Gov. Rick Snyder's statement reacting to Child Protective Services audit

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement regarding the audit released today on the Child Protective Services program within the state Department of Health and Human Services:

“We take the results of every department audit seriously, but especially those involving programs designed to protect our most vulnerable populations. The findings in the Child Protective Services audit are unacceptable and we must do more to accelerate the needed corrective actions. While it is encouraging to see the Department of Health and Human Services working to correct many of the audit findings, we must do more and quickly. I have tasked Rich Baird in my office with assessing the department's response to this audit and pull together the necessary resources to assist DHHS in rooting out processes or practices that are standing in the way of excellent service. A lot of good people are trying to accomplish a lot of good things in protecting Michigan’s most vulnerable populations. It can be stressful, and I understand the frustration people involved in this area must feel when they are hindered by cumbersome processes and procedures. The focus needs to be on helping the children and we are committed to making improvements that will help them as quickly as possible."