“In Chippewa, Rusk, Barron, Dunn, Eau Claire, we’re seeing a methamphetamine epidemic,” said Interim Director of Chippewa Human Services Tim Easker.
“I see the burden on the case workers. I see the turnover, the trauma they experience. We talk about the children, but there’s also that secondary trauma which workers experience every day,” Easker said. “People aren’t always happy to see the department of human services coming up to their door knocking on it and taking their children away, and this is not a favorite activity for the workers.”
The case load is heavy, the job is stressful. So, case workers aren’t sticking around
“It’s $54,000 for every child protective services worker that we have to replace,” Easker said. “There’s a cost associated with turnover. It’s not that we want people to go because there’s another person standing in line that we want to hire. It takes over a year to learn how to walk at this job. They’re running after two years, and hopefully they’re not running out the door.”