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Washington County Citizen Review Panel Activities (continued)

  • Dani Horan represented Washington County and Minnesota’s Citizen Review Panels (CRP) while serving on the self-assessment team of the child protection system in Minnesota, in preparation for the federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR). Chisago County CRP member, Carl Andor, also served on the team.

  • Mary Nelson served as a liaison to the County Board of Commissioners and the Panel with regards to some child protection budget items. She advocated for more positions within Washington County Community Services (WCCS).

  • Sue Lewis and Mary Nelson are currently serving on the planning committee for the Seventh Annual National CRP Conference.

  • To engage local politicians, Mary Nelson attended a Town Hall meeting in Bayport with local Representative Julie Bunn and Senator Kathy Saltzman. During the session she brought to their attention the results from the Independent Living Skills (ILS) Study conducted by the Citizen Review Panel last year. Both seemed interested in the issue and Mary hopes to follow-up with and invite to speak with the Panel in the near future.

  • Cheryl Anderson presented the 2006 Washington County Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Annual Report to the County Commissioners.

  • In March, Heidi Nakatani presented the 2006 Washington County CRP Annual report to the Child Safety and Permanency Unit at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

  • The Panel was involved in 17 reconsiderations of findings of maltreatment during

2007.

  • Gail Peavey participated in the How Our Potential Explodes (HOPE) training at the

Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Committees

In 2007 the Washington County Citizen Review Panel members formed two new committees. They are the Advocacy for Independent Living Skills Resources Committee and the All-Family Foster Care Committee. The 2007 annual committee reports begin on the next page.

Acknowledgment

The panel would like to the opportunity to recognize an individual whose involvement had a tremendous impact on the Panel and its work, Tamara Kincaid. Tammy has served as the County representative to our Panel for the last five years. Tammy has proven through her absolute willingness to assist the Panel, the County’s commitment to fostering a positive relationship. She has been an invaluable source of information and guidance while working on projects.

While we will miss her immensely, we wish her only the best in her future endeavors.

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