The mission of the Office of Community Services is to provide for the public child welfare function of the state, including but not limited to, child protective services; making permanent plans for foster children, 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.
The goal of the Office of Community Services is to provide services to individuals and families that will maximize human potential, with special emphasis on the protection of individuals who, because of youth, poverty, age or handicapping condition cannot adequately assure their own well being or safety in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.
In addition, the Office of Community Service provides purchased services through contract to enhance the quality of life for vulnerable individuals through the provision of energy assistance, weatherization and emergency shelter for the homeless, and to aid local communities in prevention of child abuse and neglect.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriations, $16,880 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 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 1998-1999 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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