The May 2010 data shows 70% of social workers, who served at least one child in out-of-home care, carried 18 or fewer cases.
This measure counts workers who primarily serve children in placement (Child and Family Welfare Services) and workers who only sporadically serve children in placement (Child Protective Services) in any given month.
The trend appears stable over this fiscal year; however, as explained in Measure 1.1, the data logic for this report is imprecise. With new caseload and workload reports, DSHS will be better able to target caseload reduction efforts. Managers are consulting with the Braam Panel in developing the new reports.
Caseloads are affected by children and youth entering and leaving out-of-home care. DSHS continues to focus on permanency planning and court improvement strategies, as well as other practice and service enhancements. A concentrated effort in FY 2009 led to large numbers of children achieving permanency. The children that remain are the most difficult to stabilize in permanent homes. Therefore, we expect progress to slow somewhat in FY 2010.