OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-895

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' STANDARDS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Cost

1,497,204

1,497,204

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

570,135

570,135

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the state of approximately $2.1 million in both FY 18 and FY 19. This cost reflects the addition of 20 staff positions within the Department of Children and Families (DCF) associated with reporting requirements that must be completed within 30 days and 60 days after a child/youth is committed to DCF. The bill also requires the agency to provide heightened supervision and frequent visitation for cases of abuse or neglect of children birth to three years old. As “heightened” and “frequent” are not defined, the magnitude of the fiscal impact from these provisions of the bill is unknown.2

Five Social Workers ($382,370 for salaries) and one Social Worker Supervisor (salary cost of $91,198) within the Foster and Adoptive Services Unit are reflected to assess the suitability of placements and potential barriers to licensure within 30 days after a child/youth is committed to DCF.

Ten Social Workers ($839,150 for salaries), two Social Worker Supervisors ($182,396 for salaries) and two Office Assistants ($93,288 for salaries) are reflected to report to the court, within two months, a child's/youth's medical, developmental, educational and treatment needs and the timeline for ensuring that such needs are met. Currently, Administrative Case Reviews (ACR) are completed within six months of a child/youth being committed to DCF, with 49 ACR Social Workers averaging 225 ACRs annually. There are approximately five ACR supervisors to every ACR social worker.

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 38.08% of payroll in FY 18 and FY 19.

2 The visitation standard for most children remaining in their homes is twice per month.