KDCF secretary says staffers see need for unlicensed workers with changes to foster care contracts possible Featured

KDCF secretary says staffers see need for unlicensed workers with changes to foster care contracts possible KVOE News file photo

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department for Children and Families plan to use unlicensed workers to help reduce its burgeoning caseload has been met with some pushback by the general public.


That hasn't been the case with department staff, according to Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel.

Meier-Hummel says this move aligns Kansas with most of the rest of the nation when it comes to using unlicensed workers. In fact, before last month's announcement, Kansas was one of 10 states that relied solely on licensed social workers.

The effort to bring the unlicensed workers on board comes as KDCF reviews its foster care contracts with outside agencies -- St. Francis for Lyon, Chase, Greenwood and Morris counties, KVC for Coffey, Osage and Wabaunsee counties.

 

Meier-Hummel says the new requests for proposal should be out before the end of the month and the new contracts will go into effect July 2019. The contracts were first issued in 2013.

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