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Legislator Dixon asks County Executive to meet with County Child Protective Services employees to address concerns they say that administration has ignored


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has sent a letter to County Executive Mark Poloncarz following a discussion at today’s Health and Human Services Committee meeting where longtime employees of Child Protective Services (CPS) raised several concerns about their current work environment and requested changes to address those concerns, which they say have been ignored by the Executive and his administration.

 

“The information we heard today about the struggles that case workers are facing is very concerning. I know Erie County can do more to improve this work environment and provide case workers with the support they need to help children and families. We were told that retaining staff members is a serious challenge, many workers are traumatized according to what we heard today by what they see on a daily basis while investigating child abuse, and as a result the office is largely made up of inexperienced case workers. This brings with it many issues. We need to address those issues for the betterment of everyone involved,” said Legislator Dixon.

 

“We were told today that the County Executive’s only response was that the issues should be addressed during union negotiations. I don’t agree with that approach. More needs to be done to address these issues, and in my letter to the County Executive, I urged him to work with everyone involved to support county workers now. Our employees are human beings who are facing unimaginable stress, CPS workers aren’t negotiating pieces.”

 

Copy of the letter found here.

 

For additional information, please contact Legislator Dixon at 858-8671 or email lynne.dixon@erie.gov.