senate Bill S7524

Directs local social services districts to annually report on the caseloads of their child protective services employees

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  • 15 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1619
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9873

Summary

Directs local social services districts to annually report on the caseloads of their child protective services employees.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9873
Versions:
S7524
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง427-b, Soc Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S7524

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to establishing an annual report on child protective services employee
caseloads

PURPOSE:

This legislation will create an annual report on child protective
services caseloads

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. directs each local social services district to prepare an
annual report describing the average caseload, on a per month, per
employee basis for child protective services employees. The report
will be published no later than June 30th of each year and include
information from the last fiscal year. In subsequent years, the report
shall include comparative data for up to five prior fiscal years if it
is available. Furthermore this section details what the report shall
contain:

(a) The total number of non-supervisory full-time child protective
services employees;

(b) The number of supervisory full-time child protective services
employees;

(c) The number of both full-time and part-time paraprofessional staff;

(d) The average number of active cases per full-time non-supervisory
child protective services employee (not including paraprofessional
staff);

(e) The average number of active cases per full-time supervisory child
protective services employee per month (not including paraprofessional
staff);

(f) The total number of non-supervisory child protective services
employees with an average monthly caseload of over fifteen;

(g) The total number of child protective services employees hired by
the district during the fiscal year;

(h) The total number of child protective services employees that
resigned or were terminated during the fiscal year;

(i) The total number of civil service tests offered during the fiscal
year to hire additional child protective services employees, and total
number of employees on a hiring list for a position at the end of the
fiscal year; and

(j) an explanation by the district of steps that they are taking to
lower the average caseload of child protective services employees.

This section also provides that reports be made available to the
public via the Office of Children and Family Services website.


Section 2. is the enacting clause.

JUSTIFICATION:

This report will provide important information that can lead an
improvement in child protective services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7524

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing  an
  annual report on child protective services employee caseloads

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  The social services law is amended by adding a new section
427-b to read as follows:
  S 427-B. CASELOAD REPORTS. 1.  EACH  LOCAL  SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICT
SHALL PREPARE AN ANNUAL REPORT DESCRIBING THE AVERAGE CASELOAD, ON A PER
MONTH  PER EMPLOYEE BASIS, FOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES EMPLOYEES. SUCH
REPORT SHALL BE PUBLISHED NO LATER THAN JUNE  THIRTIETH  OF  EACH  YEAR,
BEGINNING  IN TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, AND SHALL REPORT INFORMATION ON THE
BASIS OF THE LAST COMPLETED FISCAL YEAR. IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS, THE REPORT
SHALL INCLUDE COMPARATIVE DATA FOR UP TO FIVE PRIOR FISCAL YEARS IF SUCH
DATA IS AVAILABLE. THE REPORT SHALL BE DELIVERED TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  CHILDREN  AND  FAMILY SERVICES, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE
SENATE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE ASSEM-
BLY COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, AND SHALL BE  AVAILABLE  TO  THE
PUBLIC  ON  THE  LOCAL  SOCIAL  SERVICE  DISTRICT'S PUBLIC WEBSITE. SUCH
REPORTS SHALL CONTAIN, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) THE TOTAL NUMBER OF  NON-SUPERVISORY  FULL-TIME  CHILD  PROTECTIVE
SERVICES EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, NOT INCLUDING
PARAPROFESSIONAL STAFF;
  (B)  THE  NUMBER  OF  SUPERVISORY  FULL-TIME CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, NOT INCLUDING PARAPRO-
FESSIONAL STAFF;
  (C) THE NUMBER OF  BOTH  FULL  AND  PART-TIME  PARAPROFESSIONAL  STAFF
EMPLOYED AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR;
  (D)  THE  AVERAGE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES PER FULL-TIME NON-SUPERVISORY
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES EMPLOYEE PER MONTH, NOT INCLUDING  PARAPROFES-
SIONAL STAFF FOR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15142-01-4

S. 7524                             2

  (E) THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES PER FULL-TIME SUPERVISORY CHILD
PROTECTIVE  SERVICES  EMPLOYEE PER MONTH, NOT INCLUDING PARAPROFESSIONAL
STAFF FOR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES;
  (F)  THE  TOTAL  NUMBER  OF  NON-SUPERVISORY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
EMPLOYEES WITH AN AVERAGE MONTHLY CASELOAD OF OVER FIFTEEN;
  (G) THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE  EMPLOYEES  HIRED  BY
THE DISTRICT DURING THE FISCAL YEAR;
  (H)  THE  TOTAL  NUMBER  OF  CHILD  PROTECTIVE  SERVICE EMPLOYEES THAT
RESIGNED OR WERE TERMINATED DURING THE FISCAL YEAR;
  (I) THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CIVIL SERVICE TESTS OFFERED DURING THE  FISCAL
YEAR  TO  HIRE  ADDITIONAL  CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES EMPLOYEES, AND THE
TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES ON A HIRING LIST FOR A POSITION AT THE END  OF
THE FISCAL YEAR; AND
  (J)  AN  EXPLANATION  BY THE DISTRICT OF STEPS THAT THEY ARE TAKING TO
LOWER THE AVERAGE CASELOAD FOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES EMPLOYEES.
  2. SUCH REPORTS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE OFFICE OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES PUBLIC WEBSITE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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