HOUSE BILL No. 1743
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
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
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
(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
(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
(1) must have sufficient qualified and trained staff at all times
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.