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Survey: Eight out 10 Hoosier employers affected by prescription drug abuse and misuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One of the riskiest things you could do as a Hoosier adult used to be to get behind the wheel – something most of us do every single day. Today, adults in Indiana are more likely to die from a prescription drug overdose than in a car crash. A recent survey […]

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Department of Child Services to add more than 100 caseworkers to help ease burden

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence announced on Thursday morning the Indiana Department of Child Services would add 113 additional caseworkers. The move comes just a day before DCS will present their annual report before the state budget committee. “I’m proud of the efforts they have made but nevertheless because we’re talking […]

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Sen. Donnelly requests updates on INSPECT program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly addressed his support of INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), in a letter to Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday. Donnelly requested a briefing on the INSPECT program in an effort to work with Pence to better respond to ongoing prescription drug abuse challenges in Indiana. […]

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New law: Juvenile delinquents will be screened for abuse, neglect

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Kids who are abused and neglected are significantly more likely to be convicted of a crime as a juvenile. That’s why a new state law will require that minors in criminal detention are screened to see if they are victims as well. “After 20 years working with children, I […]

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Zoeller announces new victim services division

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Thursday the addition of a new Victim Services and Outreach Division to his office. The goal is to focus resources on helping victims of sexual assault and abuse. The Attorney General’s Office will offer training and information on human trafficking and other […]

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Applications sought for domestic violence grants

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced on Wednesday it will be offering Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment and Services/Training/Officers/Prosecutors grants addressing violent crimes against women. The Indiana legislature created the fund in 1992 as a way to support various domestic violence issues, including abuse, neglect and exploitation of victims. The […]

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Public health emergency extended for Scott County

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order on Monday that extends the public health emergency in Scott County as the number of HIV cases in the area continues to grow. Pence extended the emergency 30 more days. “We have no higher priority than the health and safety of our […]

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Pence requests $15 million for 100 caseworkers over two years

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has asked lawmakers for $15 million in additional funding over the next two years to hire 100 more caseworkers and 17 supervisors for the Department of Child Services. The additional staff should bring the agency in line with caseload guidelines in state law, according to a […]

Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The domestic violence scandal that has rocked the NFL has opened a national conversation about the issue and led thousands of women to call hotlines seeking help for their own abuse. That’s good news. But the influx is also stretching nonprofit groups already operating on a shoestring. Fortunately in […]

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Domestic violence shelters get money, more could be on the way

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state criminal justice board approved $1.9 million in state grants for domestic violence programs across Indiana on Friday – but left another $1.1 million unspent for now as demands for services spike. The grants mean that 42 organizations will receive the same amount of state money as they […]

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