- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families has adopted several recommendations by a Senate task force that studied the agency as it faces significant fiscal problems.

Health and Human Services Chief Strategy Officer Jamia McDonald said Wednesday that DCYF has completed seven of the 20 recommendations, and 11 more are in progress.

McDonald made the comments during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

McDonald says DCYF has had a deficit the past five of six years. She says the department is hampered by outdated technology and non-casework tasks.

The task force said in December that DCYF should more closely monitor two nonprofit networks it works with and be more involved with family services. It says overspending is a key problem.

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