MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Children’s Services is catching up on cases following a biennial review that found 144 investigations past due, but is still struggling with staff issues.
A 2015-2016 review of Children Services by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services resulted in the drafting of an improvement plan to address issues of case practices, staff turnover and investigations going past deadlines. The next review begins in July.
Children Services is reviewed every two years by the ODJFS as part of a Child Protective Oversight and Evaluation (CPOE) “Stage.” According to ODJFS spokesperson Bret Crow, the CPOE is the state’s continuous quality improvement case review process, assessing case practices and delivery of child welfare services of Ohio’s departments of Children services. The reviews are followed up with two assessments, about six months apart, to see how the local Children services department is doing on their improvement plan.