Concord – SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members from the Department of Health and Human Services including Child Protective Service Workers (CPSW) appeared before the Senate to testify in favor of SB 6, which aligns workloads to nationally accepted standards by appropriating the necessary funding to address inadequate staffing and high caseloads among other concerns.
Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, CPSW Amelia Hogan described the untenable situation she and her colleagues face on a daily basis. “We are all doing the work of two people. Without a massive infrastructure change and a large amount of money we will continue to see child fatalities, failing case reviews and a new generation of traumatized young adults who will fall victim to the same vices as their parents and continue the cycle of poverty, addiction and incarceration.”
We thank the members who showed up to testify– their support is crucial to passing this bill. “To me, this legislation is the best recruitment and retention tool the legislature could enact for these workers and shows that the state is committed to fully investing in the mission these workers do,” said Richard Gulla, president SEA/SEIU Local 1984.
The bill would add 57 new caseworkers and 20 new supervisor positions to alleviate the fact that the state’s caseloads are nearly triple the recommended amount.