TexProtects statement on Senate Finance CPS task force recommendations
On Monday, the Texas Senate Finance Committee's Child Protective Services task force issued its recommendations on CPS staff compensation and efforts to reduce turnover. Madeline McClure, CEO of TexProtects, issued the following statement:
“We are pleased to see that the Senate Finance committee task force on CPS workforce includes a measurable compensation adjustment that will be more competitive and attract a larger and more qualified pool of caseworkers. We believe the compensation plan will also retain workers we may otherwise lose due to a non-competitive salary.
“Although salary adjustments in themselves will not alone address CPS caseworker turnover, it should help stabilize the turnover and corresponding vacancy rate closer to the state employee average.
“Utilizing the ‘just-in-time’ replacement of workers by creating hire-ahead ‘reserve pools’ has been shown to reduce vacancies of 2-3 months down to two weeks. DFPS must implement this strategy to fill vacancies quickly to eliminate 'abandoned' workloads. Hiring additional workforce to reduce caseloads after this point is also a critically important aspect of ensuring the turnover reduction plan is successful.”