Monitoring report finds long waits on Oklahoma DHS hotline for child abuse claims

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A new report says some people waited more than two hours to report child abuse claims on an Oklahoma Department of Human Services hotline.

The monitoring report released Wednesday also says the department has about 1,250 child abuse and neglect investigations that are overdue. The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1zdsLxi ) about 200 of them have been overdue for more than six months. But it also noted improvements by the department, including declines in how many children under 6 stay in shelters.

The findings are from experts assigned to monitor Oklahoma's compliance with a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. The settlement led to the Pinnacle Plan, the state's $153 million plan for overhauling the foster care system.

DHS director Ed Lake says that while the department has a long way to go, they're making progress and working on complying with the agreement.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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