OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
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AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' STANDARDS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.
LCO No.: 6927
File Copy No.: 162
Senate Calendar No.: 109
OFA Fiscal Note
REDUCES FISCAL IMPACT
The amendment makes various changes to the underlying bill that reduce the anticipated cost to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits by approximately $1.9 million, from an annual cost of approximately $2.1 million to approximately $211,919.
The amendment eliminates 30-day and 60-day reporting requirements from the underlying bill. It requires, instead, a report to the court on the safety and suitability of every child or youth's out-of-home placement1 by the agency, and a timeline for ensuring that the child or youth's needs are met, within 90 days of placement. This is anticipated to result in an annual cost of $211,191 for two social workers (at an annual cost of $152,984 to DCF for salaries and an annual cost of $58,243 to the State Comptroller for associated fringe benefits) to support the completion of these reports within the required timeframe. 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.
Finally, there was a cost to DCF identified in the fiscal note on the underlying bill, the magnitude of which could not be determined, from requiring the agency to provide “heightened” supervision and “frequent” visitation for cases of abuse or neglect of children birth to three years old. Both these words are eliminated in the amendment (as is the restriction of these provisions to the investigatory period) and are replaced with “appropriate,” eliminating this indeterminate cost to DCF.
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.
1 The requirements set forth in section 17a-114, and such child or youth's medical, dental, developmental, educational, and treatment needs, must be taken into account in determining placement suitability.