Gov. Holcomb to take $25 million from state surplus to help the Department of Child Services

Six-month assessment of DCS released Monday

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.

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. 

In addition to the $25 million to support DCS in key areas, Former Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer has been appointed by DCS Director Terry Stigdon to serve as DCS associate director.

Meyer will focus on implementing the recommendations of the CWG report.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he will hold a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, in Room 404 of the Statehouse, to formally review CWG's assessment.

Read the entire CWG report below or click here

 

 

 

Watch Gov. Holcomb's press conference on the CWG report:

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