|Date Requested:February 17, 2012
Time Requested:03:03 PM
| FUND(S) |
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:A New Program
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
|The purpose of this bill is to appropriate funds through the WV State Legislature to establish a pilot program for school-age expectant mothers. The proposed pilot program would be located in Charleston, West Virginia and have the following required components: county-wide transportation for students and their newborn infants during the pregnancy and for not more than one year after the birth of the infant; on-site day care services for the infants during the school day; on-site obstetrical and pediatric health services; on-site prenatal and parenting education for teenage parents, including instruction in the stages of child growth and development, methods for aiding in the intellectual, language, physical and social development of children and guidance on constructive play activities; on-site therapeutic support group with oversight and leadership by a qualified clinical professional; an exemption from minimum attendance requirements for absences related to pregnancy or parenting except that student participants shall be required to make up all course work due to absence; flexible scheduling to assure success in the pilot program in addition to attaining all requirements for graduation; and a minimum teacher student ratio. This bill was introduced to follow the Kentucky program for teenage mothers.|
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||0||887,854||411,488|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||0|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
Estimated calculations were based on services being provided on-site at a school with no facilities or staff in place to support needed services for a total 25 teen moms. According to the WV Health Statistics, in 2008 Kanawha County's teen births for teens ages 15 - 19 was 204, with calculations based on an average of 25 teen births per high school (total of 8 high schools in the county). Costs incurred with such calculations include bus modifications for providing transportation of infants in the school bus ($1,000 per student), building facility and providing services for on-site day care and health services ($719,430), and a medium salary for one full-time staff for parenting courses ($47,808). For the following year, estimated calculations decreased significantly due to having buses fully equipped and facilities in place.
If calculations were based on a full service school model, with each school providing services on-site without removing the expectant parents from their home school, fiscal year 2014 costs could be as low as $88,680. This model would have a day care facility in place (i.e. Capital High School), providing federally funded HeadStart programs for children and teen parents, and on-site health services provided by a School-Based Health Center (SBHC). Total estimated cost incurred would be from maintenance of a SBHC ($75,000) and on-site obstetric service for 1/2 day per week ($13,680 per year). These costs do not take into account the medical reimbursement rate, which could result in reduction of the total estimated cost. Therapeutic and pediatric services would be part of costs incurred by the SBHC. Existing Human Services programs at the technical schools in Kanawha County could be able to provide parenting courses with no additional cost.