FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: January 10, 2018
Time Requested: 02:25 PM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, WV Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1129 Introduced SB47
CBD Subject: Domestic Relations, Juveniles, Military and Veterans


FUND(S):

0403- DIV OF HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND, 8722- CONS FEDERAL FUNDS DIV HUMAN SERVICES GEN ADMN FD

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund Federal

Legislation creates:





Fiscal Note Summary


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


    The purpose of this bill is to require department of defense family advocacy groups to be notified about any abuse or neglect of a child of a military person.
    This legislation would require determination of military status of parents whose children are subject to abuse or neglect allegations. Additionally, upon determination of military status, the Department would be required to notify a Department of Defense family advocacy program.
    Department workers, as part of their assessments of the family, determine employment of the family. The gathering of the information about a family member being in the military occurs as part of exploration during assessment. Therefore, no additional time would be required, with the exception of exploring the branch of the military when discussing employment. Costs related to this would be minimal and could be absorbed within current budget.
    Please see memorandum section for code discrepancy.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2018
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2019
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):


    



Memorandum


    The purpose of this bill, as listed above and on the bill, is to require department of defense family advocacy groups to be notified about any abuse or neglect of a child of a military person. The bill is actually requiring that they be notified if a referral of alleged abuse or neglect is accepted and assigned for assessment. The requirement would mirror the action the department already takes with mandated reporters of abuse and neglect. However, in this case, the military advocacy group will likely not be the referent. The department would, therefore, be providing confidential information to a 3rd party in violation 49-5-101.
    If the code were to be changed, notifying the military family advocacy network would consist of a worker completing a brief form letter and sending it to the proper entity.
    



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