Houchin to chair children’s commission in 2017

Indiana Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, will chair the Commission on Improving the Status of Children this year, as the 20-member group set its first quarterly meeting for next Wednesday.

As part of the commission’s three-year strategic plan, four task forces have been assigned: child safety and services; educational outcomes; juvenile justice and cross-system youth; and mental health and substance abuse.

The commission, established in 2013, includes lawmakers and policy shapers from Indiana courts, child welfare, public health, education and other entities. The commission unveiled its three-year strategic plan for 2017-2019 in December. The commission studies issues concerning vulnerable youth; reviews and makes recommendations concerning pending legislation; and promotes information sharing and best practices.

Commission meetings take place in the Indiana Government Center South from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and are open to the public. The first 2017 meeting will take place Feb. 15 in Conference Room A. Meetings also are scheduled for May 10, Aug. 16 and Nov. 15.

More information on the comission is at www.in.gov/children.

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