Administrative Office of Courts
Council of Youth Court Judges says DHS staff shortage presents crisis
October 25, 2002
The Mississippi Council of Youth Court Judges in a recently adopted resolution said the staffing shortage at the Department of Human Services "creates a crisis for children at risk."
The resolution, adopted Sept. 20, asked the Legislature and the Governor to fully fund the Department of Human Services.
Thomas B. Storey Jr. of West Point, chairman of the Council of Youth Court Judges, told a statewide conference of judges in Jackson Thursday that the staff shortage within the Divisions of Children and Family Services at the Department of Human Services "is an endangerment to the citizens and the children of Mississippi."
Storey also said staff shortages at the state training schools present problems.
Storey made the remarks Thursday while making a report of the Council of Youth Court Judges at a luncheon meeting of the Trial and Appellate Judges Fall Conference in Jackson.
Storey in an interview said he fears that tragedy could happen in Mississippi as it did in Florida because overworked social workers are handling too many cases each.
"We are just asking for trouble," Storey said.
The resolution adopted Sept. 20 by the Council of Youth Court Judges reads, in part:
A copy of the resolution is available upon request.
Storey may be reached at 662-494-5184.