ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Child Protective Services in Chemung County could be expanding, with the unanimous approval of six new positions by the county legislature.

While it is reportedly recommended that Case Workers handle 12 cases per month, County Commissioner of Human Services Brian Hart says some are handling as many as 40 cases per month.

Chemung County ranks 54 out of the state's 64 counties for overdue investigations, according to the Star Gazette.

The new positions would allow Case Workers on staff to decrease their open cases to 15.

"Going forward, newly trained Case Work staff will ramp up their caseloads as follows; five cases during the first three months, five additional cases during the next three months, and the additional five cases in the three months to follow, to assure that they are supported for success prior to their probationary period ending at the 12 month period," Hart said in a letter to County Executive Chris Moss.

The total cost for the creation and support of these new positions would be $350,000. The county will be responsible for about a third of that funding, with state and federal reimbursement to cover the other two-thirds.