|Date Requested:February 16, 2013
Time Requested:10:59 AM
| FUND(S) |
0403 Division of Human Services General Administration Fund, 8722 Cons Federal Funds Div of Human Services Gen Admn Fd
Sources of Revenue
|General Fund,Other Fund Federal|
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
| The purpose of this bill is to increase the number of Child Protective Service (CPS) workers and to reduce the caseloads of child protective service workers.
The Department of Health and Human Resources (Department) currently employs 379 CPS workers and 67 CPS Trainees. In order to increase these totals by 20% the Department would have to add an additional 90 positions. As a result of an increase in CPS workers, the Department would need an additional 14 CPS supervisors, according to the Council on Accreditation (COA) standards and 11 new aide workers. The Department estimates the total cost of personnel, employee benefits, and current expenses to be $7,997,484 in the first year and $7,249,984 thereafter. Currently the Department funds the CPS workers with a combination of state and federal funding sources. These sources are budgeted at percentages of 42% state funds and 58% federal funds. Based on existing funding of the federal Social Services Block Grant, no additional monies are available for funding administrative costs. Therefore, the Department estimates the share of state funding for this proposed legislation would be 70% state and 30% federal funding from federal sources, other than Social Services Block Grant.
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||0||7,997,484||7,249,984|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||0|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
Personal Services costs are calculated at the median salary range for the CPS worker/trainee ($44,412), CPS supervisor ($49,920) and aide ($24,492) positions for a total of $4,965,372 and employee benefits at 30% of personal services $1,489,612 for a total of $6,454,984. As a result of the increase in CPS workers the amount of overtime necessary to handle cases should decrease, however overtime will not be eliminated as it will still be necessary in cases of removal. The Department has expended $791,000 for overtime costs during the current fiscal year (July through January).
Increased costs for current expenses in the amount of $1,542,000 would consist of additional travel expenses of $5,000 for each additional CPS worker ($450,000), the purchase of office equipment (i.e. computer, desk, phone etc.) for each of the 115 employees at an estimated $6,500 per employee would cost $747,500. On-going office expenses (software, phone, etc.) are estimated to cost $345,000 based on an average of $3,000 per employee. Also, based on an average square footage of 250 square feet per employee and a cost of $17 per square foot, an additional $488,750 may be required should sufficient office space not be available in each regional office. During the second year the amount necessary for current expenses would decrease by the amount of one-time purchases ($747,500).