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Caseworker Salaries and Benefits and Related Programs

4400-1100

funding levels adjusted for inflation (cpi)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (cpi) NOT adjusted
FY18 $133,127,056 $133,127,056
FY17 $137,471,905 $134,461,326
FY16 $144,492,258 $138,750,111
FY15 $132,435,103 $126,324,008
FY14 $133,911,843 $126,823,665
FY13 $122,102,126 $113,868,997
FY12 $122,795,933 $112,620,093
FY11 $118,938,896 $105,970,505
FY10 $122,041,845 $106,620,052
FY09 $144,615,082 $125,109,425
FY08 $146,220,298 $124,751,012
FY07 $149,563,193 $123,038,675
FY06 $148,265,991 $118,881,903
FY05 $151,876,539 $117,344,080
FY04 $156,723,411 $117,556,865
FY03 $165,408,466 $121,393,732
FY02 $180,355,969 $129,510,636
FY01 $194,286,296 $137,086,312
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Funding for Caseworker Salaries and Benefits and Related Programs
9.0%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (cpi)

Notes

  • Two line items funding Dept. of Transitional Assistance caseworker salaries and benefits were incorporated into the line item funding the Dept. of Transitional Assistance in FY03 and FY04. Caseworker salaries and benefits were re-distributed back to one of these separate line items starting in FY06. In FY10, $4.8 million was shifted to the Dept. of Housing and Community Development to a new line item funding the caseworkers working with homeless families.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Caseworker Salaries and Benefits funds salaries for caseworkers at the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Even as SNAP (formerly food-stamps) caseloads have grown in the past decade, funding for caseworkers has been reduced causing severe increases in the number of cases each caseworker administers.

A federal entitlement program, SNAP benefits are almost entirely paid for by the federal government. In 2000 Massachusetts had the worst take-up rate for eligible people in the country and in 2006 only 54 percent of eligible people were signed up. Massachusetts has launched a number of initiatives to increase participation and in 2010, 75 percent were signed up. By 2012, over 90% of eligible people were signed up. Since 2002, the SNAP caseload has increased more than 300 percent. At the same time these initiatives were raising SNAP participation levels, the number of case workers decreased by more than 30 percent. Caseload levels, once averaging below 300 are double or triple that number in some offices.

Caseworkers perform a multitude of services including intake and screening, assessments, case management, benefit services, family resource services, while also meeting regulatory requirements for federal reporting. Any person applying for or receiving SNAP benefits has a caseworker who determines eligibility. For those who are eligible, case workers provide any needed information and help navigate the process of signing up. High caseload levels affect the quality of service provided to each case and reduce the timeliness of processing both new applications and re-certifications.

Adjusted for inflation (cpi) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $133,127,056 $133,127,056
FY18 Leg $133,127,056 $133,127,056
FY18 Sen $134,695,143 $134,695,143
FY18 SWM $134,695,143 $134,695,143
FY18 Hou $134,670,144 $134,670,144
FY18 HWM $134,670,144 $134,670,144
FY18 Gov $134,747,475 $134,747,475
FY17 $137,471,905 $134,461,326

Notes

  • Two line items funding Dept. of Transitional Assistance caseworker salaries and benefits were incorporated into the line item funding the Dept. of Transitional Assistance in FY03 and FY04. Caseworker salaries and benefits were re-distributed back to one of these separate line items starting in FY06. In FY10, $4.8 million was shifted to the Dept. of Housing and Community Development to a new line item funding the caseworkers working with homeless families.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.