BROOKLYN - (AP) - New York City's child welfare agency is making anumber of changes to improve how it deals with children withcomplex medical issues after the death of a 4-year-old Brooklyn girl underits care.

The changes include strengthening how the Administration forChildren's Services monitors agencies contracted to help familiesdeal with problems. It will hire specialists trained to deal withchildren with medical problems who can advise workers dealing withsuch cases.

The changes were announced in a report issued a week afterMarchella Brett-Pierce's caseworkers were charged with criminallynegligent homicide in her death.

Also Thursday, the City Council announced $13.6 million infunding will be secured for services aimed at preventing abuse andneglect.

City spent $11 million on provider for dead girl Death of BK girl, 4, prompts grand jury review DA opens criminal probe in death of 4-year-old 2 ACS workers suspended following 4-year-old's death