CPS cutting basic services to families in budget
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PHOENIX (AP) - Basic services for families are being cut at Arizona's child welfare agency as it tries to adjust to a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.
Documents obtained by the Arizona Republic also show the agency is imposing new guidelines that could limit use of other programs.
One memo cited by the Republic says the shortfall is "affecting the service delivery on our cases, particularly visitation, parent-aide services and transportation costs."
The funding problems threatens to limit supervised visits between parents and their children.
State officials says they have a CPS budget gap of up to $35 million. That's more than 12 percent of the $277 million of state and federal funding provided to the Department of Economic Security division that includes CPS for the budget year that began July 1.
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