ON ASSEMBLY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMITTEE 2/7/17
IMPLEMENT CHILD PROTECTIVE CASELOAD STANDARDS
A4049 Lupardo / S3146 Golden
The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families supports the above referenced legislation.
This bill amends various sections of the Social Services Law to require the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to promulgate regulations relating to workload standards for child protective services (CPS) workers.
Currently, state law does not limit the number of active investigations each CPS worker may have at one time. However, best practice recommendations from a 2006 OCFS report states that CPS workers should have no more than 12 active cases per month. This bill would implement a standard of 15 cases.
Very few counties in New York State meet this recommended level. Some counties have average caseloads as high as 70 per month. With such high levels, it is impossible for staff to devote the proper amount of time to these critically important cases. In addition, excessive caseload is a cause of high turnover and low morale amongst CPS workers and serves as an impediment to recruiting new employees.
Children who are abused or maltreated deserve to have their cases fully and properly investigated. However, the lack of a uniform workload standard prevents this from happening. This legislation will ensure that CPS staff is able to dedicate themselves to each abuse and maltreatment case and will help ensure that children will not be further victimized.
Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.
For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.