Data Effort Aims to Help Reduce Child Deaths

In the hope of reducing child fatalities in Texas, the department that oversees the state’s Child Protective Services division has ramped up its efforts to conduct predictive data analysis and reduce the turnover of CPS caseworkers, the agency’s commissioner told a state Senate panel Thursday.

“I don’t want to lose the fact that every child we lose is an individual,” John Specia, commissioner of Texas Family and Protective Services, told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The panel met Thursday to address interim charges on Child Protective Services and women’s health.

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