Bizon comments on his foster care reforms

LANSING, Mich.Senate Bill 100, the final measure to enable the statewide implementation of the bipartisan foster care reform laws spearheaded by Sen. John Bizon, M.D. last year, has been signed into law.

Sponsored by Bizon, SB 100 will ensure compliance with federal funding requirements for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) for foster children.

“Regardless of how well prevention programs work, some children will need to be placed in residential facilities,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “If Michigan does not comply with the new federal QRTP standards, the state risks losing federal funding to support these children.”

Last year the governor signed legislation Bizon sponsored to help support children in foster care or those who are entering foster care. That law focuses on the placement of foster children with families in the community.

“We must do all we can to limit the traumatization of children who are likely to enter foster care by preventing them from ever entering the system,” Bizon said. “These laws will help keep kids out of the foster system.”

The reforms are set to take effect on Thursday.