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Program C: Community-Based Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:477

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Community-Based Services Program is to provide purchased services, through contract, to enhance the quality of life for vulnerable individuals through provision of energy assistance, weatherization, emergency shelter for the homeless, refugee resettlement services, and to aid local communities in prevention of child and adult abuse and neglect and to securing services for physically, social, and economically disadvantage citizens.

The goals of the Community-Based Services Program are:

1. Enhance the quality of life of vulnerable individuals through the provision of contracted services designed to improve the effects of age, poverty, physical or socially handicapping conditions.

2. Secure available funding to support community based social services as well as child abuse and neglect prevention by providing staffing levels adequate to annually develop grant applications and to implement planning and reporting activities for grants to meet federal requirements on a timely basis.

3. Ensure the availability of and the quality of services statewide by providing adequate staffing levels to maintain an in-house capability to develop and monitor contracts and provide technical assistance to providers.

The Office of Community Services is responsible for the provision of social services to individuals and families who are experiencing or are at risk of abuse neglect, dependency, and/or isolation from the larger community. Many of these services are more efficiently and effectively provided by local agencies, or governments who have the knowledge, expertise and manpower necessary to match resources with need, determine eligibility, and provide services. Several of the services, i.e., Weatherization, emergency shelter for the homeless, services funded with Urban and Rural Enterprise Community funds, and Children's Trust Fund abuse and neglect prevention services are required by state and federal law to be provided by local organizations, and by monitoring the contracts and providing technical assistance to subrecipients to improve their performance. In order to ensure that the federal dollars are secured for the citizens of Louisiana, and that there is proper accountability for the funds, a staff is required to manage federal grants, develop program policy and procedures, and monitor the contracts and corrective actions.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. The Office of Community Services will make home energy assistance available statewide to 30,000 eligible households, reduce the impact of high cost of home energy on low income families in FY 1998-99.

2. The Office of Community Services will make weatherization services available statewide to 1,804 eligible households, reduce the impact of the high cost of home energy on low income families by June 30, 1999.

1 The Division of Community Services requested a waiver to some DOE (Department of Education) policies. DOE's response was received after the program year began, therefore contracts were late being put in place. The difference in units will be reflected (completed) in the 1997 program year.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services will provide funding and support to 50 programs and prevention activities addressing the needs of our homeless.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services will make services available to 1,950 persons of refugee status and foster 450 job placements in targeted areas of need where individuals experience dependency and isolation from the community as a result of refugee status.

5. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services will make services available to 500 youth, 250 seniors and 480 parents in targeted areas of need where individuals experience dependency and isolation from the community as a result of personal and/or environmental factors.

1 Services have been converted to number of youth and services to arrive at total services.

6. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services, will develop and monitor contracts and provide technical assistance to providers of service in each geographical area and service area included in the Community Based Services Program.

7. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services will secure 100% of available federal funds to support community based social services.

8. The Office of Community Services will provide 90,000 educational or support services to children, parents and families through local public, nonprofit and "grass-roots" efforts in child abuse and neglect prevention throughout the state by June 30,1999.

9. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services will make services available in two urban distressed Louisiana communities where pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress are prevalent.

10. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services will make services available in two rural distressed Louisiana communities where pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress are prevalent.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with general fund, self-generated revenues, statutory dedications and federal funds. The self-generated revenues are collected through donations to the Children's Trust Fund. The statutory dedications are generated from a birth certificate fee collected by the Office of Public Health for the Children's Trust Fund. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The federal funds are from: (1) the Department of Energy for Weatherization, (2) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), (3) Refugee Social Services Grant, (4) Refugee Targeted Assistance Grant, (5) Refugee Job Links Grant, (6) Challenge Grant, (7) Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), (8) Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Emergency Shelter, and (9) the Community Based Child Abuse and Neglect Grant.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,257,762

$13,218,320

21

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$18,063,095

0

 

Carryforward of community based services from various revenue sources - Low Income Home Energy Assistance ($9,543,645); Urban Enterprise Community Grant ($3,055,490); Rural Enterprise Community Grant ($2,950,905); Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Shelter payments ($1,597,275); Department of Energy Weatherization services ($795,821); and Refugee Targeted Assistance services ($119,859); all are for purchases that could not be liquidated prior to June 30, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$1,257,762

$31,281,415

21

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($18,063,095)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for community based services from various revenue sources - Low Income Home Energy Assistance ($9,543,645); Urban Enterprise Community Grant ($3,055,490); Rural Enterprise Community Grant ($2,950,905); Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Shelter payments ($1,597,275); Department of Energy Weatherization services ($795,821); and Refugee Targeted Assistance services ($119,859); all are for purchases that could not be liquidated prior to June 30, 1997

$0

($459,327)

0

 

Nonrecurring adjustment for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Shelter grant ($437,000); and the Homeless Trust Fund ($22,327)

$15,734

$21,554

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$16,050

$21,986

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($180,250)

($246,917)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($2,090)

($4,180)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($100,000)

($100,000)

0

 

Transfer - Eliminate funding for Rapides Children's Advocacy Center and utilize in Foster Care program for services

 

 

 

 

 

$1,007,206

$12,451,436

21

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($250,556)

($18,829,979)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 39.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 80.5% of the total request ($15,476,795) for this program. The major changes reflected in the analysis of recommendation include: decreased funding for the Rapides Children's Advocacy Center totaling $100,000; decreased funding in nonrecurring carryforwards totaling ($18,063,095); decreased funding for a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant totaling ($437,000); increased funding for all 21 recommended positions totaling $43,540; and decreased funding to reflect an anticipated attrition factor of 2% totaling ($246,917).

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$5,248

 

Other Professional Services for consultations in training provided in the Weatherization program

 

 

 

$5,248

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$347,356

 

Child Abuse & Neglect Grant - 100% Federal (Expended by the Children's Trust Fund)

$905,000

 

Children's Trust Fund for the development and implementation of statewide programs designed for primary prevention of child abuse and neglect

$1,279,673

 

Homeless Assistance program for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter, and other homeless prevention activities

$6,561,925

 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program for direct payments to energy suppliers on behalf of low-income households

$598,402

 

Refugee Resettlement program to assist refugees in becoming productive, self-sufficient residents of the U.S.

$482,000

 

Community Development Grants

$1,203,022

 

Weatherization program for the reduction of home energy costs to low income households

 

 

 

$11,377,378

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$200

 

Division of Administration for printing of forms, manuals, letterhead, etc.

$35,000

 

Department of Health and Hospitals - to the Advisory Council on Teen Pregnancy for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

$2,362

 

DSS - Office of the Secretary for purchase of office supplies

 

 

 

$37,562

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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