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Feb 27, 2016 2:31 PM

State health officials to release new proposal to beef up DCYF

CONCORD - After coming up with a plan for 24/7 staffing that would require hiring 50 new employees at a cost of $4 million, the state Department Health and Human Services has a new proposal that it will release Monday.

Last month, the Division for Children, Youth and Families released a report, written by Director Lorraine Bartlett, which cited heavy workloads and high turnover rates as impediments to keeping children safe.

The division presented its report to the Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities, including its plan to expand to 24/7 staffing. The Department of Health and Human Services pulled the proposal and will release a new around-the-clock staffing plan Monday, according to the Concord Monitor.

Two toddlers have died in the last year-and-a-half, and Gov. Maggie Hassan called for an independent review of DCYF in October.

Currently DCYF is staffed 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Local police handle calls outside those hours.

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