OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-895

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8290

File Copy No.: 162

Senate Calendar No.: 109


OFA Fiscal Note

ELIMINATES FISCAL IMPACT

The amendment makes various changes to the underlying bill that are anticipated to eliminate the fiscal impact to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits identified in the fiscal note on File No. 162. It replaces 30-day and 60-day reporting requirements, which were estimated to result in a state cost of approximately $2.1 million in both FY 18 and FY 19, with an informational requirement. To the extent that the court will accept existing Child In Placement Case Plans as meeting this requirement, no fiscal impact to the state or municipalities is anticipated.

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.