Date Requested:February 20, 2014
Time Requested:09:50 AM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2014R1562 Amendment HB4005
CBD Subject: NEGLECT OF A CHILD BY A PARENT
FUND(S)
0403 - Div of Human Services General Administrative Fund, 8722 - Consolidated Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Admn Fund
Sources of Revenue
General 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 bill is to make it a felony for a parent, guardian or custodian to grossly neglect a child which creates a substantial risk of bodily injury. The bill creates a misdemeanor offense for child neglect by a parent, guardian, or custodian which creates a substantial threat of bodily harm. The bill establishes misdemeanor penalties for first conviction and increases penalties for a third conviction. The bill requires first offenders to complete a parenting plan and parenting education class. The bill makes third and subsequent offenses of child neglect a felony. The bill establishes criminal penalties. The bill also provides that parents, guardians, or custodians convicted of a misdemeanor are not required to register as a person convicted of child abuse or neglect.
    As written, the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) does not estimate any fiscal impact from the proposed legislation. Please see note in the memorandum section.
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2015
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:
Karen L. Bowling
Email Address:
karen.l.bowling@wv.gov
    The bill calls for first offenders of child neglect by a parent, guardian, or custodian to attend a parenting education class. The bill does not specify who will be responsible for paying for this class. The Department's Bureau for Children and Families currently provides parenting classes through the Foster Care Program. The parenting class is directed to the parenting issue, in this case abuse/neglect.The current costs associated with such parenting classes are identified as Individualized Parenting at the rate of $40 per unit (hour), with a potential of 39 units during a three month period. The potential cost per parenting plan could range from $40 to $1,560 per client for a three month period. From November 2011 to December 2012, there were 3,027 Child Protective Services referrals which required action by DHHR.