LANSING, Mich., July 9, 2024 — A follow-up state audit report was released today outlining how the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) investigates child abuse allegations. After the report was issued, state Rep. Stephanie A. Young (D-Detroit), chair of the House committee on Families, Children and Seniors, issued the following statement:

“I believe it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our children, especially those of us in government. I am aware of the previous findings of the Auditor General under the Snyder administration and am encouraged by the Auditor General’s acknowledgement of the work MDHHS has done to improve in this area. That said, I also acknowledge there is still much more work to do to ensure the most vulnerable, our children, are safe and protected from all forms of abuse.

“As chair of the Families, Children and Seniors committee, the wellbeing of all of Michigan’s children is a top priority, including those who live with their families, in foster care or are in the juvenile justice system. I am going to thoroughly review the report from the Office of the Auditor General, and will meet with MDHHS to further discuss opportunities to support them and ensure accountability.”