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Legislators agree to outsource some DSS case management services

DSS Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Brennan and Medicaid director Kate McEvoy testify to the committees Monday (Christine Stuart photo)
DSS Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Brennan and Medicaid director Kate McEvoy testify to the committees Monday (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Two legislative committees agreed Monday to allow the Department of Social Services to outsource case management work for about 500 people with acquired brain injuries, after defeating a similar proposal about four months ago.

Officials from the Department of Social Services told the two committee that if they didn’t outsource these services they would have to move forward with hiring an additional 17 social workers, which is impossible to do now that the state has implemented a hiring freeze.

“Even if the department were to fill social work positions, it would take over a year for new staff to be fully trained and able to absorb a full caseload and, in the meantime, the department would be out of compliance” with federal requirements, according to DSS Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Brennan.

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