The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana has set a three-year plan emphasizing child safety and services, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse and educational outcomes as key priorities.
The plan is included in the commission’s annual report released Monday. The report explores the commission’s collaborative work across the three branches of government, particularly to serve the state’s most vulnerable children. The efforts listed in the report include developing an information-sharing mobile smartphone app and evaluating innovative juvenile justice programs as required under House Enrolled Act 1369, passed during the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Established in August 2013, the commission studies issues concerning vulnerable youth; reviews and makes recommendations concerning pending legislation; and promotes information sharing and best practices. The Commission’s next meetings are August 16 and November 8. More information about the commission is available here.