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File #: 21-1322    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 8/5/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/31/2021 Final action: 8/31/2021
Title: Health and Human Services Agency and Human Resources Department recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 110-2021 to: 1) Approve the deletion of two (2.0) vacant full time equivalent (FTE) Social Service Aide allocations; and 2) Approve the addition of two (2.0) FTE Social Worker I/II allocations in the Health and Human Services Agency. FUNDING: 24% Federal Funds; 23% State Funds; 53% Social Services Realignment.
Attachments: 1. A - Approved CRS for CWS Personnel Allocation Resolution 8/31/21, 2. B - Personnel Allocation Reso CWS SWI-II 8/31/21, 3. Executed Resolution 110-2021
Related files: 21-0994
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Health and Human Services Agency and Human Resources Department recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 110-2021 to:
1) Approve the deletion of two (2.0) vacant full time equivalent (FTE) Social Service Aide allocations; and
2) Approve the addition of two (2.0) FTE Social Worker I/II allocations in the Health and Human Services Agency.

FUNDING: 24% Federal Funds; 23% State Funds; 53% Social Services Realignment.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND:
On July 16, 2021, the Child Welfare Services (CWS) Division submitted a classification request to delete two (2) vacant Social Service Aide (SSA) allocations and add two (2) Social Worker I/II allocations to Human Resources. SSA’s in CWS have historically had primary responsibility for transporting clients and for scheduling and supervising visits for families receiving family reunification services. However, over the past 10 years the landscape in foster care services has begun to shift. Since 2010, the total kids in foster care has steadily declined, as well as the number of new kids brought into foster care each year, resulting in a nearly 50% decrease of kids in foster care. While the number of kids in foster care has declined, the numbers of families being served through voluntary and court-ordered family maintenance cases has increased. This shift increases the need for Social Workers and reduces the need for Social Service Aides to do transports and visitation.

Additionally, the Family's First Prevention Services Act begins implementation effective October 2021, which places an increased emphasis on the provision of prevention services to families in an effort to keep them out of foster care. This request for deletion of 2.0 FTE SSA allocations and addition of 2.0 FTE Social Worker I/II classifications aligns better with the current focus on working directly with families to prevent foster care, and the future of Child Welfare Services.

ALTERNATIVES:
Should the Board de...

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