Program Authorization: R.S. 36:471
The mission of the Licensing and Rate Setting Program is to develop licensing regulations and carry out licensing of all child care and social care programs legislatively mandated to be licensed by DSS and to establish per diem payment rates for 24-hour substitute care programs.
The goals of the Licensing and Rate Setting Program are:
1. Conduct a licensing program for DSS that will give the highest level 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.
2. Develop and/or maintain regulations for all programs required to be licensed by DSS.
3. Establish per diem rates for 24-hours substitute care providers in programs such as residential treatment facilities, independent/transitional living programs, private foster care, and therapeutic family care.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Office of the Secretary, through its Licensing and Rate Setting Program, will visit 100% of the licensed child care and adult care facilities that require licensure, on a statewide basis, to assess the quality of programming offered and determine adherence to licensing and regulations.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Office of the Secretary, through its Licensing and Rate Setting Program, will register 100% of the family day care homes that apply for child care funding.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with general fund, interagency transfers, self-generated revenues and federal funds. The interagency transfers are from the agencies within the Department of Social Services. The self-generated revenues are from: (1) licensing fees, and (2) the sales of licensing manuals. The federal funds are from: (1) the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and (2) the Title IV-A At-Risk Child Care Grant.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 97.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 74.9% of the total request ($2,654,715) for this program. The major changes reflected in the analysis of recommendation include: increased funding for all 41 recommended positions totaling $57,570; and decreased funding to reflect an anticipated attrition factor of 2% totaling ($126,430).
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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