Nixon Seeking $6 Million More For Missouri Children’s Division

Gov. Jay Nixon announced his new plan for Missouri's Bright Flight Scholarship on Nov. 25 at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City. | Photo from
Gov. Jay Nixon is said to want an additional $6 million for the state Children's Division in fiscal 2015. | Photo from

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to pump millions into improving Missouri’s child welfare division, which has been plagued with high turnover, overwhelming caseloads and low pay, the agency’s new leader said.

Tim Decker, Children’s Division director since November, said Nixon plans to propose “an additional $6 million investment” as part of his fiscal 2015 budget proposal. The money will go to recruit, train and retain workers; hire investigators; upgrade computer systems; and provide pay increases for more than 850 staff members.

Though the increase would represent just a small bump in the division’s total budget — roughly 1 percent — it would provide money to key areas where the state system struggles.

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