Child services agency exceeding caseload standard

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of Indiana’s Department of Child Services say it isn’t meeting state-mandated caseload standards but aren’t asking for money to hire more child welfare workers.

The agency’s chief of staff told the State Budget Committee on Wednesday that only one of its 19 regions is meeting the workload standards for case workers. State law requires DCS family case managers to average no more than 12 initial assessments or 17 ongoing cases per worker.

DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says she wants the agency to complete an updated workload analysis before seeking money for more case workers. Bonaventura says the current standard might be obsolete since case managers’ duties have changed in the last few years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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