What They’re Watching: Allison Krutsinger, DCYF Office of Government Affairs & Community Engagement


Shane Ersland


Allison Krutsinger is the Director of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families Office of Government Affairs & Community Engagement. She discussed some department initiatives at our 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference


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Krutsinger said the department is focused on prevention strategies that can help keep youths from deeper penetration into juvenile justice systems, ensure families have safe and stable care for their children, provide stable child care, and access to quality learning services.

“That hasn’t been the focus, largely, of state systems,” Krutsinger said. “We sort of react to crisis, and then build systems and funding streams to react to crisis at a deep-end intervention phase. So, I think we have a real opportunity to zone in on the upstream and prevention strategies that support families.”