Contact Person: Lindsay McCoy, DCFS Program Manager, Division of Children and Family Services
Contact Address: 700 Main Street, P.O. Box 1437, Slot S560, Little Rock, AR
Contact Phone: 501-682-8008
Brief Description: Arkansas has 4 Citizen Review Panels which were started in 1999. The Panels cover Carroll, Logan, Ouachita, and Pope Counties
Each panel has a coordinator who is responsible for convening the panel in their respective counties. The coordinator submits an annual report, including recommendations, to the Division of Children and Family Services. Recommendations are reviewed by State staff and responses are developed to provide feedback to the panel coordinators.
Citizen Review Panel Coordinator contacts:
Dr. Merlin Leach, CRP Coordinator, Carroll County firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Sanders, CRP Coordinator, Logan County email@example.com
Sherrie Bell, CRP Coordinator, Ouachita County firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffery Phillips, CRP Coordinator, Pope County email@example.com
Sample of Current/Work Projects/Focus:
· Case specific reviews/investigations
· Fatalities and near fatalities due to child maltreatment
· Domestic Violence
· Discussions of agency initiatives and how those relate to panel function
Budget Amount and Source: $36,000 from CAPTA funds. The Citizen Review Panels are contracted through the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services to provide program coordination.