Indiana Department of Child Services case manager files lawsuit against agency over caseload

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Department of Child Services family case manager who says her caseload is more than twice what Indiana law allows has filed a lawsuit contending the excessive work makes doing her job extremely difficult and puts children at risk.

The Indianapolis Star reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of DCS family case manager Mary Price and all other DCS family case managers.

A message seeking comment on the lawsuit was left Tuesday for DCS spokesman James Wide by The Associated Press.

The lawsuit says Price is handling 43 ongoing cases. Indiana law requires family case managers to handle no more than 17 ongoing cases or 12 initial assessments. The case managers investigate allegations of abuse and neglect of children.

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