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The Children's Cabinet (1991-present) | State Archives Catalog

Name: The Children's Cabinet (1991-present)

Historical Note:

The Children’s Cabinet was established per 1991 Public Law Chapter 339 as follows:

§ 42-72.5-1  Establishment. – There is established within the executive branch of state government a children's cabinet. The cabinet shall be comprised of: the director of the department of administration; the director of the department of children, youth, and families; the director of the department of mental health, retardation, and hospitals; the director of the department of health; the commissioner of higher education; the commissioner of elementary and secondary education; the director of the department of human services; the chief information officer; the director of the department of labor and training; the director of the department of elderly affairs; and the director of policy in the governor's office. The governor shall designate one of the members of the cabinet to be chairperson.

The purpose of the cabinet is to meet monthly to address all issues that relate to children’s needs and services; review, amend and propose all interagency agreements necessary to provide coordinated services to children; produce an annual comprehensive children’s budget; produce a comprehensive five (5) year statewide plan and proposed budget for an integrated state child service system; and report on its activities at least three (3) times per year to the Permanent Legislative Commission on the Department for Children and Their Families.  The Division of Planning in the Department of Administration provides staff support to the cabinet (RIGL § 42-72.5-3 )


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