Summit County Children Services is participating in a national study looking for ways to reduce burnout of caseworkers, Beacon Journal news partner News 5 Cleveland reports.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says turnover at child welfare agencies is typically six times the average rate for all industries.

“Our turnover here is lower than most, but I will say in 2017, it was one of the highest it has been for several years, around the seven percent mark,” agency Deputy Executive Director of Human Resources Valarie Nash told the television station. “That’s high for us, but it’s low within our industry.”

Eight Ohio counties will participate in the project led by the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development. The organization is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ohio is one of just a few states with a child welfare system supervised by the state but run by counties. ODJFS Director Cynthia Dungey says that puts Ohio in a unique position to provide information about turnover and other staffing challenges.

The eight Ohio counties participating in the three-year study are Champaign, Clark, Hamilton, Knox, Montgomery, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne.

Read the full News 5 Cleveland report here.