As a county, we must move toward a model of integration and co-location of county human and social services to reduce the burden on families and individuals needing career guidance, housing, healthcare and other supports. Black and Indigenous children are overwhelmingly represented in out-of-home placements within our child protection system. Healthy families means whole families and, as a mother, it is critical that family preservation is a top priority.
I will work with department heads from key areas to create a task force that will develop a plan that integrates service delivery using technology and shared resources, and identifies families and individuals accessing multiple services at once.
Together we will simplify the process for people and families in need of services by developing strategies that align services and establish teams, using coordination that removes the need for multiple case workers.
Passing the African-American Family Preservation Act (HF3973) is critical and I will work with the legislature however I can so this bill, which will provide better support and intervention before out-of-home placements occur, is passed. My work on this will be led by community leaders already active in the fight to reduce disparities in Hennepin County's child protection system.