In an important breakthrough for DHHR employees who have caseloads, UE Local 170 has reached an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources over how the agency will finally comply with West Virginia Code §9-2-6a, regarding development of reasonable and achievable caseload standards.
Even though the caseload standards statute has been on the books since 1997, DHHR never complied with the statute to develop reasonable and achievable caseload standards for its program areas. However, due to the persistence of UE Local 170 members and with the strong support of Delegate Bobbie Hatfield, Vice-Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, DHHR agreed to finally comply with the caseload standards statute.
As part of its agreement with UE Local 170, DHHR will be forming work groups made up of DHHR employees whose classifications have caseloads. The work groups will meet in the coming months with the goal of developing caseload standard recommendations to present to the Secretary of DHHR and the West Virginia Legislature by June 30, 2013. In addition, DHHR agreed to report on the progress of the work groups to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability every six months. Join UE Local 170 to help us fight to make sure that DHHR develops reasonable and achievable caseload standards.