DHS worker arrested twice in 24 hours

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An employee for the Department of Human Services is now facing serious charges after she was arrested twice in two days.
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dan

Oklahoma City, OK

#166 Feb 20, 2010
W Moore wrote:
Another fine example.
http://newsok.com/dhs-worker-charged-with-dom...
DHS worker charged with domestic abuse in Altus
BY JAY F. MARKS
Published: April 29, 2009
ALTUS — A Department of Human Services supervisor in Jackson County is on leave after being charged with assaulting her teenage son.
Kathryn Jan Davis
Kathryn Jan Davis, 39, was charged Monday with domestic abuse in the presence of a minor.
Davis allegedly attacked her 16-year-old son — scratching his face and trying to stab him in the leg with a fork — after he hid a box of wine from her Sunday night, according to court papers. Her 13-year-old daughter was in the house at the time.
Davis was arrested after Altus police arrived at her home. She refused to explain the fight with her son, according to an officer’s affidavit.
The teen told police he tried to hide a box of wine from his mother, who has a drinking problem, the affidavit states. Davis jumped on him when he refused to give it back, he said.
Officers noted two scratches on the teen’s face.
Davis’ children were left at home when she was arrested after they assured police they would be able to get themselves to school the next morning.
DHS officials said Davis has worked for the agency since 1999. She is a supervisor in the child welfare division in Jackson County.
Davis is on annual leave, but officials would not say whether she went on leave because of her arrest.
Davis remains jailed pending her Friday arraignment on the misdemeanor charge, which carries up to a year in jail if she is convicted.
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Hey, W Moore, what exactly do you do for a living and what kind of accountability and responsibility does it entail?
Panle

United States

#167 Feb 20, 2010
jeff wrote:
From an Agency that can do no wrong.....
laugh out loud....
AMEN! She is not the problem! Just a poor woman who is caught in between a dysfunctional system and OKC's worst parents.

Let he (or she) who is without sin cast the first stone.
Case-In-Point

United States

#168 Feb 20, 2010
The point is they are worse off not better off. You want the stats - from the class action lawsuit that 10,000 plus children are in severe danger of abuse, rape, death in OK DHS custody -
Its very very ugly, evil in fact.

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D.G. v. Henry
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
Date filed: February 13, 2008
Legal Documents
http://www.childrensrights.org/reform-campaig...

Children’s Rights filed this class action in February of 2008, together with the Oklahoma law firms Seymour & Graham, Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers, and Day, Edwards, Propester & Christiensen and the international firm Kaye Scholer, on behalf of the more than 10,000 children living in Oklahoma’s child welfare system. The federal complaint charges the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) with violating the constitutional rights of children by routinely placing them in unsafe, unsupervised and unstable living situations, where they are frequently subjected to further maltreatment and deterioration while in state custody.

Among the systemic problems identified in the complaint:
Children are abused and neglected in DHS custody at a very high rate. For the past five years, Oklahoma’s rate of maltreatment of children in foster care has been among the three worst in the nation — and in two years it was the worst. Children in DHS custody are subjected to physical violence, sexual abuse, and extreme neglect — sometimes at the hands of the staff at DHS facilities — at rates more than four times the national norm and, at times, exceeded rates of abuse and neglect in the general population of Oklahoma.
-- DHS places children in unsafe homes and overcrowded, understaffed emergency shelters. Because DHS has failed for years to maintain an adequate number of foster families who can take in children removed from abusive homes, the children are placed wherever a bed is available. The department routinely places children, including infants and toddlers, in overcrowded emergency shelters — intended, as their name suggests, only for short-term stays — for as long as six months. Other children get placed in unsafe group homes, where staff members lack adequate training and fail to provide necessary supervision. Still others are placed with inappropriate foster families who have not undergone background checks for criminal and child abuse offenses.
-- DHS bounces children from one unstable foster placement to another.
-- and so on ad nasea
Case-In-Point

United States

#169 Feb 20, 2010
http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp...

FEATURED VIDEO
News On 6 Investigates: Department Of Human Services Under Fire
WEB EXTRA: Sasha Gray Interview
WEB EXTRA: Judge Dynda Post Interview
WEB EXTRA: Marcia Robinson Lowry Interview
WEB EXTRA: Richard Morrissette Interview

Sasha Gray talks about her life under DHS foster care.

