Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is moving to address the crisis-level shortage of beds in residential facilities for kids in Michigan’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
The state said Thursday it is creating the Michigan Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee to work on increasing the quality of treatment and may consider creating more space for minors at residential facilities when they need care beyond what they can get at home from community-based services.
“The Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee will build on the recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force and take a comprehensive look at residence standards, staff training, case management and data collection to address the challenges kids in our residential system face,” Whitmer wrote in a statement.
If you are interested in serving on the Michigan Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee, you may go to michigan.gov/Whitmer/Appointments, then click “Apply Now” and select “Michigan Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee” when prompted in the application.