Lawmakers criticize plan for clearing abuse cases

AP News
Posted: Nov 27, 2013 12:51 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Key Arizona lawmakers say a plan presented by state officials to clear more than 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse and neglect reports is inadequate.

Three lawmakers on the state's Child Protective Services oversight committee criticized the plan on Tuesday as lacking details and not addressing problems that created the backlog.

Arizona's child welfare workers will need to investigate the cases in just two months if they are to meet the plan's goal.

The plan outlined by Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter this week also promised to minimize the effect on caseworkers. Child Protective Services workers already are handling nearly double the number of cases deemed optimal for their work.

Carter says he'll assign the cases to more than 200 supervisors and managers who don't currently have caseloads.