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Adam Meier, Montana's newly-appointed DPHHS director (Jan. 2021)
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Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced on Wednesday his pick for state health department director.

Gianforte tapped Adam Meier to lead the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, which manages Child Protective Services, the state Medicaid program and various other programs for low-income Montanans.

Montana Capitol building.
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State lawmakers are considering a million dollar loan repayment program to try to retain foster child caseworkers. Turnover is about 30 percent a year in these high-stress positions in Montana’s overburdened foster care system.

The Montana Capitol
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The Protect Montana Kids Commission meets again tomorrow, this time with a new member and an extended deadline for the group’s recommendations on fixing the state’s child protection system.

Hearing room at the Montana Capitol.
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Members of a legislative committee overseeing Montana’s Child and Family Services Division heard several storylines Monday for the reasons why the Division is struggling with child abuse and neglect casework.

A main topic of the hearing was an audit report released last fall that found several problems with how the department is investigating cases, using casework data and documenting information.

Last week Governor Steve Bullock announced a new, multi-million dollar initiative to reform child protective services in Montana.

That’s the system that follows up on reports of child abuse and neglect. About 1,400 reports a year like that come in. Montana’s Child and Family Services Division can recommend that kids in those situations can be placed in foster care for their own protection.