Chippewa County Health and Human Services Department gets more helping hands

Chippewa County (WQOW) – More help is on the way for families in need of social services in Chippewa County.

Tuesday, the Chippewa County Board voted to add five new, full-time social worker positions.

The county said there are a lot more cases now, with the meth problem getting worse and the demand for mental health services rising. Interim Director for the Department of Human Services Tim Easker said caseworkers are taking on twice as many cases per week than they should.

“At this point workers are averaging 20 to 24 cases. Current case load studies show they should be handling anywhere from 10 to 11 cases at any given time. We just needs the bodies, at this time we just need all hands on deck.” Easker told News 18.

Three of those positions will not cost the county money, because they are fully funded by Medicaid.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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