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6PHHSDIVISIONPublicHealthandHumanServicesDivisionPHHSprotectsadultsandchildrenmostindangerofbeingvictimized.Itaccomplishesthisthroughinvolvementinchildprotectioncivilcommitmentguardianshipandvulnerableadultmaltreatmentcases.Timelyadjudicationofpaternityestablishmentofchildsupportcasesandotherenforcementactionensuresappropriateeconomicassistancetofamiliesandchildren.PatriciaShafferprocientlyleadstheDivision.TheDivisionled285childprotectionpetitionsin2012upfrom246thepreviousyear.Theseincluded52terminationofparentalrightspetitionsledaskingthecourttofreethesechildrenforadoptionorplacementinsafeandpermanenthomes.Therewere136referralsforcivilcommitmentin2012.Aparticularlyegregiouscaseinvolvedayoungmanwhowhileundertheinuenceofsyntheticdrugsengagedinsignicantselfharmresultinginpermanentlossofhiseyesight.TheDivisionalsoprosecutescrimescommittedbyjuveniles.Juvenilecrimeincludeseverythingfromminoroffensestoviolentcrimesagainstpersons.ForinstancetheDivisionprosecutedajuvenileaccusedofparticipatinginanassaultthatlefta17-year-oldgirlghtingforherlifeafterbeingstabbedinthechestandrepeatedlystruckbyabaseballbat.Inanothercasea17-year-oldmaleactingwithtwoadultsrobbedatknifepointanadultwhowasathomewithhisyoungson.Divisionattorneysareinvolvedincontractslicensingmattersinvolvingdaycareandchildfostercareproviderspublicassistanceeligibilitybenetrecoveryandinvestigationandprosecutionofpublicassistancefraud.TheDivisionactivelyparticipatesinmanymultidisciplinaryteams.ExamplesincludetheSchoolAttendanceReviewBoardSARBAdultProtectionTeamsforNorthandSouthSt.LouisCountyaQuarterlyCollaborativethatincludesrepresentativesfromBoisForteprobationsocialservicesandpublichealthtoaddresschildprotectionandservicetochildrenandaFirstWitnessMultidisciplinaryTeamthataddresseschildabuseissues.LookingtothefuturePHHSattorneyswillstrivetocontinuetheirclosepartnershipwiththecountysPublicHealthandHumanServiceDepartmentthroughtimelyprovisionofsoundlegaladviceandeffectiveadvocacy.PublicHealthHumanServicesDivisionPatriciaShafferPHHSDivisionHeadDuluthOfceJenniferBarryJosephFischerHeatherKorpelaClarissaMcDonaldCharlesSchumacherAngieShambourBenjaminStrombergJoanneVavroskyVirginiaOfceSharonChadwickRenaeDarlandHibbingOfceGayleGoffStaceySundquistInvestigatorsWilliamKleinShawnLaineKatherineFinc2012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORT