DCYF Oversight Commission – Bill H 7639

This resolution, introduced by Representative Ray Hull in honor of the late Nicholas Alahverdian, would create a nine (9) member special legislative emergency oversight commission on the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and who would report back to the House no later than January 7, 2021, and whose life would expire on March 7, 2021. Track this legislation.

Nicholas Alahverdian

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2020
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2020 — H 7639
House Resolution

CREATING AN EMERGENCY OVERSIGHT COMMISSION ON THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

Introduced By: Representatives Hull, Lombardi, Bennett, and McLaughlin

Date Introduced: February 14, 2020

Referred To: House Judiciary

WHEREAS, The children and adolescents in the care of DCYF are entitled to the protection and care of the state; and

WHEREAS, The children and adolescents in DCYF consistently experience an elementary or secondary education that is markedly turbulent and intermittent; and

WHEREAS, The children and adolescents in DCYF care are entitled to a safe and permanent placement that is conducive to meeting their emotional, academic, and medical needs; and

WHEREAS, There is a contemporary concern regarding abuse and neglect in foster homes, group homes, and treatment facilities; and

WHEREAS, The indelible imprint of abuse and neglect upon any child or adolescent is intolerable; and

WHEREAS, The Children’s Bill of Rights (RIGL § 42-72-15), the United States Constitution, and the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations must be upheld, and children and adolescents in DCYF care must be apprised of their rights in order to recognize abuse and/or neglect that may otherwise go undiscovered; and

WHEREAS, The constitutional right to acquire an attorney is often necessary in navigating legal labyrinths, and children and adolescents are no exception; and

WHEREAS, DCYF social workers are overburdened with an inappropriately excessive amount of cases; and

WHEREAS, The Office of the Child Advocate has consistently found that children and adolescents in DCYF care are subjected to a disproportionate amount of incidents involving abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, Nearly two decades ago, the Rhode Island House of Representatives demanded an end to night-to-night placement, yet it is still being practiced; and

WHEREAS, Legislative oversight and federal court action has failed to ameliorate the troubled condition of DCYF; and

WHEREAS, It is the steadfast opinion of this House that any form of abuse or neglect is wholly intolerable, especially at the hands of those who receive taxpayer funds to provide care and support for this distinct population of Rhode Islanders; and

WHEREAS, Action must be taken to bring an end to abuse and neglect; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby declares that abuse and neglect is unconstitutional and inhumane, especially when inflicted upon children and adolescents already in DCYF care, thus a thorough review of the policies and procedures of DCYF is necessary; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a House emergency oversight commission on DCYF be created consisting of nine (9) members: nine (9) of whom shall be members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, not more than five (5) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House.

The purpose of said commission shall be to investigate any unconstitutional or unethical activities, policies, procedures, or placements that pose an imminent threat of harm and danger to any child or adolescent currently or previously in DCYF care, including those youth in placements that are administered under the auspices of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC).

In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu of a legislator, provided that the Majority Leader or the Minority Leader of the political party which is entitled to the appointment, consents to the member of the general public.

Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select a chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.

All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution. The Speaker of the House is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters for said commission; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than January 7, 2021, and said commission shall expire on March 7, 2021.

Remembering Nicholas Alahverdian through Prayer

From the Chaplain of the NAC

As we continue to remember our brother Nicholas Alahverdian (Click here to read his obituary), let us come together in one heart and one mind. Let us pray for his soul. Let us pray for his cause of improving the Rhode Island Department for Children Youth & Families and creating a DCYF Oversight Commission, a bill currently pending before the Rhode Island General Assembly. Let us pray for children and families around the world.

This prayer is an intercessory prayer asking that Saint Nicholas pray for Nicholas Alahverdian, his family, and children and families in the care of the RI DCYF. 

