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RI child-service networks report cost overruns

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state has stepped in to take control of child-protection services provided by two nonprofit networks that recently reported large cost overruns.

Governor Chafee's office tells The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/TWQLRL ) he has appointed a team of fiscal advisers to help the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The DCYF recently notified providers that Ocean State Network for Children and Families and the Rhode Island Care Management Network are no longer responsible for its residential and community-based programs.

The networks signed three-year agreements in 2012 to run the programs at an estimated cost of $107 million, but already have spent about $145.5 million.

Officials say the problem is partly the result of sending teen victims of sex trafficking out of state for treatment that is not available in Rhode Island.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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