Children's Rights founder Marcia Robinson Lowry says Oklahoma's child welfare system needs to be fixed.

Rogers Co. Judge Dynda Post says there are things that can be done to make the system work better.

State Rep. Richard Morrissette feels an investigation into DHS is long overdue.

Over 10,000 children in Oklahoma are in DHS foster care.

So many people have complained about the Oklahoma Department of Human Services over the years, DHS may as well be a four-letter word. But now the Department of Human Services is facing more than just complaints. It's the target of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the 10,000 children in its foster care system.

News On 6 anchor Scott Thompson says a News on 6 Investigation uncovers why the lawsuit could signal the end of DHS as we know it.

"School just became my outlet, and I just used school as my outlet so that I wouldn't always be fighting and not getting along with my foster parents and stuff," said former foster child Sasha Gray.

If DHS's foster care system is broken, Sasha Gray would know. Sossha spent 14 years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She says DHS moved her 42 times, leaving her with 17 different foster families along the way. Her younger sister and two younger brothers are still in the system.
Sasha says it was difficult living with some of those foster families. Some treated her as an unwelcome guest. One foster father tried to get into bed with her while wearing only his underwear. But one of the worst moments came at the hands of a caseworker...
"How can you allow your public tax dollars to go for something so terrible?" said Children's Rights founder Marcia Robinson Lowry.
Case-In-Point

United States

#170 Feb 20, 2010
Grace

Oklahoma City, OK

#171 Feb 20, 2010
(LCW)
I too am a child welfare worker. I too get very frustrated when people believe that ALL child welfare workers are not educated and do not care about the families they work for. That is correct I believe that as a child welfare worker we work for our families, not against them or to tear them apart. We work to get children safety and when that safety has been minimized we return these children to their homes. If a parent can not correct the conditions that led to their child's removal then it is the duty as DHS to get these children a safe and permanent home. I do agree that Child Welfare workers should be held to a higher standard of the law and responsibility. Child Welfare workers should be role models for the families we work for. This job is a very difficult one, you have very long hours, sometimes high case loads, very difficult and emotional situations, and are under paid. This is not the kind of job that you work from 8am until 5pm Monday thru Friday. This job goes home with you weather you are getting called at all hours of the night or you bring the tasks and stresses of the job home emotionally. I do by NO means want to appear as if I am defending her actions or making excuses for her, but I want people to understand how difficult this job is. This is also one of the most rewarding jobs you can obtain. I feel very blessed to get to work with these families and children. I also know that this job has been very emotionally as well as physically draining. Until you know someone who is a child welfare worker or have been one yourself I do not feel you should judge ALL workers. The system is not perfect, it never will be. You are dealing with humans and until you can make humans perfect than the system itself will not be perfect. No single individual is perfect, Christ was our image of perfection and he died for our sins on the cross! We should all try to have a little grace and remember what Christ did for us and what he called us to do!
W Moore

United States

#172 Feb 20, 2010
dan wrote:
Hey, W Moore, what exactly do you do for a living and what kind of accountability and responsibility does it entail?
My livelihood is not an issue here, it is my business since I'm not employed by, have no contracts with, and receive no funds from the Gov. The issue here is the accountability of those in a known failed system.
vmrandolph

United States

#173 Feb 20, 2010
wow and we trust children that have gone through so much to a person like this .how many times could this affect childs lifes. these babies deserve the best they already have had the worst, can we ever get it right.
Dan

Edmond, OK

#174 Feb 20, 2010
W Moore wrote:
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My livelihood is not an issue here, it is my business since I'm not employed by, have no contracts with, and receive no funds from the Gov. The issue here is the accountability of those in a known failed system.
Uh huh. That's what I thought. You're exactly what's wrong with DHS. Typical armchair quarterback who has nothing to offer but problems with no solutions. Keep bitching and hope you sleep well at night.
happy to help

