0407 - Central Office General Administrative Fund

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    The purpose of this bill is to create the Unintentional Pharmaceutical Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team. The bill sets forth membership of the team and its responsibilities. The bill requires the examination and the providision of preventative education in cases that involve unintentional pharmaceutical drug overdose deaths. The bill requires other state agencies to cooperate with the team. The bill also grants rulemaking authority.
    The Department estimates the total costs of the legislation during the first year to be $162,998 and $120,846 in subsequent years. There were 474 drug related deaths in calendar year 2009. The case load anticipated for review by this team would require new positions which include a full time program manager plus a full time programmer analyst in the first year. Once the programming needs are established it is expected that programming and data needs would be reduced to a half-time programmer analyst. In addition, the team would be supported by existing staff from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 162,998 120,846
Personal Services 0 142,298 103,146
Current Expenses 0 20,700 17,700
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

    Creating an Unintentional Pharmaceutical Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team (UPDOFRT) will cost an estimated $162,998. The estimates are based on financial comparisons with the existing Child Fatality Review Team and the existing Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. The work load of the UPDOFRT will be dramatically more than either of these teams so it is expected that staffing and other support needs will be more.
    Personal Services: The breakdown of costs include: one full time Program Manager (HHR Specialist, Sr.) salary ($44,412) and one full time programmer analyst the first year $56,106 for total personal services of $100,518. $41,780 total in fringe benefits are calculated as follows: admin fees and health insurance at $7,715 per FTE X 2 = $15,430; FICA, retirement and workers' compensation at 22.37% of personal services = $22,486. WV OPEB contribution is $161 per month x 12 = $1,932 for each insurance policy holder ($3,864). It is estimated that the work of the programmer analyst will be reduced after the initial programming is developed in year one, therefore, the estimated personal services for subsequent years are reduced based on programmer analyst at .5 FTE. $39,152 ($28,053 salary + $6,275 benefits +$3,858 admin fees and health insurance + $966 OPEB =$39,152) plus the continuing costs for the Program Coordinator of $63,994 for a total personal services in subsequent years of $103,146. The estimated salaries were based upon the mid range of the pay grade for each classification.
    Current Expense: The $20,700 in current expenses are estimated as follows: rent/utilities/phone $7,200; office supplies and materials $2,500; travel $1,500; printing of annual report $3,000; miscellaneous for program support $3,500 and one time expense for computers for each employee total $3,000.
    Members of this review team are to serve with no compensation and may not be reimbursed for any expenses.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Michael J. Lewis, M.D., Ph.D.
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