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Budget Summary FY2013

48000015 - Clinical Support Services and Operations
Data Current as of:  7/7/2012





Account Description FY2012
Spending
FY2013
GAA
4800-0015 Clinical Support Services and Operations
For central and area office administration and service coordination; provided, that the associated expenses of employees whose AA and DD object class costs are paid from item 4800-1100 shall be paid from this item; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the compensation of unit 8 employees; provided further, that the department shall not place a child or adolescent referred by, or discharged from, the care of the department of mental health until the department of mental health forwards an assessment and recommendation as to whether the child or adolescent may be appropriately placed in foster care or if, due to severe emotional disturbance, such child or adolescent is more appropriate for congregate care placement; provided further, that the department, in consultation with the department of mental health, shall assist the department of mental health in making such assessments and recommendations; provided further, that if placement of a child with someone other than a parent becomes necessary, the department shall place the highest priority on identifying a family resource within the child's kinship or family circle and shall provide services and support to partner with the family resource in meeting the child's needs; provided further, that unless otherwise authorized, all funds, including federal reimbursements received by the department, shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that the department and the department of early education and care shall provide standards for early education and care placements made through the supportive child care program; provided further, that the department of children and families, in collaboration with the department of early education and care, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for supportive child care services, the number of supportive slots filled and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that no waiting list for the services shall exist; provided further, that all children eligible for services under item 3000-3050 shall receive such services; provided further, that not later than October 31, 2012, the department shall promulgate and implement regulations which shall ensure that the department shall maintain an independent, timely and fair administrative hearing system; provided further, that beginning on August 15, 2012, the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on the department's policy and plan for eliminating its backlog of administrative hearing requests; provided further, that each quarterly report shall: (i) include a benchmark for the number of fair hearing requests to be closed in the upcoming quarter; and (ii) identify the number of fair hearing requests that are pending and the number of fair hearing requests that are pending for more than 180 days as of the conclusion of the most recent quarter; provided further, that not less than $152,000 shall be expended for additional staff to the fair hearing unit to assist the department in eliminating the department's fair hearing backlog; provided further, that for the purpose of this allocation only, "the department's fair hearing backlog" shall mean those cases pending for more than 180 days from the date of the hearing request; provided further, that not later than January 9, 2013 the department shall report on: (1) the number of foster care reviews conducted by the department; (2) the average length of time in which each review is completed; (3) the number of the department's contracts reviewed by the state auditor; (4) the number of corrective action plans issued; (5) the number of corrective action plans entered into by the department; and (6) the total number of social workers; provided further, that the department shall file a report on the first business day of each quarter to the senate and house committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children and families on the caseload of the department; provided further, that the report shall include but not be limited to the following: (a) the caseloads of residential placements, congregate care, foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, guardianship, 51A reports, substantiated 51A reports, the number of children who die in the care and custody of the department, the number of children currently eligible for supportive child care and the number of children presently receiving supportive child care, and the number of medical and psychiatric consultation requests made by the department's social workers; (b) the number of approved foster care placements; (c) the number of children in psychiatric hospitals and community-based acute treatment programs who remain hospitalized beyond their medically-necessary stay while awaiting placement and the number of days each case remains in placement beyond that which is medically-necessary; (d) the number of children under the department of children and families' care and custody who are being served in medical or psychiatric care provided through other publicly-funded sources; (e) the number of children served by supervised visitation centers and the number of those children who are reunified with their families; (f) the total number of children served, their ages, the number of children served in each service plan, the number of children in out-of-home placements and the number of placements each child has had before receiving an out-of-home placement; (g) for each area office, the number of kinship guardianship subsidies provided in the quarter covered by the report and the number of kinship guardianship subsidies provided in that quarter for which federal reimbursement was received; (h) for each area office, the total spending on services other than case management services provided to families for the purposes of keeping a child with his parents or reunifying the child with his parents, spending by type of the service, and the unduplicated number of families that receive the services; (i) for each area office, the total number of families in the month residing in shelter paid for by the department, a list of where the families are sheltered, the total cost and average cost per family of those shelters and a description of how the department determines who does or does not qualify for shelter; (j) for each area office, broken down by type of service, the number of requests for voluntary services, whether the request was approved or denied, the number of families that are denied voluntary services and receive a 51A report, the reasons for denying the service and what, if any, referrals were made for services by other agencies or entities; and (k) the number of families receiving multiple 51A reports within a 10-month period, the number of cases reopened within 6 months of being closed and the number of children who return home and then re-enter an out-of-home placement within 6 months; provided further, that not later than November 2, 2012, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the chairs of the joint committee on children and families that includes any rules, regulations or guidelines established by the department to carry out its duties pursuant to chapter 119 of the General Laws including, but not limited to: (a) criteria used to determine whether a child has been abused or neglected; (b) guidelines for removal of a child from the home; and (c) standards to determine what reasonable efforts are being made to keep a child in the home; provided further, that to the extent feasible within existing appropriations, the department shall maintain existing services for the aging out population; provided further, that the commissioner may transfer funds between items 4800-0038, 4800-0040 and 4800-0041, for services only and no transfers shall be made for administrative costs as necessary, pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail, by object class, the distribution of the funds to be transferred; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days in advance of any such transfer; and provided further, that not more than 5 per cent of any item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2013
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