Bentley Administration announces creation of Children’s Cabinet

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced Tuesday afternoon the creation of the Alabama Children’s Cabinet.

The Cabinet will include members of existing state agencies who will work together to “maximize efficiency in the use of state resources, reduce duplication of services and create a greater return of state tax dollars,” according to a press release from the governor’s office announcing the new body. 

“Alabama’s children are our future, and we must ensure that their needs are being met just as we do with adults,” said Bentley at the announcement of the Cabinet’s creation. “Whether it is education, health care, nutrition programs, or other needs, children need someone to advocate for what is best for them. We have put together a great group of individuals, already working hard on children’s issues, that has the knowledge and experience necessary to improve the lives of the children of Alabama. The Children’s Cabinet will be an important group dedicated to Alabama’s children”

The Cabinet will consist of the director, or an appointed delegate from the State Department of EducationAlabama Department of Human ResourcesAlabama Medicaid AgencyAlabama Department of Public HealthAlabama Department of Mental HealthAlabama Department of Early Childhood EducationAlabama Department of Youth ServicesAlabama Department of Rehabilitation ServicesAlabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, and the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs.

The Cabinet, created by Executive Order 17, is created effective immediately, and must meet monthly, and is given authority to develop its own rules. According to the governor’s office, the members of the Children’s Cabinet will receive no additional compensation for the position.

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