OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-972

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF YOUTHS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7782

File Copy No.: 195

Senate Calendar No.: 177


OFA Fiscal Note

POTENTIAL COST OF LESS THAN $1,000

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact.  There is no anticipated state or municipal fiscal impact associated with Sections 1, 3, 4 - 7 of the amendment as they are either (1) anticipated to be accomplished without incurring a cost, (2) current agency practice or (3) required to be implemented to the extent that private and/or federal funding is available.

Section 2 requires the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families to provide, to the extent that private, federal or philanthropic funding is available, professional development training to pediatricians and child care providers to help prevent and identify mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues in children by utilizing the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies.  Funding of $250,000 is included in OEC's budget in sHB 6350, the FY 14 and FY 15 budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee for this purpose.

Section 8 results in a potential cost to the Office of Legislative Management of less than $1,000 in both FY 14 and FY 15 for reimbursement of legislator and staff expenses associated with participation in a Children's Mental Health Task Force.  Members of the Task Force (which will terminate on or before 9/30/14) serve without compensation but shall, within the limits of available funds, be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties, hence this potential cost.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.