Children’s Protective Services Investigations - 431-1285-16F

Description of Agency

Michigan’s Child Protection Law (CPL) requires that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) investigate allegations of child abuse and/or neglect (CA/N). MDHHS’s CPS investigators are responsible for conducting CPS field investigations in compliance with CPL and MDHHS policy requirements and taking appropriate action(s) to ensure the child’s safety. Investigators are compelled to follow these requirements to help ensure that (1) allegations of CA/N are promptly and appropriately addressed, (2) the current safety and future risk of harm to a child are properly assessed, (3) appropriate protective interventions are put in place, and (4) preponderance of evidence conclusions are supported by a systematic and objective examination of facts and evidence. MDHHS assigned approximately 68,000 allegations of CA/N for a CPS investigation between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. CPS investigators determined that a preponderance of evidence of CA/N existed in 23% of the approximately 61,000 CPS investigations completed during this period.

Timing

Estimated Release Date: Early 2023


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