The Scioto County Children Services Board announced that the resignation of Interim Director Lowell Howard was accepted at their meeting held Feb. 13, and will be effective as of Feb. 29.
Howard, who has served as Interim Director since late October of 2019, stepped up to assume the role after Executive Director Dr. Laura Fuller was placed on administrative leave amidst questions of CPS’s role in events that led to the death of infant Dylan Groves.
The announcement came as the final bulletin of a document detailing recent updates from the organization which also included notification that, per request of the community, the board’s meetings will now be held on the first Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the mobile unit to allow for more people to attend these meetings.
The update also stated that the Scioto County Children Services Board has been following the proposed Job & Family Services reorganizational proposal and is close to reaching the criteria set for them. “As part of the reorganizational process, the Board has established procedures to follow that will maintain financial stability while addressing priority concerns,” the letter stated. “The first and foremost priority of the Board was to create additional caseworker positions to serve children and families in Scioto County and lower the caseload numbers for current workers as suggested by the state JFS reorganizational proposal. With the employment of four additional caseworkers, the agency has the new proposed model almost completely staffed at suggested levels. The Board will soon be able to review the financial situation and revisit community proposals that have been submitted. Although staffing is in place, the caseworkers must complete six to eight weeks of training before active cases can be assigned to their caseload. The need for additional services can only be determined once monthly referrals are reviewed.”
The Board stated that the Children Services Advisory Board, composed of representatives of SOMC, education, juvenile court, law enforcement, Shawnee Mental Health, Help Me Grow, and Community Action of Scioto County, had also met for the first time on Feb. 11 and will advise on various policies and work to improve communication between agencies. With Dr. Laura Fuller still on administrative leave as Howard’s resignation goes into effect at the end of the month, it is unclear whether or not the organization will choose yet another Interim Director to fill the vacant position or if Dr. Fuller will be removed from leave and reinstated. As of press time, calls to Scioto County Children Services Interim Director Lowell Howard went unanswered.
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932
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