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ThePublicHealthandHumanServicesDivisionledbyPatriciaShaeriscomprisedo12attorneysand3investigators.ThedivisionisresponsibleorprosecutingjuveniledelinquencycaseshandlinglegalactionsrelatedtochildprotectioncivilcommitmentguardianshippaternityandchildsupportmattersinvestigatingandprosecutingpublicassistanceraudandprovidinglegalrepresentationandadvicetothecountysPublicHealthandHumanServicesDepartment.Theincidentsochildabuseandneglectrequiringlegalinvolvementincreased12percentin2013.Childprotectionpetitionsfledin20112012and2013were246285and319respectively.Correspondinglytherewasanincreaseinlegalactionstosecureapermanencyplanorchildrenwhocouldnotbereturnedhome.In2013thedivisionfled103permanencypetitionsuprom93in2012.Drugsandalcoholplayasignifcantactorinmanyothepetitionsfledbythedivision.ForinstanceinAugustdrugoralcoholusewasaactorin62percentothepetitionsfled.Childrenbeingletunsupervisedtheirneedsunmetorbeingoundindangerouscircumstances--suchasexposuretodrugactivityorviolenceinthehome--areotherconcernsotenoundinthesesamereports.Juvenilecrimecontinuesonadownwardtrend.Thedivisionreceived1769reerralsin2013downrom1815in2012and1878in2011.Truancyotenviewedasagatewaytouturecrimewasalsodown.ThedivisionparticipatesinaSchoolAttendanceReviewBoardwhichisacollaborativeeorttoaddresstruancyintheschoolsbeoregoingtocourt.ThedivisionalsooperatesajuvenilediversionprogramknownastheYouthAccountabilityProgram.Diversionprogramsholdjuvenilesaccountableortheircrimesandpromoterehabilitationwhilemeetingtheneedsovictimsandpublicsaety.In2013358childrenparticipatedinourdiversionprogram.Juvenilecrimesrangeromstatusoensesbasedonageuptoseriouselonycases.Thedivisionsuccessullycertifedtobetriedasanadulta17-year-oldjuvenileaccusedoandsubsequentlyconvictedosecond-degreemurderorbludgeoningamantodeath.Representationoncivilcommitmentmatterswasup10percentin2013with150casesopened.Thisyearthedivisionsuccessullysoughttheindeterminatecommitmentoasexoenderwithahistoryosexuallyassaultingwomen.Hehadbeencontinuinghisassaultivebehaviordespiteextensivetreatmentandincarceration.ThedivisionassiststhecountysPublicHealthandHumanServicesDepartmentschildsupportunitinestablishingpaternity.In2013593paternityactionswereinitiated.Thecountyschildsupportunitboastsarecordomanysuccessulandcontinuousyearsoexceedingtheederalbenchmarksorpaternityestablishment.Establishingpaternityisthefrststepintheprocesstogettingsupportinplaceorchildren.Thedivisionalsoprovidedrepresentationtothechildsupportuniton466otherestablishmentandenorcementmatters.LookingtotheuturethedivisionwillworkwiththecountyPHHSagencytopromotegreaterawarenessandpreventionoabuseandexploitationovulnerableadults.WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEYPatriciaShaerPHHSDivisionHeadDuluthOfceJennierBarryJosephFischerHeatherKorpelaClarissaMcDonaldCharlesSchumacherAngieShambourBenjaminStrombergJoanneVavroskyHibbingOfceGayleGoStaceySundquistVirginiaOfceSharonChadwickRenaeDarlandInvestigatorsKatherineFincWilliamKleinShawnLainePublicHealthHumanServicesDivision5PHHSDIVISION