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Program B: Child Welfare Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:477

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Child Welfare Services program 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 medical services, school supplies, and incidental personal needs; and adoption placement services for foster children freed for adoption.

The goal of the Child Welfare Services Program is to ensure the safety of children by protecting them from caretaker abuse.

Approximately 2,628 children enter foster care each year. Usually about 99% of those entering the foster care system do so because of suspected child abuse, neglect or exploitation. State courts normally place about 2,500 children into the custody of the Office of Community Services each year, resulting in an ongoing foster care population of approximately 6,100 children.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Self-generated Revenue, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. Interagency transfer means of financing is from the Office of Family support for child day care services. Self-generated revenue is derived from parental contributions for foster children costs. The statutory dedication is the Children’s Trust Fund used for child abuse and neglect prevention services, that is recommended be transferred from the Community Based Services program. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal funds include: Title IV-E for foster children room and board costs; Title IV-E for Independent Living services; Title IV-B - Part 1; Title IV-B - Part 2; Child Abuse and Neglect Grant; Children's Justice Act Grant; Social Security Income (SSI); Social Security Disability Income (SSDI); Post Legal Adoption Grant, and the Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$80,370,099

$191,095,028

2,058

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$7,231,493

0

 

Carry Forward federal funds for various contract child welfare services not completed prior to June 30, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$80,370,099

$198,326,521

2,058

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20,1998

 

 

 

 

 

$428,606

$630,303

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$966,797

$1,421,761

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$1,257,000

$1,905,000

0

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($1,530,076)

($2,090,193)

0

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($7,231,493)

0

Nonrecurring Carry Forwards

$12,005

$17,655

0

 

Rent in State-owned Building

$37,307

$54,863

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings

$46,205

$70,007

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

($1,395,403)

($2,052,064)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

($46,205)

($70,007)

(2)

 

Personnel Reductions

$125,000

$184,000

0

Fund the cost of equipment maintenance contracts for copiers and computers with warranties expiring during FY 1999-2000

$0

$8,200,000

0

 

Add prior years federal funds to upgrade the agency’s computer system to meet federal Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System standards

$0

$1,000,000

0

 

Increase federal IV-E funds to transfer to the Department of Corrections, Office of Youth Development (OYD) for room and board costs for IV-E eligible foster children in the custody of OYD

$1,188,000

$1,740,000

0

Fund the cost of office space leases which are expiring and must be renewed at additional cost during FY 1999-2000

$13,000

$19,000

0

Fund the increase in the number, and the increased cost of copies of birth certificates from the Office of Public Health

$23,000

$34,000

0

Fund the cost of an additional number of criminal background checks on foster parents and staff to the Department of Public Safety

$0

$30,000

1

 

Provide one additional unclassified position for the Children’s Trust Fund

$500,000

$500,000

0

 

Transfer funding for the Families in Need of Service activity from the Community Based Services program

$175,000

$1,322,356

1

 

Transfer the funding and position associated with the Children’s Trust Fund from the Community Based Services program

$4,944

$38,034

1

 

Transfer one position and associated funding from the Community Based Services program at the agency’s request

($261,000)

($450,000)

0

Transfer funding for computer data lines and circuits to the Administration program for transfer to the DSS, Office of the Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

$81,914,279

$203,599,743

2,059

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

         

$1,544,180

$5,273,222

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.9% of the total request ($219,120,888) for this program. Major changes include: a $1,174,000 increase in funding for office space leases that will expire during FY 1999-2000, and must be renewed at additional cost; a $1,322,356; increase to reflect the Children’s Trust Fund child abuse and neglect prevention services, and an increase of $500,000 for the Families in Need of Services, both of which activities are recommended be transferred from the Community Based Services program, an increase of $184,000 for equipment maintenance contracts for equipment with warranties expiring during FY 1999-2000, plus $8,200,000 of prior years federal funds to upgrade the agency’s computer system to meet federal criteria for a Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System and $1,000,000 of additional federal IV-E funds to transfer to the Dept. of Corrections, Office of Youth Development for room and board costs for IV-E eligible foster children. These increases were partially offset by decreased funding in the amount of $7,231,493 for nonrecurring carry forwards, and by $450,000 for computer data lines and circuits transferred to the Administration program for transfer to the Office of the Secretary.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$101,331

 

Legal services

 

 

 

$101,331

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$25,589,060

 

Residential facility board costs

$18,738,018

 

Foster family care board costs

$10,025,709

 

Adoption subsidy payments

$3,596,151

 

Family support & preservation contracts

$5,268,276

 

Therapeutic foster care costs

$5,100,000

 

Upgrade the agency computer system to meet federal Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System standards

$2,531,496

 

Foster children transportation, education and miscellaneous expenses

$5,168,178

 

Foster children medical evaluation and treatment costs

$4,702,000

 

Specialized family board cost

$2,821,128

 

Office Systems Analysis

$2,161,971

 

Family preservation services

$2,100,000

 

Protective day care services

$2,005,000

 

Alternative day care

$2,061,388

 

Foster children transitional living costs

$1,059,980

 

Foster children clothing costs

$1,358,131

 

Foster children independent living costs

$1,234,554

 

Foster parent and staff training

$1,600,000

 

Families in Need of Services (FINS) funding paid to local courts

$904,844

 

Social work staff training and stipends

$830,000

 

Specialized foster family costs

$706,390

 

Respite care for foster parents

$697,000

 

Foster and adoptive home recruitment costs

$423,106

 

Child abuse and neglect prevention services

$1,422,462

 

Children’s Justice Act legal services

$190,392

 

Part time foster care costs

$191,000

 

Out-of-home prevention assistance

$823,000

 

Child protection evaluations

$192,900

 

Family reunification assistance

$199,051

 

Foster children reunification assistance

$100,000

 

Post legal adoption assistance

$75,770

 

Evaluation of federal adoptions grant

$75,000

 

Legal services

$45,000

 

Client related travel costs

$31,500

 

Transitional services costs

$30,000

 

Purchase of adoption services

$7,000

 

Intercountry Social Services contract

$6,305

 

Emergency shelter costs

$3,000

 

Foster and adoptive parents criminal history check costs

 

 

$104,074,760

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$24,000

 

DHH, Office of Public Health for copies of birth certificates

$137,351

 

Department of State for microfilming

$88,102

 

Division of Administration for printing

$265,073

 

Rent and maintenance of State owned buildings

$700,000

 

DSS, Office of Family Support for shared space costs

$510,035

 

Department of Health and Hospitals for medical services

$5,110,000

 

Dept. of Corrections for IV-E eligible room and board costs

$20,000

 

Governors office for the Children’s Cabinet

$252,424

 

DSS, Office of Secretary for supplies

$650,000

 

Greenwell Springs Hospital for 16 bed girls inpatient unit

$34,000

 

Dept. of Public Safety for criminal history checks

 

 

 

$7,790,985

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$5,012,000

 

Replacement of obsolete, damaged, or inoperative equipment

 

 

 

$5,012,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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