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Winona County Citizen Review Panel Activities (continued)

Collaboration with County Human Services:

Jen Whetstone, Tonya Van Tol, Mary Hewett and Matt Vetter participated in a review of a request for redetermination of substantiated findings of maltreatment; the team reviewing the case agreed with the substantiation of maltreatment.

Craig Brooks, Director of Winona County Human Services, has been attending Citizen Review Panel meetings at which he provides updates on the work his agency is involved in. He also alerts our group to upcoming training opportunities at the meetings or via email.

Mary Feathergill continues to serve on the Human Services Advisory Board. Partnership with other agencies:

Members collaborate with other agencies in many arenas. Members serving on the Winona County Educational Neglect and Truancy Task Force are working with individuals representing the Winona Area Public Schools, the Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED), the judicial system, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center, Winona County Human Services, and other area school districts.

Cooperation with the state DHS:

Anita Keyes, of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, continues to advise the panel, providing monthly updates and gathering input from members on various state initiatives. Anita also provides information on training opportunities at meetings or through email.

Matt Vetter, chair, attended the Steering Committee meeting held October 12 in Red Wing, MN. Committees: *See above - Winona County Citizen Review Panel Vision and Action Priorities


The Winona County Citizen Review Panel deeply appreciates the guidance and support provided by Anita Keyes, Minnesota Department of Human Services. The Panel also recognizes the dedication of Craig Brooks, Director of Winona County Human Services and his staff in keeping panel members updated. The Panel would like to express thanks to Julie Thompson for the opportunity to offer citizen input in reviewing requests for redetermination of substantiated cases of maltreatment. We would also like to thank Margaret Schild and her staff at Community Education for their support in promoting the Panel’s work and recruiting efforts. Finally, our gratitude goes to Winona County Human Services for the use of space for our meetings.


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