FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is seeking to avoid
cuts to the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, the
agency that oversees child protective services.
Beshear told lawmakers on Tuesday that he is proposing to
increase funding by nearly $21 million to hire more social workers
and support staff, saying he wants to reduce caseloads.
The second-term Democrat told lawmakers in a budget speech that
the caseloads are dangerously high, averaging 20 for each social
Beshear also promised $1 million over the next two years for
colon cancer screening for some uninsured Kentuckians. He said a
private foundation would match the state's appropriation.
And he proposed the creation of a registry that would contain
the names of people who have abused or neglected the elderly.
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