Oklahoma City, OK

#175 Feb 20, 2010
W Moore wrote:
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You mean like the Kelsey Briggs case? I keep track of those cases also. And if the issue here is child abuse let's remember child abuse is a crime, let's leave it in the criminal courts were it belongs. Remove all the amateurs and bs fraudulent activities surrounding DHS and the Juvenile System.
As for the budget issue most of the top DHS people got raises this year and DHS workers have gotten raises and bonuses regularly in the last few years.
Out of curiosity who do you consider a profesional? If a child is being abused then the parent is arrested, if none of the family is deemed fit to care for the child who is responsible for the childs care? In a perfect world communities and religous organizations would, but many of the communities in OK foster the problem behaviors to begin with. If you're worried about workers sticking thier noses where they dont belong, dont worry. An independent audit said the avg case load a child welfare worker should have is 10-12 cases. Our workers have over 20, not to mention some estimates say they will top 30 if hiring freezes arent lifted. So workers just simply wont have the time to remove kids when they come to school with odd bruises, signs of malnutrition and neglect or worse.
As for the raises and bonus, most bonuses have been suspended. There are no raises on the horizon either. Those are also the work of the state employees assoiation. As a DHS employee i'm not a fan of them. They're your typical union that in the long run does more damage then good. If you're of the opinion that dhs employees are over paid then you lose all credibility in this discussion. Go to opm.ok.gov and look at the starting salaries and remember, you only get a raise with a promotion or adjustment for cost of living. As the state is cuttinng budgets everywhere there will be no raises for a while.
And for arguments sake lets say all of us at dhs are drug using alcholics and the absolute dregs of society. Keeping pay down is not the way to get better workers. I know people would like to live in a world with no social services, but its the social services that allow the people at the bottom of society to be able to afford to live while doing the labor that makes life for the upper levels comfortable.
If you know of any orginizations or resources that could help people stay off from state help and possibly help parents learn how to raise children please call 211, it is a state wide resource hotline that would love to pass your information along to those of us that can distribute it to the public.
happy to help

Oklahoma City, OK

#176 Feb 20, 2010
vmrandolph wrote:
wow and we trust children that have gone through so much to a person like this .how many times could this affect childs lifes. these babies deserve the best they already have had the worst, can we ever get it right.
The best immediate thing any of us can do is get involved. Volunteer volunteer volunteer. Part of the reason these kids have so many problems is not just DHS's failings. If there were more foster homes a few problems would be taken care of immediatly. But helping out with some of the metros afterschool reading programs or signing up with local boys and girls clubs are worth more to those kids then you could possibly know.
Sandi

United States

#177 Feb 20, 2010
I was a foster parent for 4 years until I just got tired of all the stupidity. They hide behind confidentiality rules and make up rules for themselves. Oops this one got caught and someone said something to the media. I think there are some good workers, most are overworked, and some are out for their own agenda. But most hide what they do that is wrong behind the cover of confidentiality. Too bad she wont be able to get away with that this time. She needs a treatment plan. Wonder if she can follow it.
cliff

Norman, OK

#178 Feb 20, 2010
Theres is a simple reason why Oklahoma DHS is ranked so poorly in the nation. Poor quality employees equals poor performance. If they were a plumber or electrition we would pull their licence.

There is no other excuse.
W Moore

United States

#179 Feb 20, 2010
Dan wrote:
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Uh huh. That's what I thought. You're exactly what's wrong with DHS. Typical armchair quarterback who has nothing to offer but problems with no solutions. Keep bitching and hope you sleep well at night.
It is a mere,(and common) diversion to blame the public for the problems the in the system. As for the solutions I helped with and supported the state question 749 circulated by the OKFRC http://www.okfrc.org/

I also support the mandatory dismissal, arrest, and prosecution of any Gov. workers committing any criminal act, do you?

As for bitching, I don't. I provide facts and documentation to help educate the public as to the truth of situations in our system and what it's costing our society.
happy to help

Oklahoma City, OK

#180 Feb 20, 2010
Sandi wrote:
I was a foster parent for 4 years until I just got tired of all the stupidity. They hide behind confidentiality rules and make up rules for themselves. Oops this one got caught and someone said something to the media. I think there are some good workers, most are overworked, and some are out for their own agenda. But most hide what they do that is wrong behind the cover of confidentiality. Too bad she wont be able to get away with that this time. She needs a treatment plan. Wonder if she can follow it.
There are all sorts of plans available to employees. However, since this instance has media attention she'll most likely be fired and not recieve any of them. Maybe Texas was right to start farming things out to private companies. If you thought there was a lack of transperancy now just think what would happen if private companies were running things.
Where the rubber meets the road there is nothing that will fix DHS until we can fix the culture and attitude of all Oklahomans. Ever wonder why states with DHS problems are also the ones with the highest percentage of people recieving assistance? Or why they're the states with the worst public health problems, lowest literacy rates and a plethera of other negative statistics? Perhaps the deficiancies in DHS are more a symptom instead of the problem.

