OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5285

AN ACT REQUIRING THE STATE OMBUDSMAN TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS CONCERNING RECIPIENTS OF HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

State Dept. of Aging

GF - Cost

202,800

270,400

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

80,998

107,998

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

This bill establishes a new position of Assistant State Ombudsman, and expands the duties of the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman to include oversight of home and community based services.

It is anticipated that these changes will require at least four new positions at the Department on Aging, at a cost of $283,798 in FY 17 and $378,398 in FY 18. These positions include the new Assistant position (with an estimated salary of $77,200) and three new regional ombudsmen (with an estimated salary of $64,400) to carry out the expanded oversight of home and community based services.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Department of Administrative Services website

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 39.94% of payroll in FY 17 and FY 18.