IMPERIAL COUNTYÂ â€” TheÂ California State Association of Counties (CSAC) recognized Imperial County Child Support Services department with a Merit Award in recognition of their outstanding work ethic in accelerating the child support cases during the November 22 BOS meeting.
CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate said out of the 209 applications contesting forÂ the Merit Award it is very unique to award it to a border county.
â€œThe work that your Department of Child Support Services is doing with the nation of Mexico has really been a model for other border counties to follow,â€ said Cate.
He went on to say CSAC noted the department not only works with the Mexican Consulate, but also with the State of Baja California as well as with the courts.
â€œThree levels of cooperation at one time from one Imperial County department is extraordinary, we are very impressed by the results,â€ said Cate.
According to Cate, the average time to establish a case is approximately 196 days.
â€œThe time to establish a case has moved from 196 days to 64 days, thanks to your (Child Services Department) director Gustavo Roman and your Child Services department staff.Â
Child Support Services Interim Director Liza Barraza accepted the award on behalf of the County.
â€œItâ€™s truly an honor to receive this award and am extremely thankful to CSAC and the Board for the support over the past few years and for recognizing this underserved population that is our international cases in Mexico,â€ said Barraza.
Cate also thanked the department for taking the time to teach and explain their program and procedures to other counties across the state.