Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Today DHS Commission Scheduled to Consider Settlement Changes

Oklahoma City—The Contingency Review Board (CRB) met over two days last week to discuss a settlement agreement in the DG vs. Yarbrough case, a federal class action civil rights lawsuit involving Oklahoma’s child welfare system.
The DHS Commission is schedule to hold a special commission meeting this evening at 5:30 in the commission room of the Sequoyah Building. It is anticipated that much of the meeting will be held in executive session due to a gag order by the judge that remains in effect. 
“While the terms of the settlement continue to remain confidential, I can say that the terms are unique in this kind of litigation," said DHS Director Howard Hendrick. "We are pleased that the Governor, Speaker and President Pro Tempore agreed that the unique provisions of this proposed settlement were found to be beneficial. We look forward to working with them as we move the settlement process forward and begin to implement the terms of the ultimate settlement.
"The future improvements, the details of which must yet be developed, are to be outlined in a framework that both sides hope will satisfy our shared desire to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.”

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