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11/10/2017 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Oversight Committee to hear assessment of RI Training School, DCYF progress on child fatalities
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on Oversight is scheduled to meet Tuesday for a hearing on the Rhode Island Training School, as well as an update on child fatalities.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House.

The committee is scheduled to hear a presentation from DCYF Director Trista Piccola on the Oct. 6, 2017 assessment of the Rhode Island Training School. On July 27, Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered a top-to-bottom review of the Rhode Island Training School within the Department of Children, Youth and Families after serious incidents involving the health and safety of youth residents and staff.

The panel will also hear an update on the Department of Children, Youth and Families’ progress on meeting the recommendations in the March 2017 report by the Child Fatality Review Panel. The update will be given by Rhode Island Child Advocate Jennifer Griffith.

The report by the Child Fatality Review Panel examined the cases of six young children who suffered neglect or abuse from adults in the past year. Four of the children are dead. They ranged in age from 2 to 18 months.

The House Oversight Committee is chaired by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).

The meeting will be broadcast live on Capitol Television, Cox Channel 15, Cox HD channel 1013, and Verizon Fios channel 34. The video will also stream live on

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903