OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-7167

AN ACT CONCERNING BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 7786)

House Calendar No.: 318


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

7,283

58,191

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

740

22,083

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Gain

None

240,100

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a state cost of approximately $8,023 in FY 18 and a net General Fund revenue gain of $159,826 in FY 19 from the establishment of a new “Behavior Analyst” (BA) licensure category under the Department of Public Health (DPH).

The cost to the DPH in FY 18 primarily reflects two half-time positions, an Office Assistant and a Special Investigator, starting on 6/1/18. This start date allows for one month of training before the implementation of the new licensure category on 7/1/18. The cost of salaries ($4,833 in FY 18 and $57,991 in FY 19), equipment ($2,450 in FY 18 for two computers with software and one scanner), and associated other expenses ($200 annually beginning in FY 19 for printing, postage, and office supplies) are estimated to total $7,283 in FY 18 and $58,191 in FY 19. The State Comptroller fringe benefit cost for these positions is $740 in FY 18 and $22,083 in FY 19.

General Fund revenue of $240,100 in FY 19 is anticipated from the initial licensure application fee of $350. It is anticipated that 586 board-certified BAs in Connecticut, and approximately 100 more individuals, will apply for licensure in FY 19. As licenses must be renewed annually (the fee is $175 under the bill) revenue from license renewals will not be generated until the out years.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of initial and renewal BA licenses issued by DPH, associated costs (a 2% cost inflation is anticipated), and General Fund revenue from fees. In the out years, approximately 100 individuals are anticipated to seek BA licensure annually. This would result in a revenue gain of $35,000 annually from initial licensure fees. Anticipated revenue of $35,000 initial license fees and $120,050 from license renewals will exceed state costs of $58,091 by $96,959 in FY 20.

House “A” delayed the effective date of the bill from 1/1/18 to 7/1/18 and made BA licensure renewal annual instead of biennial. These changes altered the fiscal impact identified on the underlying bill by: (1) reducing the cost to DPH by $29,196 and the cost to the State Comptroller by $4,441 in FY 18, (2) eliminating an anticipated General Fund revenue gain of $205,100 in FY 18, (3) generating General Fund revenue of the same amount in FY 19, and (4) increasing General Fund revenue by approximately $120,000 from renewal fees in the odd-numbered years beginning in FY 21.

Sources:

 Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc.  website: http://info.bacb.com/o.php?page=100155

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 38.08% of payroll in FY 18 and FY 19.