County Board discusses Red Lake child foster care numbers
February 6, 2017
BEMIDJI -- A review of a new county Social Services employee position morphed into a broader talk on the issue of court-ordered child placement at Red Lake on Tuesday during a Beltrami County Board of Commissioners work session.
Social Services Division Director Jeff Lind and Finance Director Janelle Vance were supposed to give a report on the new Case Aid position filled by Debbie Poxleitner in Red Lake in July. Through her efforts tracking down the right paperwork, Poxleitner has been instrumental in securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional reimbursements from the federal government to the county for doing child placement casework, Vance and Lind said. Poxleitner's work helped garner almost an estimated $200,000 in additional reimbursements for one fiscal quarter alone -- translating into roughly a million dollars in added revenue per year.