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Bill to Boost DCYF Staffing Wins Unanimous Approval from House Committee

Dan Tuohy / NHPR


A bill to add 77 new positionsat the Department for Children, Youth and Families received unanimous approval from a committee of House lawmakers Tuesday.


The vote comes a day after a legislative Advisory Board for DCYF put its support behind the bill.


The bill, originally introduced by Senate Democrats, is designed to address a shortage of caseworkers at the state agency tasked with investigating allegations of child abuse. DCYF employees currently juggle a caseload that is nearly four times the nationally recommended average.


The bill still needs approval from the full House before moving on to the governor.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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