PRESS CLIPPINGS: Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Mental health centers revisited - The Clarion-Ledger:2. The C-L is reminding elected officials not to ignore the children trapped in a troubled DHS system.
Political pressure is mounting to construct a mental health crisis center in Brookhaven with $19 million on the horizon for centers statewide.
Law enforcement and residents have waited seven years for the state to construct an estimated $2.9 million facility in Brookhaven. Southwest Mississippi is the only region without a center.
"They just need to go on and build the thing," Sen. Billy Thames, D-Mize, who helped create the centers, said Tuesday.But the Department of Finance and Administration says the future of a center in Brookhaven is not certain.
Legislature '06 - The Clarion-Ledger:
Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit alleging serious failings in the state's foster care program is painting a grim picture demanding attention. Although the lawsuit filed by New York-based Children's Rights suing the Mississippi Department of Human Services presents only one side of a legal argument, using DHS figures, it notes:
Nearly 88 percent of children in DHS custody were not seen at least monthly by their social worker in a year;
About 32 percent of the youngest foster children in custody for at least one year did not receive a physical.3. House still looking at fully funding education.
House passes ed budget short of full funding - djournal.com:
Education at full funding levels accounts for more than $2 billion of the total state budget. House Education Committee Chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said the House leadership still supports full funding and hopes to achieve that goal before the session ends.
But the House chose not to make a statement on full funding for education early because of the uncertainty in the budget process.