Official: DCYF to be restructured, lead networks included

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Officials say the state’s troubled child welfare agency will soon be completely restructured and is considering doing away with its current model of using two nonprofit networks to provide services to children and youth.

Jamia McDonald, who is leading the overhaul of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, told The Associated Press that the agency will change how it works with lead networks Ocean State Network for Children and Families and Rhode Island Care Management Network in the coming months.

McDonald says the agency might continue working with them, but the structure would likely be completely different.            

The networks’ contracts were extended in July for six months.

DCYF contracted the networks in 2012 to cut costs. But DCYF has had a deficit in five of the past six years.

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