Where Are New Child Protection Funds Going?

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In a recent ebrief we noted that Minnesota’s child welfare expenditures went up 74% since 2012, partly because maltreatment reports screened-in for services increased from 28% to 49%.

This trend prompted counties to add $103 million to their budgets, which then triggered state and federal matching contributions required under Medicaid and Title IV-E (foster care) entitlement programs.

This Department of Human Services (DHS) chart shows that these revenues helped fund 469 additional staff, bringing average caseloads statewide down to 12 per worker.

 
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This second DHS chart shows that purchased services increased by $53 million since 2014.

 
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Hopefully DHS can now tackle the next level of questions, for example:

  • How much do caseload sizes vary among counties?

  • Are workers better able to pay for the services in their case plans?

Holiday Break!  There will be no ebrief next week in observance of Memorial Day .

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Rich GehrmanComment