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Toddler's Death Prompts Changes At NYC's Administration for Children's Services

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The city's Administration for Children's Services is making changes to improve how it deals with children with complex medical issues after the death of a 4-year-old girl under its care.

The changes include strengthening how the ACS monitors agencies contracted to help families deal with problems. It will also hire trained specialists who can advise workers dealing with children facing medical problems.

The changes were announced in a report issued a week after Marchella Brett-Pierce's caseworkers were charged with criminally negligent homicide in her death.

Also Thursday, the City Council announced $13.6 million in funding will be secured for services aimed at preventing abuse and neglect.

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