tasks. Her work has paved the way for generations of healthier Kentuckians. I am grateful for her tireless service,” said Beshear. [click to continue…]

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Appeals Court Weighs In On Child Abuse Records Case

by Devin Katayama February 7, 2012

The Kentucky Court of Appeals is weighing in Tuesday on whether the Cabinet for Health and Family Services can transfer full jurisdiction from the Circuit Court in a case regarding the release of its child abuse records. Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has previously said the agency has failed to comply with his orders, after […]

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Child Welfare Agency Adds 300 New Positions Under Beshear’s Budget

by Devin Katayama January 23, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear is supporting a $21 million, two-year investment for Kentucky’s child welfare services, paying for nearly 300 new positions. The Department for Health and Family Services and its Department of Community Based Services, which operates the child welfare division, has been a hot topic this legislative season for some who believe the agencies […]

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Child Welfare Summit Proposes Recommendations to Change Policies

by Devin Katayama January 16, 2012

Kentucky Youth Advocates will propose three main recommendations this week for changes to the state’s child welfare system, according to executive director Terry Brooks. Nearly 250 Kentuckians attended a summit this weekend to discuss those changes, including Janie Miller, secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Attendees heard dozens of recommendations but the […]

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Louisville Summit to Address Kentucky’s Child Welfare System

by Devin Katayama January 13, 2012

A summit to address the problems facing Kentucky’s child welfare system will be held in Louisville Saturday. Kentucky Youth Advocates has been a leader in questioning the state’s child welfare system since criticism of its practices arose last year when an employee for the Department of Health and Family Services was accused of not adequately […]

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Summit to Address Legislative Changes Regarding Child Welfare Issues

by Devin Katayama January 2, 2012

Kentucky Youth Advocates is inviting lawmakers to a summit on Jan. 14 to discuss potential legislative changes that would affect the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Attendees will try to craft ideas that encourage transparency. “Our goal for Jan. 14 is to come out of that with some hard nosed practical legislative solutions because […]

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Judge Says State Withheld Too Much From Child Abuse Records

by Gabe Bullard December 22, 2011

Additional reporting from the Associated Press A judge has ruled that Kentucky officials withheld too much information from child abuse records released last week. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services released the records after a social worker was accused failing to adequately investigate allegations of abuse that eventually led to a child’s death. However, […]

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Committee Discusses Issues Regarding Child Welfare

by Devin Katayama December 19, 2011

Kentucky legislators will meet Monday in the Joint Committee for Health and Welfare to discuss transparency issues in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cabinet has been criticized lately for not releasing certain child abuse records after a social worker was accused of not investigating a case that led to a child’s death. […]

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Kentucky Child Welfare Agency Commissioner Resigns

by Devin Katayama December 6, 2011

The commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Community Based Services, which provides various welfare services like foster care and child protection, is stepping down amid growing criticism about the department’s handling of child abuse cases. Patricia Wilson submitted her resignation last Friday; officials for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services say it was a personal […]

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Judge Orders State’s Child Abuse Records in 10 Days

by Devin Katayama December 1, 2011

With reporting from the Associated Press A judge has ordered state officials to release 90 internal reviews of child deaths within the next 10 days. The order is a response to a lawsuit requesting certain child welfare documents be made public. Judge Phillip Shepherd says the order is not meant to pass blame to the […]

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