Whether you are Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, or unaffiliated, you can join with us in this moment of sacred prayer with this prayer or in your own way. When you are finished, please leave a note of condolence for the Alahverdian family on the loss of Nicholas by clicking here: https://everloved.com/life-of/nicholas-alahverdian/memories/?share-memory=2&flow=221

Nicholas Alahverdian
St. Nicholas

A prayer in remembrance of Nicholas Alahverdian

Our Father in Heaven, we come before You to pray a prayer of intercession through St. Nicholas, patron saint of children, broadcasters, sailors, fishermen, and the Nicholas Alahverdian Center. Continue reading Remembering Nicholas Alahverdian through Prayer

Author of ‘Dreading and Hoping All’ Nicholas Alahverdian Discusses First Term Failures of Gov. Gina Raimondo

Note: This article was originally published in October 2018, prior to the election upon which this commentary is based. Ultimately, Gina Raimondo was re-elected, and the problems at DCYF have only worsened, just as political scientist and author of Dreading and Hoping All Nicholas Alahverdian predicted. Director Trista Piccola was fired, preventable abuse has continued to occur, and overspending — to the tune of millions of dollars — is rampant. If Raimondo had not been re-elected, DCYF may have been on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, Raimondo’s natural knack for a lack of leadership has set the tone until the end of her second and final term.  Continue reading Author of ‘Dreading and Hoping All’ Nicholas Alahverdian Discusses First Term Failures of Gov. Gina Raimondo

Vote por Allan Fung el 6 de noviembre

Este año, Rhode Island está envuelto en una importante carrera para gobernador. Realmente solo tienen dos opciones: la republicana Allan Fung y la demócrata Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo podría muy bien ser una planta de Raimondo. Parece que tiene una venganza personal contra Allan Fung que trasciende esta elección. Continue reading Vote por Allan Fung el 6 de noviembre

Why I support Allan Fung for Governor

By Nicholas Alahverdian
Originally published on October 23, 2018

This year, Rhode Island is embroiled in an important race for governor. They really have only two choices: Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo could very well be a Raimondo plant. He seems to have a personal vendetta against Allan Fung that transcends this election. Continue reading Why I support Allan Fung for Governor

Nicholas Alahverdian exige que Gina Raimondo abandone a campanha do governador devido ao abuso generalizado e morte de crianças

Comunicado de imprensa
Para sua liberação imediata
18 de outubro de 2018

O acadêmico de Harvard e ativista da reforma do DCYF, Nicholas Alahverdian, desencadeou um aviso feroz para o povo de Rhode Island hoje depois de descobrir que mais crianças aos cuidados do Departamento de Crianças, Jovens e Famílias de Rhode Island (DCYF) foram assassinado ou quase morto desde que governador Gina Raimondo e presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello subiram ao poder no governo do estado. Continue reading Nicholas Alahverdian exige que Gina Raimondo abandone a campanha do governador devido ao abuso generalizado e morte de crianças

Nicholas Alahverdian exige a Gina Raimondo abandonar la campaña del gobernador debido a un amplio abuso y muerte de niños

Presione soltar
Para su liberación inmediata
18 de octubre de 2018

Gina Raimondo

El académico de Harvard y activista de la reforma de DCYF, Nicholas Alahverdian, desató una feroz advertencia a la gente de Rhode Island hoy después de descubrir que más niños al cuidado del Departamento de Niños, Jóvenes y Familias de Rhode Island (DCYF) han sido asesinados o casi asesinados desde que el Gobernador Gina Raimondo y el presidente de la cámara de representantes Nicholas Mattiello se han elevado al poder en el gobierno estatal. Continue reading Nicholas Alahverdian exige a Gina Raimondo abandonar la campaña del gobernador debido a un amplio abuso y muerte de niños

Time to go, Raimondo: Nicholas Alahverdian releases 2018 endorsements for upcoming November election

It’s that time again. And Gina Raimondo’s days before losing the election are numbered.

The signs and pins come out.

Your door is knocked upon by seemingly friendly and overexcited volunteers.

You’re caught off guard by the random candidates you’ve seen on tv standing on line at Dunkin’ Donuts (we can still call it that for the time being, right?).

It’s election season. Continue reading Time to go, Raimondo: Nicholas Alahverdian releases 2018 endorsements for upcoming November election