OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5642

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

152,748

152,748

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

61,008

61,008

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

50,000

50,000

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Cost

360,000

360,000

Children & Families, Dept.; Correction, Dept.; Education, Dept.; Judicial Dept.; Mental Health & Addiction Serv., Dept.; Criminal Justice, Div.; Pub. Defender Serv. Com.; Policy & Mgmt., Off.

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

State Department of Education (SDE) Costs

The bill requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to expand duties in a number of areas, including: truancy, school-based diversion initiatives, school expulsion, alternative education, and remediation plans. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Education to address deficiencies found in the juvenile justice system and to develop a plan to address educational needs of youth reentering the community.

The additional requirements will result in the need for two additional Education Service Specialists, with an average salary of $76,374 and corresponding fringe benefits of $30,504; for a total cost of $152,748 to SDE and $61,008 to the State Comptroller. Additionally, SDE will require additional funds totaling $50,000 for research, policy development, professional development and training, and meeting facilitation.

Additionally, the new requirements will also result in a cost to local and regional school districts. The additional costs will depend on the size of the district, the number of additional notices the district must issue, the number of additional meetings the district must hold, and the truancy plan the district chooses to implement.

Department of Children and Family (DCF) Costs

The bill results in a cost to DCF of $360,000 annually. It requires DCF to implement a Raise the Grade program, which was previously budgeted for in the FY 14 and FY 15 Biennial Budget as a pilot program for $300,000 in each fiscal year. Actual FY 15 expenditures were $352,679, which supported three full-time coordinators, one for each of the three cities (Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven).

Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) Data Working Group Costs

The bill creates a data working group of the JJPOC and requires various agencies to serve on the group. They are required to develop, implement, and maintain a data integration process linking data on children across executive branch agencies (through the Office of Policy and Management's integrated data system) and the Judicial Branch (through the Court Support Services Division). In addition, they are required to develop recommendations for use and access to such data. To the extent that this will require the utilization of technology or other consultants, the bill will result in a cost to the affected agencies.

The Out Years

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

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.