Doug Racine

New England News
8:27 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Vt. Report: Impaired Parolees Need Better Services


A Vermont legislative committee says the state should add early intervention services for parolees with mental illness, substance abuse or other problems to help them stay out of trouble.

The draft report says the services should be considered a priority over the addition of any new residential facilities for this group of parolees.

The special committee was created after Human Services Secretary Doug Racine sounded an alarm about the ballooning costs for services for people coming out of prison who weren't eligible for Medicaid.

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North Country News
5:22 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Shumlin Hit on Funding Source for Child Care

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

Top officials with the administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin are defending his proposal to take $17 million from benefits for low-income working Vermonters and use it to subsidize child care for the same category of people.

Human Services Secretary Doug Racine said Tuesday that good child care is an investment that will pay off in better outcomes later in life. He also argued that the earned income tax credit, from which Shumlin wants to take the money, may not be the best use of the state's money.

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