Mesa County says no to state control of child services

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

Mesa County is banding together with four other counties to fight Governor Bill Ritter and his plan to give the state control of child services.

After the tragic deaths of 13 children under the control of social services, Governor Bill Ritter formed a committee to change the system. One of the changes would give the state control of child service programs instead of keeping it on the local level.

Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland says Mesa County and four other larger counties each paid $1,200 to hire a political consultant to fight the committee's recommendations.

"There's been no analysis given to any of us that indicates this is going to improve outcomes for children," Rowland says.

The committee's recommendations were presented to the Governor last week and he's taking the month of October to make his final decision.


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  • by Raven Location: Grand Junction on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:46 PM
    You know normally I would advocate to keep it local but the system that is currently local is so very flawed here that I don't know if this is a bad idea. The fact that that there was a report made by Colorado West Mental Health to child protective services of violence to my children in their fathers home and nothing was done, not even an investigation is cause for concern. No one contacted me to speak to my children or contacted their father to question him either. They didn't even follow up to make sure my children were still alive. My children have me to step in with the court and protect them despite the lack of action by Child Protective Services. Not all kids are that lucky. Even if Mesa county keeps control of CPS I truly hope something changes with the protocol set to deal with reported violence on children by a Mental health facility.
  • by Cynde Location: GJ on Oct 5, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    BRAVO!!! its about time people stood up to Gov. Ritter. He has implemented many unnecessary bills which have affected many in very negative ways. Time to take a stand Grand Junction.
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