A legislative task force on child protection on Tuesday plans to take a deeper look at other state models as it aims to improve Minnesota's child welfare programs.
The task force, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, who formed the group following the Star Tribune’s reporting on systemic failures in child protection, has already seen several recommendations signed into law last spring.
Those changes included an additional $52 million in funding to child welfare system. More changes and money are expected next year.
Tuesday's meeting will provide an update into efforts by the state to improve the training of child welfare staff and other stakeholders. Those plans include a "deeper look" at child welfare training academies in other states. The aim is to create a new training program for Minnesota, according to materials to be presented at the meeting.
Lawmakers will also learn more about state screening guidelines intended to ensure consistency in in child welfare practices, including reporting, across the state.