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State closing Child and Family Services office in Livingston

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The state of Montana confirmed it will close the Child and Family Services office in Livingston, marking the fourth public services office in Park County to close in less than a year.

According to the Livingston Enterprise, that office will be closed along with Livingston’s Department of Health and Human Services.

DPHHS Public Information Officer, Jon Ebelt, says the closure is the result of a re-allocation of resources, specifically a case load in Billings that is four times higher than in the rest of the state.

Five of the six employees at the Child and Family Services office in Livingston will be moved to Billings, one will be moved to Bozeman. Most Livingston cases will now be presented in Bozeman’s Gallatin County Child and Family Services location.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Park and Sweet Grass Counties, a nonprofit which provides volunteer advocates for child abuse or neglect victims, responded to the confirmation, saying, “We are shocked and deeply troubled… the removal of this office drastically increases the risk of continued child abuse, neglect, and harm.” The organization says on its website that it covers 100% of child abuse and neglect cases in the district.

The closure is expected on August 6, 2018.

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