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Budget Summary FY2013

Department of Children and Families
Data Current as of:  7/7/2012





FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2013
Conference
FY2013
Vetoes
FY2013
GAA
Clinical Support Services and Operations 67,352 0 67,352
Roca Retained Revenue for Cities and Towns 2,000 0 2,000
Foster Care Review 2,943 0 2,943
DCF Local and Regional Administration of Services 6,000 0 6,000
Sexual Abuse Intervention Network 698 0 698
Services for Children and Families 248,083 0 248,083
Family Support and Stabilization 44,574 0 44,574
Group Care Services 196,936 0 196,936
Child Welfare Training Institute Retained Revenue 2,077 0 2,077
Placement Services for Juvenile Offenders 1,005 0 1,005
Social Workers for Case Management 166,188 0 166,188
Support Services for People at Risk of Domestic Violence 21,455 0 21,455
TOTAL    759,311 0 759,311

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account description amount
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 776,198,217
Direct Appropriations
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
67,351,557
4800-0025 Foster Care Review
For foster care review services
2,943,098
4800-0030 DCF Local and Regional Administration of Services
For the continuation of local and regional administration and coordination of services provided by lead agencies through purchase-of-service contracts including flex services; provided, that funding shall only be expended in the MM object class
6,000,000
4800-0036 Sexual Abuse Intervention Network
For a sexual abuse intervention network program to be administered in conjunction with the district attorneys
697,508
4800-0038 Services for Children and Families
For guardianship, foster care, adoption, family preservation and kinship services provided by the department of children and families; provided, that services funded through this item shall include shelter services, substance abuse treatment, young parent programs, parent aides, education and counseling services, foster care, adoption and guardianship subsidies, tiered reimbursements used to promote the foster care placement of children with special medical and social needs, assessment of the appropriateness of adoption for children in the care of the department for more than 12 months, protective services provided by partnership agencies, targeted recruitment and retention of foster families, respite care services, post-adoption services, support services for foster, kinship and adoptive families and juvenile firesetter programs; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a contract with Julie's Family Learning Program in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that the department may contract with provider agencies for the coordination and management of services including flex; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol; provided further, that funding shall be expended on children's advocacy centers, services for child victims of sexual abuse and assault; provided further, that not less than $100,000 be expended for the Plymouth County Children's Advocacy Center; provided further, that not less than $100,000 be expended for the Children's Cove Cape and Islands Child Advocacy Center; provided further, that funding may be expended on supervised visitation programs; and provided further, that funds may be expended on programs that received funding in fiscal year 2012
248,083,481
4800-0040 Family Support and Stabilization
For family preservation, reunification and service coordination; provided, that services shall include family support and stabilization services provided by the department; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the compensation of administrative employees and associated administrative costs of the department
44,573,551
4800-0041 Group Care Services
For congregate care services; provided, that funds may be expended from this item to provide community-based services, including in-home support and stabilization services, to children who would otherwise be placed in congregate settings; and provided further, that the department shall oversee area review teams that shall evaluate the feasibility of maintaining the child in the community in this manner whenever possible before recommending placement in a congregate care setting
196,935,991
4800-0151 Placement Services for Juvenile Offenders
For a program to provide alternative overnight nonsecure placements for status offenders and nonviolent delinquent youths up to the age of 17 to prevent the inappropriate use of juvenile cells in police stations for such offenders, in compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974; provided, that the programs which provide the alternative nonsecure placements shall collaborate with the appropriate sheriff's office to provide referrals of those offenders and delinquent youths to any programs within the sheriff's office designed to positively influence youths or reduce juvenile crime
1,004,678
4800-1100 Social Workers for Case Management
For the AA and DD object class costs of the department's social workers; provided, that funds shall mitigate social worker caseloads in those area offices furthest above the statewide weighted caseload standard and toward achieving a social worker caseload ratio of 18 to 1 statewide; and provided further, that only employees of bargaining unit 8 as identified in the Massachusetts personnel administrative reporting and information system shall be paid from this item
166,188,468
4800-1400 Support Services for People at Risk of Domestic Violence
For shelters and support services for people at risk of domestic violence and for the operation of the New Chardon Street homeless shelter; provided, that the department shall pursue the establishment of public-private partnership agreements established for family stabilization services funded from sources other than the commonwealth; provided further, that services shall include supervised visitation programs, and scattered site transitional housing programs, including programs to assist victims of domestic violence in finding and maintaining permanent housing; provided further, that participants in battered women's programs shall be provided with information regarding local transitional housing resources; provided further, that funding shall be made available to enhance counseling services for children who have witnessed domestic violence; provided further, that funding shall be made available for emergency shelters for substance abusing battered women; provided further, that funding shall be made available for a statewide domestic violence hotline; provided further, that the department shall continue to provide any match funding required by federal program regulations; and provided further, that domestic violence prevention specialists shall be funded from this item
21,455,430

account description amount
Retained Revenues
4800-0016 Roca Retained Revenue for Cities and Towns
For the department of children and families, which may expend for the operation of the transitional employment program an amount not to exceed $2,000,000 from revenues collected from various state, county and municipal government entities, as well as state authorities, for the costs related to the provision of services by the participants and the overhead costs and expenses incurred by the not-for-profit managing agent selected by the commissioner for administering the program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of the department of children and families may enter into a contract with Roca, Inc., a not-for-profit community-based agency, to manage the transitional employment program and to provide services to participants from the aging out population, parolees, probationers, youth service releases or other community residents considered to have employment needs
2,000,000
4800-0091 Child Welfare Training Institute Retained Revenue
For the department of children and families, which may expend not more than $2,077,119 in federal reimbursements received under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act during fiscal year 2013 for the purposes of developing a training institute for professional development at the department of children and families; provided, that for the purposes of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 or any other general or special law to the contrary, federal reimbursements received in excess of $2,077,119 shall be credited to the General Fund
2,077,119

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 16,887,336
4800-0005 Children's Justice Act
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Children's Justice Act
331,283
4800-0007 Family Violence Prevention and Support Services
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Family Violence Prevention and Support Services Act
1,853,844
4800-0009 Title IV-E Independent Living Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Title IV-E Independent Living
3,044,324
4800-0013 Family Preservation and Support Services
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Family Preservation and Support Services
5,111,344
4800-0085 Education and Training Voucher Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Educational & Training Voucher Program
1,015,176
4899-0001 Title IV-B Child Welfare Services
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Title IV-B Child Welfare Services
4,392,925
4899-0022 Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment
498,664
4899-0025 MA Child Trauma Project
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Massachusetts Child Trauma Project
639,776

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