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Children's Commission Has Three-Year Strategic Plan And New Chairperson
Updated February 10, 2017 6:34 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana continues its work with a three-year strategic plan, newly named Chairperson, and 2017 meeting schedule. Details are available online at

Senator Erin Houchin will serve as the Chairperson for 2017. The Commission's three-year strategic plan has also been announced. It includes establishing four task forces which will have co-chairpersons, some are yet to be named:

  • Child Safety and Services Task Force (Sam Criss)
  • Educational Outcomes Task Force (Melaina Gant)
  • Juvenile Justice & Cross-System Youth (Judge Charles Pratt & Don Travis)
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Senator Randall Head)

The Commission developed a mobile-friendly information sharing guide to serve as a statewide policy standard for sharing information for professionals working with children.

Commission meetings take place in the Indiana Government Center South from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and are open to the public. The following is the 2017 schedule:

  • February 15 (Conference Room A)
  • May 10
  • August 16
  • November 15

The Commission was established in 2013 as a multi-branch entity with the aim of improving the status of children in Indiana. It studies issues concerning vulnerable youth; reviews and makes recommendations concerning pending legislation; and promotes information sharing and best practices.

Media can contact Mariah Clark of Senator Houchin's office at, 317-232-9488; Department of Child Services Communications Director James Wide at, 317.234.3924; or Indiana Supreme Court Chief Public Information Officer Kathryn Dolan at

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