Date Requested:March 04, 2011
Time Requested:04:14 PM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
Comm. Sub2. SB447
CBD Subject: SCHOOL ATTENDANCE VIOLATIONS
FUND(S)
0403 - Div of Human Services General Administration Fund, 8722 - Cons Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Admin Fund
Sources of Revenue
General Fund,Other Fund
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 legislation is to improve school attendance, by requiring county school superintendents to request and obtain an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Resources of the household of a student with five or more unexcused absences. As written, this legislation would require the Bureau for Children and Families to hire an additional 497.48 workers statewide for a total impact of $28,406,398.
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 28,406,398 27,510,930
Personal Services 0 26,128,251 26,128,251
Current Expenses 0 1,382,679 1,382,679
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 895,468 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    Assumptions: Personal Services estimate of $26,128,251 is based on an average of the mid-range salary amounts for the following positions ($40,404): Youth Service Worker (Soc Serv. Worker 3) - $37,278; Child Protective Services Worker Trainee - $39,522; Child Protective Services Worker - $44,412. Supervisors are classified as Child Protective Service Supervisor - $49,920 and Aides are classifed as Office Assistant 3 - $29,178. Fringe benefits are estimated at 30% of salary.
    The number of children with five or more unexcused absences is approximately 57,065 per the Department of Education. The current ratio of cases per worker is 15. Equipment per additional worker is estimated at $1,800: which includes 1 computer ($1,200), 1 desk & chair ($400), and 1 phone ($200) per additional worker for a total estimated cost of $895,468. A review of each county's available office space has been conducted by the Division of Real Estate noting whether each county office could accomodate the additional workers. Based on their review, the current expense total represents an estimate of the additional cost needed to accomodate the additional workers in a new facility.
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Michael J. Lewis, M.D., Ph.D., Secretary
Email Address:
dhhrbudgetoffice@wv.gov