Child Protection System Study Commission
Function: The commission shall study:
(1) the current structure and operation of the child protection system at the state and county level;
(2) the current operation of the child abuse reporting act, including whether the reporting act should be expanded to mandate reports of emotional harm and threatened harm, and whether its definitions of physical and sexual abuse should be expanded to include threatened harm;
(3) the ways in which the child protection system can provide more effective intervention and prevention services for sexually aggressive and sexually abused children; and
(4) other ways in which the child protection system and the child abuse reporting act can be improved.
The commission shall report to the legislature on its findings and recommendations not later than February 15, 1990, and ceases to function after that date.
The 1989 Minnesota Legislature created the 10-member joint Child Protection System Study Commission to examine the state's child protection system during the 1989-90 interim. The Commission's was the first legislative effort to study this
issue. It defined participants in the child protection system broadly to include county child protection agencies, law enforcement, legal and medical professionals, guardians ad !item, foster and emergency shelter providers, and private and non-profit programs for prevention and treatment, as well as parents and other care providers.
The Commission held seven hearings. The final report includes information from those hearings, as well as from testimony heard during six summer hearings of the Children's Justice Subcommittee of the House Criminal Justice Division of the Judiciary Committee.
The Commission's final report includes a timeline of "Recent Legislative Actions" spanning from 1978 to 1989.
Commission Members (10):
Senator Linda Berglin
Representative Kathleen Blatz
Representative Lee Greenfield
Representative Randy Kelly
Senator Patrick McGowan
Senator Patricia Pariseau
Senator Ember Reichgott, Commission Co-chair
Senator Allen Spear
Representative Kathleen Vellenga, Commission Co-chair
Representative Jean Wagenius
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