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9:42 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Youth Shelters Change Hands

Tulsa, OK – Commission takes over shelters from Oklahoma DHS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two state youth shelters that were operated by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services are now in the hands of the state Commission on Children and Youth.

The handover that became effective July 1 was part of the terms of a bill overhauling how the state deals with abused and neglected youngsters. It was signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry.

The new law also requires DHS to have a centralized hot line for the public to report child abuse and neglect. It also keeps law enforcement from automatically taking children to shelters, and calls for a reorganization of offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties.

The law was a result of a special audit of DHS's child protection unit completed by an outside firm earlier this year.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com