The mission of the Office of the Secretary is to provide leadership, direction and a management support system to the offices of the Department of Social Services and to other consumers of its services, and to provide licensing and rate setting services to service providers required to be licensed.
The goals of the Office of the Secretary are:
1. Provide overall direction and administrative support to the Department of Social Services (DSS).
2. Conduct a licensing program for DSS that will give a measure of protection to the children and adults of this state who are in care on a regular or consistent basis in those facilities that are required to be licensed by DSS.
3. Establish fair per diem rate for 24-hour substitute care providers in programs such as residential treatment facilities, independent and transitional living programs, private foster care providers and therapeutic family care providers.
The Office of the Secretary consists of a single program, Executive and Administrative Support. The former Licensing and Rate Setting Program, Program B, has been combined into the Executive and Administrative Support Program, pursuant to approval granted by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget in October of 1998.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $808,583 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana.
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