UAW: Michigan DHHS wants to outsource CPS work

Source: Justin A. Hinkley, Lansing State Journal, October 19, 2015

The United Auto Workers Local 6000 says a close reading of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services’ plans for new programs reveals the groundwork is being laid to outsource responsibilities typically handled by the state’s roughly 1,400 Children’s Protective Services workers. Ray Holman , the union’s legislative liaison, said that would put the work of “the green beret special forces of child welfare” in the hands of private groups who are less accountable to the public. … But UAW officials said last week that the makeup of new program being tested in three counties and a careful reading of a 2014 report on performance-based funding show the state wants to outsource CPS. …