On Monday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) called on Governor Mike Pence to hire more Department of Child Services caseworkers. In a press conference, Lanane pushed the governor to meet caseload standards mandated by state law.
“The governor has an opportunity during the State of the State to make clear his commitment to protecting Hoosier children,” said Lanane. “It’s time to do the right thing and give DCS the resources it needs to hire the 77 caseworkers and comply with the law.”
During a November State Budget Committee hearing the Department of Child Services admitted the agency was out of compliance with state statute limiting family case manager caseloads. Even after correspondence with the governor highlighting the issue and a meeting with DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura, the governor still omitted additional case manager funding in his recently-announced state budget proposal.
“Senate Democrats are open to taking a look at caseload standards,” said Lanane. But in the meantime, the law is the law and we must do what it takes to ensure the safety of children.”
The Governor will give his State of the State address Tuesday at 7 P.M. from the Indiana Statehouse.
Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 which includes portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/S25.
NOTE: Full audio of Sen. Lanane’s statement to the press can be found at the following link:
SEN. LANANE: “Actually, I am here to talk about a very serious matter. Especially in light of the fact that tomorrow, we are looking forward to the governor’s State of the State address…”