National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Review of State CPS Policy. Decisionmaking

04/01/2003

For States with alternative response tracks, the decision to forward a case was most often stated as made by the worker with approval from the supervisor. A joint decision between the worker and the supervisor was stipulated in fewer States. No State’s policy enabled a worker to decide to forward a case on an alternative track without supervisor involvement. (See table 5–G.)

  • Ten States (50.0%) stipulated that decisions were made by the worker with supervisor approval; and
  • Seven States (35.0%) stipulated that decisions were made jointly by the worker and the supervisor in the majority of cases.

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