OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5537

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5611

File Copy No.: 535

House Calendar No.: 337

Senate Calendar No.: 567

OFA Fiscal Note

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The amendment results in significant savings to the General Fund, a potential General Fund revenue loss, and potential minimal costs. The sections that result in a fiscal impact are detailed below. The remaining sections are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

Sections 503 and 504 result in a potential cost to the Department of Correction and the Judicial Department associated with making violators of music therapist (Section 503) and art therapist (Section 504) statutes guilty of a class D felony. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this amendment, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community, or judicial revenue would result.  On average, it costs the state $7,260 (including benefits) to supervise an inmate in the community as opposed to $61,320 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender.

Section 512 may result in a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 17 to those agencies participating in a working group to reimburse legislators and agency staff for mileage expenses.

Section 513 may result in a revenue loss to the Department of Social Services (DSS) if DSS elects to waive the recoupment of overpayments to certain hospitals. 

Section 514 may result in a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 17 to those agencies participating in a task force to reimburse legislators and agency staff for mileage expenses.

Section 516 requires the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), not later than 10/1/16, to issue a request for information from nonprofits regarding their ability to serve as Connecticut's protection and advocacy (P&A) system. It is anticipated that, pursuant to the Governor's designation of the P&A nonprofit, OPM will contract with this entity beginning 7/1/17. This will result in a contract cost to OPM in FY 18, the amount of which is unknown at this time. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that the privatization of these services will yield significant General Fund savings associated with Personal Services, fringe benefits, and the leasing of office space. Currently, there are 12 positions in the Office of Protection and Advocacy (OPA) associated with P&A services.

Section 517 abolishes OPA in FY 18. Pursuant to Section 516, P&A functions will be provided by a nonprofit. Pursuant to Section 518 investigations of allegations of abuse or neglect will be performed by Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS). It is anticipated that approximately $1.2 million and 11 positions will be transferred to DORS in FY 18.

Section 519 establishes a Diabetes Advisory Council within the Department of Public Health within available appropriations, resulting in a potential cost of less than $1,000 in FY 17 and FY 18 for members incurring necessary expenses in the performance of their duties, such as mileage reimbursement.

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.