Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Filed: 4/20/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2628, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
6Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Children and
7Families Act.
8    Section 5. Purpose. It is the purpose of this Act to create
9a task force to study the compensation and workload of child
10welfare workers to determine the role that compensation and
11workload play in the recruitment and retention of child welfare
12workers, and to determine the role that staff turnover plays in
13achieving safety and timely permanency for children.
14    Section 10. Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare
15Workforce for Children and Families.



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1    (a) As used in this Act:
2    "Child welfare workers" or "staff" means child welfare
3caseworkers, child welfare specialists, and child welfare
4specialist supervisors.
5    "Child welfare services job" mean an employment position as
6a child welfare caseworker, child welfare specialist, or child
7welfare specialist supervisor.
8    (b) The Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare
9Workforce for Children and Families is created to do all of the
11        (1) Perform a policy and literature review regarding:
12    (i) compensation and caseload standards in the field of
13    child welfare; (ii) staff turnover rates; and (iii) the
14    impact compensation, caseload, and staff turnover have on
15    achieving safety and timely permanency for children.
16        (2) Survey employers in the public and private sector
17    to determine:
18            (A) how many child welfare service jobs exist;
19            (B) the compensation paid to child welfare
20        workers;
21            (C) how many child welfare service jobs are filled
22        and how many are vacant;
23            (D) how many child welfare service jobs are filled
24        by persons who have at least 18 months in the position;
25            (E) the rate of turnover for child welfare workers;
26        and



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1            (F) the causes of turnover for child welfare
2        workers.
3        (3) Conduct a detailed time log analysis for child
4    welfare workers to determine how much time is available to
5    complete each administrative task and how much time is
6    actually spent to complete each administrative task. The
7    time log analysis shall expressly ask child welfare workers
8    the following question for each administrative task, "Is
9    this task duplicative of one that you have already
10    completed?".
11        (4) Develop recommendations on how to (i) improve the
12    recruitment and retention of child welfare workers; and
13    (ii) reduce the turnover rates for child welfare workers.
14    (c) Members of the Task Force shall include:
15        (1) 2 members appointed by the Governor;
16        (2) 2 legislative members appointed by the Speaker of
17    the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be
18    designated as Co-Chairperson;
19        (3) 2 legislative members appointed by the Minority
20    Leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall
21    be designated as Co-Chairperson;
22        (4) 2 legislative members appointed by the President of
23    the Senate, one of whom shall be designated as
24    Co-Chairperson;
25        (5) 2 legislative members appointed by the Senate
26    Minority Leader, one of whom shall be designated as



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1    Co-Chairperson;
2        (6) the Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
3    Information Authority, or his or her designee;
4        (7) the Director of Children and Family Services, or
5    his or her designee;
6        (8) the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
7    or his or her designee;
8        (9) the Principal Investigator for the Child
9    Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois;
10        (10) a person appointed by a labor union that
11    represents State employees;
12        (11) a current private sector employee appointed by the
13    Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
14        (12) a person representing a non-profit, statewide
15    organization that represents private sector child welfare
16    providers.
17    (d) The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
18shall provide administrative and other support to the Task
20    (e) The Department of Children and Family Services shall
21hire an independent consultant to aid in the collection,
22cataloguing, and analysis of child welfare data and whose
23services shall conclude when the Task Force is dissolved.
24    (f) The Task Force shall consider contracting with a
25qualified company, university, or other entity with
26demonstrated experience studying and improving human resources



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2    (g) The Task Force shall meet no less than 6 times.
3    (h) The Task Force shall submit a preliminary report to the
4General Assembly and the Governor no later than October 1,
52019, and a final electronic report, along with recommendations
6and any proposed legislation, to the General Assembly and the
7Governor by January 1, 2020.
8    The reports to the General Assembly shall be filed with the
9Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the
10Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk
11and the Secretary shall direct.
12    (i) The Task Force is dissolved on January 1, 2021.
13    Section 15. Repeal. This Act is repealed on January 1,
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.".