June 23, 2021
“Ensuring that when parents or any perpetrator is accused of abuse or neglect, that the department do its due diligence and inform them of their rights and the processes involved,” State Rep. Minjarez explains.
Those rights include recording interactions, like the Brights did, and calling for a review of an investigation’s findings.
“We saw that those who did take advantage of an administrative review - it's like an appeal - there was a high percentage of those findings that were overturned,” State Rep. Minjarez says.
Other new laws raise the standards for neglect and allow caregivers in abuse cases to seek a second medical opinion.
Altogether, the new laws are meant to hold the system accountable.