The Senate Families, Seniors and Veterans Committee today approved state Rep. Kathy Crawford’s plan to help foster care caseworkers better serve children.
Children in foster care often have medical conditions that require special treatment or medication that caseworkers do not know about. Crawford, of Novi, said her reform will provide caseworkers with the information they need to serve children properly by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to have access to a child’s private health information. Caseworkers would be required to keep information confidential.
“This is about protecting the children that caseworkers care for,” said Crawford, chair of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. “We must ensure our state’s vulnerable children receive the proper medical care and treatment they need to live healthy lives.”
The plan now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.