Dec 5, 2016
Two state employees who work in DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) were criminally charged on November 14 by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
The charges stem from a situation where a child died. It is catastrophic for a child to die.
According to news reports, there was little food in the child’s home when the protective services worker went out to investigate.
There is much more to this story. If they trust you, child protective services workers — all across Michigan — will tell you that when a worker goes out to a home to investigate, about half of the time there is little or no food!
To understand a little background, it is necessary to know about “Leo’s Law” – passed by the Legislature in 2011 and signed by Governor Snyder. This law made it much harder for police or protective services to remove a child from a home.
This law certainly reduced costs for the State of Michigan. Slashing social welfare costs has been the priority for far too long.
In a department where employees work unpaid overtime and feel abused themselves – coworkers were in tears when they heard about these charges. This job was already nearly impossible. Turnover was high. Workers are now leaving the department as fast as they can.
Nothing is done to the politicians who demolish the social safety net. Nothing is done to the politicians who poisoned Flint. Workers will need to come together in solidarity. It will take a fight to protect ourselves and Michigan’s children.