National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Chapter 6. La Crosse County, Wisconsin


The reforms instituted in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, were not the result of a single initiative. Rather, they resulted from a convergence of several State and local efforts. The reform efforts addressed two main areas of change — easier access to the agency and more efficient identification of the services needs of children and families. Several ongoing State initiatives, some of which started before the reform period, were strengthened to support these changes. These include caseworker training, the use of the State's risk assessment model, and collaborative efforts to provide services to children and families.

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