CPS Plans to Have Investigations Started on Ignored Cases by End of January
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By January 31, Child Protective Services plans to have started (or completed) investigations into the cases that have been ignored over the last three years.
The Department of Economic Security, which oversees CPS -- or is supposed to, at least -- finally released its plan for how the agency's going to deal with 6,110 calls to the CPS hotline that never got assigned to investigators.
It's been nearly two weeks since this problem was discovered, as the Office of Child Welfare Investigations found all these cases had been marked "Not Investigated," so they'd never see an investigator's desk.
Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter and Office of Child Welfare Investigations Chief Detective Gregory McKay said they didn't know the source of the problem right now, and the Department of Public Safety is supposed to do an administrative review.
Meanwhile, the effort to investigate these cases already has begun.
Just yesterday, workers finished going through all the ignored cases of 2013, a total of 2,919 cases. Ten of those required an "immediate response" from investigators. Twenty-three cases include "potential criminal conduct," essentially an allegation of child abuse or sexual abuse, as defined by state law.
Of those nearly 3,000 cases from this year, 879 were categorized for "potential alternative investigation." According to CPS definitions:
A disposition assigned to a report by a CPS Supervisor, when all children living in the home have been observed by a professional mandated reporting source and determined not to be a victim of child maltreatment.Nearly 1,800 of the cases were categorized as needing a field investigation, so those finally will be given to a case worker (case workers whose caseloads already are well above the standards, by the way).