York County’s child protection agency has full license reinstated

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The state Department of Human Services has reinstated York County Children and Youth Services to a full operational license.

The agency had been issued provisional licenses over the past two years following a series of mishandled cases. If it had failed to pass inspection at the end of a fourth provisional license issued in June, the state would have taken control.

The county said the agency had to adapt to a case workload that increased by 89 percent, more than twice the state average. It said the number of cases increased by about 2,000 when new child welfare laws, enacted in January 2015, expanded the definition of child abuse and increased the number of mandated reporters.

The agency has since added six new employees and it brought in former DHS Secretary and state lawmaker Beverly Mackereth to work with administrators.

DHS Secretary Ted Dallas said the dedication of agency staff was “instrumental in building upon agency strengths while working to implement necessary practice changes.”

The full license is effective until Nov. 15, 2017.

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