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SB197 – Reducing Caseloads for Child Protection Workers

Reducing the caseloads a Child Protection worker so that they are not spread too thin and can pay more attention and spend more resources on a reduced case load is one of the better recommendations of the Child Protection Accountability Commission’s final report on Caseloads and Workloads released in 2019.

This report concluded that child protection treatment worker caseload standards within the Division of Family Services present significant safety risks to children and families. Due to the volume of work generated by a caseload of 18 families, workers are significantly restricted in the time workers can spend on critical case activities, such as family engagement, assessment of safety, and face-to-face contact with children and families.

Senate Bill 197 reduces the caseload from 18 families per worker to 12. To achieve this, funding will be provided to hire additional workers over the next two years.

Senate Bill 197 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Gay, Hansen, Ennis, Lopez
Longhurst, Lambert, Morrison, K.Williams, Briggs King
Current Status: Senate Finance

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