Detroit Evening Report: Gov. Whitmer creates committee to review Michigan’s residential youth facilities

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new committee meant to make sure kids in Michigan’s juvenile justice system get the help they need.

The new Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee will work to improve staff retention and create standards for all facilities. The group will meet quarterly after its membership has been finalized.

When children enter the system, it can be difficult for local courts to place them in residential care facilities. There are shortages of both beds and the staff to manage them.

“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 said in a statement.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.