Getting real with DCYF: Unrealistic number isn’t helping
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Goals can be good things to strive for but when they are completely unrealistic they are meaningless and in fact can do real harm. Such is the plan being put forth by legislators for the Division of Children, Youth, and Families.
It calls for the funding of 77 more DCYF positions, including 57 new caseworkers and 20 new supervisors. That’s a huge jump from the current budgeted caseworker number.
But here’s the problem, or at least one of them. Not all of the current positions are filled. DCYF was given 33 new positions in the last budget. It can’t fill them all. Legislators may not have heard, but there is a labor shortage, in New Hampshire and across the nation.