Kentucky Child Welfare Agency Commissioner Resigns

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 […]

Beshear Orders Release of Records In Child Abuse Deaths

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Governor Steve Beshear is ordering the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open records about child abuse cases that resulted in fatalities or near fatalities. His office is also drafting legislation that would require the release of certain information. “We need to have a public discourse and […]

Oakwood No Longer Under Federal Oversight

From the Associated Press: Kentucky officials say the federal government has ended oversight of Oakwood, a state-run residential center for adults with mental disabilities. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services cited “substantial improvements” at the facility as the reason the U.S. Justice Department stopped its court ordered oversight. The cabinet has been involved […]

Free HIV Testing Available In Kentucky

Several agencies across Kentucky are again offering free HIV testing at various sites over the next week to coincide with National HIV Testing Day on June 27. Kentucky HIV prevention coordinator Dennis Wheatley says despite the development of a simple test and public outreach efforts, many people with HIV don’t know they’re infected. “If you […]