National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Review of State CPS Policy. Service Provision During Investigation

04/01/2003

Thirty-nine States (76.5%) had policy that specified that workers were required to provide short-term services during the investigation, if needed. (See figure 4-1.)

Figure 4-1:
Required to Provide Short-Term Services During Investigation if Needed

Figure 4-1: Required to Provide Short-Term Services During Investigation if Needed.

Required = Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Not Required = Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.

Thirty-eight States (74.5%) had policy requiring investigation workers to plan or assist in planning for ongoing services. These States are shown on the map in the figure 4-2 below.

Figure 4-2:
Investigation Worker Required to Plan for Ongoing Services

Figure 4-2: Investigation Worker Required to Plan for Ongoing Services

Required = Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Not Required = Alaska, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

States varied in the description of the purpose of the services. (See table 4-P.)

  • Thirty-four States (66.7%) specified that the purpose for providing services was the safety of the child;
  • Twenty States (39.2%) specified that the purpose was to preserve or strengthen the family; and
  • Seven States (13.7%) specified services were to prevent child abuse or neglect.

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