INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Eric Holcomb says he will make $25 million available immediately from the state's surplus to help improve Indiana's Department of Child Services.
The move follows recommendations released Monday by The Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group which was hired by Holcomb in Dec. 2017 to conduct a thorough review of DCS.
Holcomb says the system wasn't working as it should have and "it's time to turn it around."
CWG conducted a six-month assessment of the agency and developed 20 recommendations based upon its findings.
Reviewed 600 stakeholders and federal records, internal plans, random @IndianaDCS cases, quality assurance. Found nearly highest state in rate of abuse and neglect referrals, accepts more reports than national average
CWG found that 45 percent of family case managers have caseloads above state standards. Also, some supervisors oversee 11 family case managers. CWG recommends getting that ratio to 1:5.
.@IndianaDCS director Terry Stinson says “we hear you” to employees who are overworked. Hired 34 attorneys since January. Says overwhelmed caseloads is not acceptable @rtv6 . Will expand mental health services for employees pic.twitter.com/FMAmvnyvV3