Just an FYI for everyone out there, I highly doubt anyone said anything to the media. Several local news people keep an eye on all us DHS employees looking for stories. OOps, I'm sure my IP is being traced right now for Mondays headlines.
happy to help

Oklahoma City, OK

#181 Feb 20, 2010
cliff wrote:
Theres is a simple reason why Oklahoma DHS is ranked so poorly in the nation. Poor quality employees equals poor performance. If they were a plumber or electrition we would pull their licence.
There is no other excuse.
How would you suggest we get better employees? Especially when the state is understaffed as it is with these dirt bags you want fired. I dont work in the child welfare section of dhs, but i cant tell you how many people I've met in just the last few months that have transfered from child welfare because they are tired with putting up with the trouble only to be spit on by the public.

fyi, plumbers and electricians make more money, maybe thats why they're more upstanding citizens.
cliff

Norman, OK

#182 Feb 20, 2010
happy to help wrote:
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How would you suggest we get better employees? Especially when the state is understaffed as it is with these dirt bags you want fired. I dont work in the child welfare section of dhs, but i cant tell you how many people I've met in just the last few months that have transfered from child welfare because they are tired with putting up with the trouble only to be spit on by the public.
fyi, plumbers and electricians make more money, maybe that's why they're more upstanding citizens.
Plumbers and carpenters require more training than a DHS worker.
They go through years of training and supervision before they are allowed to work on our homes. Which is more valuable to you . Your house or your children?
happy to help

Oklahoma City, OK

#183 Feb 20, 2010
cliff wrote:
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Plumbers and carpenters require more training than a DHS worker.
They go through years of training and supervision before they are allowed to work on our homes. Which is more valuable to you . Your house or your children?
plumbers and carpenters dont require a 4 yr degree. but youre right, plumbers and carpenters go through much more rigorous training. the question isnt what i value more. its what you value more. dhs is a goverment agency, ultimately answering to politicians. the public votes in politicians. sounds like society needs to adjust its values.(see my previous statement about dhs being a symptom, not the sickness)
Tiredofdhs

Greenville, TX

#184 Feb 20, 2010
Chris - you can go look it up since you seem so fond of looking up info and defending OKDHS, but there was an independent study done recently, no more than a couple of years old, that rated OKDHS among the worst 5 DHS organizations in the country. I don't know about you, but I have no desire to be in the bottom 5 out of 50 states! And I know people that have had personal experience with OKDHS - out of 7 workers that I am familiar with, 1 was halfway decent. Again, not sure about you, but I can't stand those odds - our families deserve WAY better than that!

Fran - amazing how you talk about people being bitter and you are apparently extremely bitter yourself! There are issues everywhere, there are bad parents everywhere, but OKDHS goes out of their way to overreact when there's nothing there and do NOTHING when they should be doing something!!! Do your research on OKDHS before trashing everyone for legitimate concerns and opinions!
Anon

Chicago, IL

#185 Feb 20, 2010
So Yeah. What are you hiding?
Yeah wrote:
I know a little more about this than the new story reports. I can't explain the driving arrest, but I do happen to have an awareness of other issues pertaining to the prescription case that are very enlightening. In that instance, there was no malfeasance, just an honest mistake with no intent whatsoever to deceive or scam for drugs. Everyone involved--the pharmacist, the arresting officer, the defendant--all reportedly agree on this, but had to follow legal mandates. And that incident was days ago, not in the last 24 hours.
I can also vouch for this worker personally. Despite peoples' negative views of DHS, this is a GOOD person with a history of having helped and supported many, many victims. If any of YOUR worst moments were reported, and none of your qualities and successes were, nobody would look very decent. Folks, this is a decent, hard-working person. I'm so sorry for her predicament, and hope she finds good care with these issues, but do not jeer and applaud at her misfortune because of merciless prejudice about DHS.

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