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New Jersey Department of Human Services
Press Release

Davy announces emergency hiring of 158 new DYFS staff

April 5, 2004, Trenton -- Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Commissioner Jim Davy announced today the emergency hiring of 158 new staff for the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) to help ease the burden of heavy caseloads.

As part of the hiring initiative, 72 frontline caseworkers will be added as well as eight supervisors and 78 case aides to assist caseworkers. The $2.8 million cost is part of a $7 million budget transfer the Department received last week to begin the process of reforming the State's child welfare system.

"When meeting with DYFS staff the past few weeks, I have received nothing but positive feedback on our reform efforts and assurances we truly are moving in the right direction," said Acting Commissioner Davy. "However, time and time again I have heard a common complaint- caseloads are too high and our staff needs immediate relief."

Earlier this year, DYFS initiated a case closing project with managers and supervisors working overtime to close cases no longer needing attention. Though 11,823 cases have been closed, the same number of cases have been opened during the same time period, limiting the Division's ability to make a serious dent in its caseload of 65,000.

In addition to the emergency hiring initiative, Davy also announced $1.4 million will be spent to help children with behavioral health issues. Many children are languishing in county detention centers and other institutional settings because there is no where else for them to go.

Mobile crisis response will be expanded into Middlesex, Mercer and Passaic counties and 28 treatment beds (eight emergency and 20 non-emergency) will be added to serve children with behavioral health issues in local communities. According to Davy, intensive behavioral assistance services will be expanded so an additional 326 families can be served.

The remainder of the $7 million supplemental will be used to continue DYFS' ongoing safety assessment project of children in foster care, provide medical examinations for children in placement and eliminate the problem of children spending hours in local DYFS' offices waiting for a place to go. Staff will also be added to the DHS Office of Children's Services so the reform plan can continue to move forward.

"We are able to get a lot done with only the $7 million," added Davy. "I will continue to push for the additional $8 million so we can expand services even further - especially for children with behavioral health issues."

With the additional funding, Davy would spend $4.8 million to add 86 youth case mangers to coordinate services for children, add an additional 67 treatment beds (bringing the total to 95 beds) and expand intensive behavioral assistance services to over 1,000 families (instead of only 326).

Region/Office                 Caseload
 (children) 
Current # of Caseworkers New Caseworkers New Supervisors New Aides   Total           
New Staff
Adoption Operations            
ARC Central
569
39
   
2
2
ARC Essex
649
39
 
 
2
2
ARC Metro
639
40
 
 
2
2
ARC Metro-Select
473
30
 
 
2
2
ARC North
699
35
 
 
2
2
ARC South
981
55
 
 
3
3
Totals
4,010
238
-
-
13
13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Central Region
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mercer
2,568
66
2
 
3
5
Ocean
2,646
61
5
 
3
8
So. Monmouth
1,473
42
2
 
2
4
No. Monmouth
1,398
53
 
 
2
2
Somerset
889
30
 
 
2
2
Hunterdon
426
12
 
 
1
1
Region Totals
9,400
264
9
-
13
22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Metro Region
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edison
1,843
41
2
 
2
4
Perth Amboy
3,039
48
4
1
2
7
East Orange
2,258
43
4
1
2
7
Bloomfield
2,278
43
2
 
2
4
Newark I
2,030
47
2
 
2
4
Newark II
2,552
54
2
 
2
4
Newark III
1,880
51
 
 
3
3
Union East
2,637
50
4
1
2
7
Union West
1,661
38
2
 
2
4
Region Totals
20,178
415
22
3
19
44
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Northern Region
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bayonne
2,006
55
2
 
2
4
Bergen
2,895
60
5
 
2
7
Jersey City
1,230
37
1
 
3
4
No. Hudson
1,790
39
4
1
1
6
Morris
1,693
37
4
1
2
7
Central Passaic
2,016
53
1
 
3
4
Sussex
794
19
2
 
2
4
Warren
653
17
 
 
1
1
Northern Passaic
883
39
 
 
2
2
Region Totals
13,960
356
19
2
18
39
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Southern Region
 
 
 
 
 
 
Atlantic
2,000
54
3
 
2
5
Burlington
2,539
59
2
 
3
5
Camden Central
3,831
81
4
1
2
7
Camden North
2,861
66
4
1
1
6
Cape May
890
30
2
 
2
4
Cumberland
2,251
51
2
 
2
4
Gloucester
2,009
38
4
1
1
6
Salem
960
23
1
 
2
3
Region Totals
17,341
402
22
3
15
40
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D.O./Region totals
60,879
1,437
72
8
65
145
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grand Totals
(Including ARCs)
64,889
1,675
72
8
78
158

NOTE: Current staff/caseload numbers do not include the Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit. Current staffing numbers also do not include 26 regional/permanency caseworker positions.


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