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State agency faces backlog of abuse investigations

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The state agency in charge of protecting Minnesota's vulnerable adults and children is struggling with a growing backlog of investigations into maltreatment allegations.

According to the Star Tribune, the number of reports assigned by the Department of Human Services for field investigations or death reviews rose 10 percent, to 1,053, in the year ending last July 1.

In a report released Monday, the department is asking the Legislature for additional investigators to help tackle a backlog that has nearly doubled to 724 cases in the last 18 months.

Inspector General Jerry Kerber says the governor's budget proposal would add about a dozen positions, including eight investigators. The new jobs would come primarily from higher fees on businesses regulated by the DHS. That proposal has run into resistance at the Capitol.

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