National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Findings on Local CPS Practices. Responsibility for CPS Functions

05/01/2003

The supplemental analyses found several differences in responsibility for CPS functions related to the agency's administrative structure. In terms of the overall level of responsibility for the screening function, more agencies in State-administered systems (52%) and county-administered systems (55%) had lead responsibility for screening/intake of all types of maltreatment than did agencies in State-administered systems with strong county structure (37%). At the same time, it was more common for agencies in State-administered systems with strong county structure (48%) to have varied levels of responsibility depending on the type of maltreatment than it was for agencies in State-administered systems (19%) or county-administered systems (34%), (Table 7-26).

Table 7-26:
Overall Level of Responsibility for Screening and Intake*
Level of responsibility State-administered County-administered State-administered with strong county structure
Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent
Lead for all types of maltreatment 570
(410-730)
52% 530
(430-620)
55% 200
(90-310)
37%
Share for all types of maltreatment 200
(110-290)
18% 80
(40-130)
9% 70
(0-140)
12%
Support for all types of maltreatment 30
(0-70)
3% 10
(0-30)
1% 10
(0-30)
2%
No responsibility 30
(0-70)
3% 10
(0-20)
1% --- ---
Other (lead some, support some, share some) 210
(130-290)
19% 320

(240-410)

34% 260

(150-370)

48%
Missing 50
(10-100)
5% 10
(0-20)
1% 10
(0-30)
2%
Total 1,100
(970-1,220)
100% 960
(890-1,030)
100% 550
(350-750)
100%
* X2=18.53, p<.01 (excludes missing)
Note: Numbers in italics are based on 10 or fewer agencies.

For the investigation function, a greater proportion of agencies in State-administered systems had lead responsibility for all types of maltreatment (25%) compared to agencies in county-administered systems (15%) and State-administered systems with strong county structure (5%), (Table 7-27).

Table 7-27:
Overall Level of Responsibility for the Investigation Function*
Responsibility State-administered County-administered State-administered with strong county structure
Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent
Lead for all types of maltreatment 280
(190-370)
25% 140
(70-210)
15% 30
(0-70)
5%
Share for all types of maltreatment 130
(70-190)
12% 50
(10-100)
6% 30
(0-80)
6%
Support for all types of maltreatment 20
(0-40)
2% --- --- --- ---
Other (lead some, support some, share some) 660
(520-790)
60% 770
(700-840)
80% 490
(300-670)
89%
Missing 10
(0-30)
1% --- --- --- ---
Total 1,100
(970-1,220)
100% 960
(890-1,030)
100% 550
(350-750)
100%
Note: Numbers in italics are based on 10 or fewer agencies.
* X2=32.05, p<.001