Long term recovery group in need of caseworkers

The Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group is in need of more caseworkers to help survivors.

Posted: Jan 2, 2020 9:30 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group is in need of more caseworkers to help survivors.

It's lack of funding and resources from the state and federal government that executive director Matt Plotkin said is restricting the group from meeting the need in the county.

Plotkin said they have 37 case managers hired in the county, only 12 of those are federally funded. He also said there were 910 open cases in November and 94 were closed that same month.

He said the group's role is to bridge the gap that the government does not do.

"FEMA has really asked us to build a bridge, and not from one side of the valley to another side but really to span the Pacific Ocean and we do not have the capacity," he said.

Plotkin said 7,000 households are available for FEMA assistance and the agency's metric designated 35 cases to one case manager.

"When they supply us with 12, that math doesn't add up. So I am dissatisfied with the resources that are available to us to be as survivor focused as we wish. I am very satisfied with the way that our member organizations do what they do," he explained.

Additionally, Plotkin said at the end of the day, they are member-driven and survivor focused.

He said an assessment by World Renew will be taking place in the burn scar area to survey survivors and that will help the group be able to figure out what resources are missing and how to translate that into their requests to either philanthropic or federal levels.

This assessment will take place from Jan. 13 through Jan. 24.

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