Iowa Police Chief & School Superintendent to describe problems created by lack of DHS caseworkers in rural Iowa

Iowa Police Chief & School Superintendent to describe problems created by lack of DHS caseworkers in rural Iowa

 Monday, April 3, 10 AM in Room 116

Under the Branstad/Reynolds Administration, the Iowa Department of Human Services has lost more than 800 employees and suffered $24 million cut in just the current fiscal year. There is a shortage of DHS workers and resources in rural Iowa.  Some counties have no resident caseworkers

Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines, Ranking Member of Senate Government Oversight Committee, and Representative Abby Finkenauer, Ranking Member of House Government Oversight Committee, will convene a joint meeting on this issue at 10AM on Monday, April 3, in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol.

Speakers will include Greg Goodman, Washington Chief of Police, and Jeff Dicks, Superintendent of the WACO Community School District in Wayland. They will describe how the shortage of DHS caseworkers has impacted their jobs and the residents of their communities.

 Recently, Senator David Johnson of Ocheyedan drew attention to the severe shortage of DHS investigators reports in the Iowa Great Lakes area. In response, DHS has posted two new openings for investigators in his district. Senator Johnson says that filling these openings will not be enough to address the needs of the Iowa Great Lakes area.

All legislators have been invited to attend. The meeting will be open to the public and will be livestreamed on the Facebook page of the Iowa Senate Democrats.

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