Texas Foster Care Agencies Request $75M to Cover Lawsuits
A pair of agencies in charge of Texas’ foster care system have asked the state Legislature for $75 million to cover the cost of a federal lawsuit. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services asked for $38 million for fiscal years 2022-23 to comply with court mandates, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission asked for $37 million over the same period. Among other things, a federal judge has required that foster homes with more than six children receive 24-hour supervision, according to KXAN.
Injured Fla. School Dean Fired for Medical Marijuana Use
A Florida high school dean who was injured on the job was fired Nov. 5 after he tested positive for medical marijuana prescribed by a doctor to treat post-traumatic stress disorder incurred as a Marine. Mike Hickman was injured in 2019 while breaking up a fight at Belleview High School. A workers’ compensation doctor who treated Hickman notified the Marion County School District when a urine test revealed his marijuana use. While medical marijuana is legal in Florida, the school district board refuses to tolerate its use because it is illegal under federal law. The board offered to suspend Hickman if he agreed not to use medical marijuana in the future, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The board voted unanimously to fire him when he declined the offer.
36 N.Y. Docs at Halloween Party Quarantined
Thirty-six medical residents from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., attended a Halloween party with a co-worker who later tested positive for COVID. The residents, now in quarantine for 14 days, face possible disciplinary action, according to Syracuse.com. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “There’s not a bigger glaring example of COVID fatigue than that. Everybody’s tired, including the people who are doing the front-line work.”
Indiana Child Agency Probes Possibly Falsified Drug Tests
The Indiana Department of Child Services is investigating claims that a subcontractor falsified the results of drug screenings that could affect about 100 cases in Delaware County. According to the Indianapolis Star, the Delaware County prosecutor claimed in late October that the child agency was investigating cases involving the termination of parental rights. Employees for Tomo, a drug-screening company employed by the state, may have reported inaccurately that parents who were scheduled for screens failed to appear or provide samples.
N.C. Health Officials Offer Thanksgiving COVID Advice
On Nov. 9, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services offered some Thanksgiving advice. The department urged North Carolinians to limit travel and gatherings with those outside of their households. The NCDHHS especially urged caution for gatherings that involve high-risk populations, such as people over 65, according to wlos.