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State:                    Arkansas
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:  

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

Marilyn Sanders, CRP Coordinator, Logan County

Sherrie Bell, CRP Coordinator, Ouachita County

Jeffery Phillips, CRP Coordinator, Pope County

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.

2007 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report for Jefferson County

2006 Annual Report

2005 Annual Report

2003 Annual Report

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