The mission of the Office of Community Services is to provide the public child welfare functions of the state. These include child protective services; making permanent plans for foster children and meeting their daily maintenance needs of food, shelter, clothing, necessary physical medical services, school supplies, and incidental personal needs; and adoption placement services for foster children freed for adoption. It is also the mission of this program to administer the federal grants for energy assistance and weatherization services for low-income persons and other such programs as assigned by the Secretary.
The goals of the Office of Community Services are:
1. Foster positive relationships with the community.
2. Provide effective, efficient, and quality services.
3. Maximize resources.
4. Improve the work environment.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriations, $5,409 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
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 and/or the Teachers' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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