Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1743

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 12-13-14.5-3.5; IC 31-33-2-2.

Synopsis: Child caseworker caseload ratios. Establishes maximum caseload ratios for child protection and child welfare caseworkers. Requires local child protection services to maintain sufficient staff at all times to comply with the maximum caseload ratios.

Effective: July 1, 2005.





Budak, Becker, Dickinson, Walorski




    January 19, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs.







Introduced

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1743



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 12-13-14.5-3.5; (05)IN1743.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 12-13-14.5-3.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 3.5. (a) A child protection caseworker or a child welfare caseworker may not be assigned work that exceeds the following maximum caseload levels at any time:
         (1) For caseworkers assigned only initial assessments, including investigations of an allegation of child abuse or neglect, twelve (12) active cases per month per caseworker.
        (2) For caseworkers assigned only ongoing cases, seventeen (17) active families per caseworker.
        (3) For caseworkers assigned a combination of initial assessments and ongoing cases under subdivisions (1) and (2), four (4) investigations and ten (10) active ongoing cases per caseworker.

     (b) The local child protection service shall comply with the maximum caseload ratios described in subsection (a).
SOURCE: IC 31-33-2-2; (05)IN1743.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 31-33-2-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 2. The local child protection service:
        (1) must have sufficient qualified and trained staff at all times to:
             (A) fulfill the purpose of this article; and
            (B) comply with the maximum caseload ratios for:
                (i) child protection caseworkers; and
                (ii) child welfare caseworkers;
            set forth in IC 12-13-14.5-3.5;

        (2) must be organized to maximize the continuity of responsibility, care, and service of individual caseworkers toward individual children and families;
        (3) must provide training to representatives of the child protective services system regarding the legal duties of the representatives, which may consist of various methods of informing the representatives of their duties, in order to protect the legal rights and safety of children and families from the initial time of contact during the investigation through treatment; and
        (4) must provide training to representatives of the child protective services system regarding the constitutional rights of the child's family, including a child's guardian or custodian, that is the subject of an investigation of child abuse or neglect consistent with the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.