- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Health and child protection officials are trying to chart a way forward in the wake of a report showing chronic staffing programs at the Division for Children, Youth and Families.

The report from the Center for the Support of Families shows that DCYF needs to more than double the number of social workers handling cases in order to keep up with the current caseload.

Jeffrey Meyers, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, told a legislative commission on Wednesday that he plans to make requests for more staff, and he will start hiring where he can without a budget increase. He noted the department is already looking to hire 14 staff members to cover a noon-8 p.m. shift.

The commission didn’t address a sexual abuse lawsuit filed last week filed against DCYF.

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