Date Requested:February 18, 2010
Time Requested:12:24 PM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2010R1346 Revised HB4438
CBD Subject: PILOT PROGRAM FOR AT RISK YOUTH
FUND(S)
0403 - Div of Human Services General Administration Fund, 8722 - Cons Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Adman Fund
Sources of Revenue
General Fund,Other Fund Federal
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The purpose of this bill is to create a commission that will develop a pilot program to help at-risk youth in a selected county in West Virginia by introducing prevention strategies for children through early intervention and diversion strategies.
    
    The proposed legislation has a potential fiscal impact on the Department of Health and Human Resources. Please refer to memorandum section below for possible costs and additional concerns.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2010
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Patsy A. Hardy
Email Address:
dhhrbudgetoffice@wv.gov
    The proposed legislation states the program will be operated by a local community-based organization in partnership with other state and private agencies. There is not enough specific information as to the duties of the organization. Therefore the Department is not able to estimate costs as written.
    
    Based on recommended caseload ratios, it is estimated that the costs of opening an office and providing case management to the target population would be $350,520. This assumption is based on salary and benefits totaling $289,900 for 1 FTE - Director @ $50,000, 4 FTE - Caseworker @ $37,000, 1 FTE Administrative Assistant @ $25,000. There would be equipment costs of $23,700 (6 computers @ $1,200 + 6 desks @ $300 + copier lease @ $400/month + phone/fax/internet @ $700/month + initial fee phone @ $1,500). Current expense cost would be $19,200 (postage @ $1,200 + office supplies @ $3,600 + rent @ $12,000 + utilities @ $2,400). Other costs of $17,720 (caseworker travel @ $9,720 +liability insurance @ $5,000 + training @ $3,000)
    
    Based on these estimates the on-going yearly costs would be $338,820.
    
    The caseload ratios assumptions that were used are; caseworker 1:17, supervisor 1:6 and administrative assistant of 1:6.
    
    This budget does not include costs for the delivery of intensive wrap around services. We are not able to project costs for undefined services and uncertain quantities of those services. However those additional services would significantly increase the cost for this initiative. Also the bill, as written, could lead to children being served that are not in the department's purview and there is no way to accurately gauge the number of children that could be ultimately served (i.e. truancy).
    
    The current efforts/strategies of the Department do align with the goal of the proposed commission and the pilot program as briefly outlined in the bill.