FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: March 14, 2017
Time Requested: 01:37 PM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, WV Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2784 Introduced HB3069
CBD Subject: Human Services


FUND(S):

0525 - CONSOLIDATED MEDICAL SERVICES FUND

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Other Fund N/A

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    This purpose of this bill is to permit persons who voluntarily enroll in drug rehabilitation to participate in a pilot program. The bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Resources to care for the children of those persons who voluntarily enroll in drug rehabilitation and who are participating in the pilot program.
    At present, it is Department policy to allow parents who are voluntarily placing themselves into drug treatment to sign the custody of their children over to the Department for placement (FC-4 placements). This type of placement is currently not used often and has stricter rules than outlined in this bill (no history of abuse/neglect). However with the current drug epidemic this bill has the potential to increase the growth in child placements in foster care which will have a fiscal impact on the Department. This impact is not quantifiable at this time, since the number of placements cannot be quantified. If the number of additional cases was significant enough, this could impact the worker caseload and need for additional staffing during a time when filling current staffing levels is an issue.
    Additionally, the Department is currently struggling to open sufficient amount of homes to handle the present number of placements. The additional placements would make this task even more difficult and the children may have to be placed in group homes which can be more expensive and not as beneficial to the child's welfare.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2017
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2018
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


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


    



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    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Bill J. Crouch
    Email Address: dhhrbudgetoffice@wv.gov