NEW: Governor Patrick Responds to DCF Report
Monday, January 27, 2014
The report made it clear that the failures and oversights that lead to what the Governor characterized Monday as an inexcusable failure were not isolated to this particular case. Patrick made clear that the case in question was an indicator that impactful changes were needed, saying that the case "points to other weaknesses in the Department that we're trying to look at."
Patrick spoke both about specific prescriptions for improvement as well as more generally about the important and difficult work done by the Department. While he called for improvements like the use of better communication technology and "real time data" within the D.C.F., he emphasized that "the biggest relief will come from adding staff."
The report by the Office of the Child Advocate had found that overstretched social workers were often unable to make visits or keep up with the number of caseloads. Patrick emphasized the need to "reinvigorate" the Department following the tragedy, pledging to find a "technological fix" and infuse the Department with the human capital necessary to make attend to the health and safety of all the children in its care.
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