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Improved Response to Maltreatment Reports

Last week Minnesota announced that screened-in child abuse reports increased 25% in 2016 to 39,500. This likely resulted from a new law requiring counties to follow state screening guidelines, thus obligating them to respond to more children. However funding hasn’t … Continue reading

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Workers Hit Their Limit

The AFSCME* union sued Ramsey County this week, claiming that caseloads are excessive and that management stifles their attempts to air legitimate concerns. These are related. Real caseloads are cases divided by the number of active employees, not positions on … Continue reading

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Revealing Federal Program Audit

The federal government recently released the (poorly formatted, nearly impenetrable) Child and Family Services Review, an audit of Minnesota’s child welfare programs. The state lost ground on most practice standards, including caseworker visits and safety management, compared to audits in … Continue reading

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We Can Do Better

The Minnesota House and Senate released their education and human services bills this week. Our priority is $28 million annually to fund early education scholarships for children from birth to two who are homeless, in foster care, or in child … Continue reading

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Opening Budget Gambit?

The Minnesota legislature recently announced its maximum budget targets for the 2018-2019 biennium. The House proposed a $599 million cut to the Health and Human Services (HHS) “base”. The base is the budget for the current biennium plus mandatory increases, … Continue reading

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