Brown calls for state hearings on Wordsworth scandal

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., is calling for state House hearings on the Wordsworth youth treatment center scandal.

"As the state representative whose district includes two Wordsworth sites and a member of the House Children and Youth Committee, I am extremely disturbed by what has been reported, above all because of the harm to children, and also because these centers are regulated by state agencies," Brown said. "We need to get to the bottom of this."

Brown will ask two committee chairs to hold hearings: Children and Youth Committee Chair Katharine Watson, R-Bucks; and Human Services Committee Chairman Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks.

Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, Democratic chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, said, "The welfare of children should be our utmost priority. When incidents of neglect or abuse occur, it is our responsibility as legislators to make sure a comprehensive investigation is conducted to ensure our children are protected in the future."

Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, said, "Jointly we will work together to provide the best service for the troubled youth of Wordsworth and children in the commonwealth and look into any and all allegations."