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Karen R. Garber

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Social Services Program Coordinat...

Nassau County Department of Social Services
Nassau County
272 Old Country Rd
Mineola , New York 11501
United States

Company Description: Welcome to Nassau County, Long Island. "The Island of Possibilities." I am incredibly proud of Nassau County, an exciting and dynamic place to visit, just steps...   more

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  • Founder
    Behavioral Health Unit
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Child abuse reaches new highs on Long Island (The Nassau County PBA), 13 June 2009 [cached]
The number of cases grew from 6,624 to 7,192 between 2007 and 2008, an 8 percent increase, said Karen Garber, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County Department of Social Services.
Garber said public attention surrounding the case of Leatrice Brewer, a New Cassel resident who drowned her three children in February 2008, contributed to an increase in reports in Nassau.
"[We have] carefully reviewed the ..., 27 Feb 2009 [cached]
"[We have] carefully reviewed the New York State Office of Children and Family Services report and find that it echoes the findings of the county's own investigation," said Karen R. Garber, program coordinator for the Nassau County Department of Social Services (NCDSS). "As a result of the county's findings, the department of social services has been proactive in improving service delivery and has done so in a transparent manner."
The department, said Garber, has established a Behavioral Health Unit to assist in identifying and coordinating assessments and services for families who are in crisis due to mental health and/or substance abuse issues; instituted a Children & Family Quality Case Review Team, which will randomly review cases to assess the quality of casework; and added a CPS "Case of the Week" that reviews selected cases with input from multiple county departments.
Additionally, she said Nassau's Department of Social Services caseworkers have been provided wireless computers to access relevant case information while making field visits; offering refresher training and new training for caseworkers, including conducting training jointly with the police department; and convening interagency discussions to improve information-sharing between departments.
According to Garber, Nassau proactively supported the New York State legislation for CPS to obtain criminal records of subjects of a report, which was signed by Governor David Paterson in September 2008, and checks all new CPS intakes through the Nassau County Swift Justice database.
"Nassau County Department of Social Services is in the process of preparing a written corrective action plan, which will be submitted to NYS Office of Children and Family Services," said Garber, adding that it will include "items that have already been implemented, such as making timely safety assessments and clearly documenting all casework interventions."
Karen Garber, a spokeswoman ..., 27 May 2008 [cached]
Karen Garber, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services, which includes CPS, declined to answer specific questions.In a statement, she said: "The department is cooperating fully with the commissioner of investigations and as always, we expect our employees to do the same."
Among the questions Garone said she is trying to answer: Should CPS have removed the children from Brewer's custody?
Karen Garber, the ..., 28 Feb 2008 [cached]
Karen Garber, the Department of Social Services program coordinator, said the caseworkers asked neighbors, checked whether the apartment lights were on and considered Brewer's history of answering the door for CPS when determining that she and the children were not at home.
"We had no legal authority to be involved in the court case," Garber said.
Karen R. Garber, Nassau ... [cached]
Karen R. Garber, Nassau County Department of Social Services
Professors Giffords and Garber examine the varying ideologies of poverty and analyze the impact of it has on specific at-risk populations, including people who are homeless, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, individuals with co-occurring disorders, and veterans and military families.
Karen R. Garber (BSW, MSW, Adelphi University; JD, Touro Law Center) is a social worker, attorney, and adjunct professor at Long Island University. She currently manages the Office of Consumer and Public Information and is administrator for Adult Protective Services, Family and Children's Services, and Child Protective Services at the Nassau County Department of Social Services. Prior to her current administrative position, Garber worked exclusively in child welfare, directly overseeing programs that included foster care, adoption, persons in need of supervision, juvenile delinquents, mentoring, and independent living. In 2012, Garber represented Long Island University Post Campus in Nanjing, China, where she taught students about current social work practices in the United States.
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