La. Child Welfare System “Overburdened”
In a legislative hearing on September 6, that followed two recent child deaths from abuse and neglect, Louisiana legislators called for major reforms to the state’s child welfare systems. Legislators met with administrators from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the agency that investigates and responds to allegations of child abuse and neglect. According to the Louisiana Illuminator, the meeting “covered problems the agency faces with heavy case loads for workers, staffing shortages and toxic work environments.”
Wis. DSPS Facing Staffing Issues, Licensing Delays
Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Dan Hereth, Wisconsin Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, about licensing wait times and staffing constraints. The DSPS Website currently displays the alert: due to staffing constraints the Department is not able to offer same day in person credentialing. According to WPR, “the agency recommends people apply for licenses up to 12 weeks ahead of when they’d need it.” According to Hereth, wait times for a license now average 45 days—a 40% improvement for the agency over past years. DSPS issues over 240 professional licenses.
Pa. Liquor Board Returns Over $2.2 million in Licensing Fees to Communities
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board plans to return more than $2.2 million in licensing fees to 1,359 municipalities. Twice each year the law requires that PLCB return liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those licenses. The PLCB oversees the regulations of over 15,000 retail liquor licenses statewide. “Over the last five fiscal years,” according to YourErie.com, “the PLCB returned just over $18 million in licensing fees to local municipalities.”
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