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1 The Budget for Child Protection in Texas April 19, 2011

2 Budget Process House and Senate each file their own budget Each budget is considered and changed by respective committees Goes to floor for full vote – Members can change and add to it Conference committee from both houses appointed to resolve differences Conference committee budget goes back to each chamber for a vote – Only vote yes or no, cannot make any changes Sent to Governor to sign or veto

3 Budget as Filed Cut Virtually Every Aspect of Child Protection Cut statewide intake, making it more difficult to process reports of child abuse and neglect Cut prevention and family services, driving more children into foster care Cut support for adoption, making it more difficult to get kids out of foster care Cut support for foster homes, making it difficult for kids to get care they need Cut caseworkers working with families and children, adding to an already overwhelming workload

4 Child Protection Budget as Filed Short by 20% Overall and 50% for Prevention Budgeted Agency RequestedHB 1/ SB1 Change from Change from request Total TDFPS Agency $2,740,323,71 5 $3,116,310,229$2,486,625,005-$253.7 mil. -9.3% -$629.7 mil -20% Total CPS $2,250,506,44 9 $2,560,421,857$2,084,483,193$166,023, % Statewide Intake $36,933,583$43,320,279$36,402,389-$531, % Prevention $88,109,457$99,807,000$48,247,099-$51,559, % CPS Direct Delivery Staff $837,809,055$920,311,139 $789,636,570 -$48,172, % 4

5 Advocacy Community Created Unified Message to Fight Cuts Organizations that work on CPS policy and child abuse prevention, many who provide direct services to families and children organized into coalition called Child Protection Roundtable Create unified message about the child protection budget and the impact of the proposed cuts Made some progress, more so in the senate than the house – House budget has passed thru committee and been voted on – Senate Finance amended child protection budget but still in committee Even with more generous budget in the senate, not enough funding to support families and achieve optimal outcomes

6 Even after Committee Process, Caseworkers Not Fully Funded Partial funding for CPS direct delivery staff – Requested $73 million for FTEs – House funds $40 million for 462 FTEs – Senate restores $48 million for 565 FTEs Direct delivery staff are currently carrying unmanageable caseloads Caseloads will continue to increase

7 7 Proposed Cuts Will Drive Caseloads Even Higher InvestigatorFBSSCVS FY FY FY FY FY FY 10 E FY 11 E FY 12 FY CWLA Recommended 12 15

8 Proposed Cuts Will Exacerbate Caseworker Turnover 8

9 Lack of IT Funding Will Make Caseworkers Job Harder Requested $3.7 million for casework management automated systems HB eliminates funding for operational changes to these systems IT funding supports IMPACT and CLASS programs – Provides more efficiency for caseworkers. – Necessary to support legislative, policy, and external systems changes

10 Proposed Cuts to Statewide Intake Means Longer Hold Times and More Abandoned Calls LBB Projects Increase in SWI (reports)+11,668 = +5% to 250,075 FY 13 Average Hold Time: 8.9 min. FY11 DFPS request: $3.1 mil. FY12 $3.7 mil FY13 Revised down to $1.6 mil. FY12 and FY13 HB1 and SB1 dont fund a dime more LBB Projects Average Hold Time: 8.7 min.? Hold times will be longer and more calls abandoned

11 The Graduate College of Social Work University of Houston analysis of the costs of child abuse concluded that Texas spent $6,279,204,373 in 2007 on direct and indirect costs dealing with the after-affects of child abuse and neglect. (2009) Cache Seitz Steinberg, Ph.D. Kelli Connell-Carrick, Ph.D. Patrick Leung, Ph. D. Joe Papick, MSW Katherine Barillas, MSW, ABD (August, 2009). REPORT TO THE INTERAGENCY COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Evaluation Elements 1-6 Final Report. (2007) TDFPS Costs projected for 08-09: LAR budget for CPS costs including foster/ adopt costs. Excludes other DFPS functions (APS, CCL, PEI). Total PEI costs 2007 LAR Prevention budget for Prevention Investment-Inverse Ratio and Proposed Prevention Cuts 11

12 Child Abuse Prevention Services: Texas vs. US average* *US Dept. HHS, Administration for Children & Families, Child Maltreatment 2007; retrieved from US Dept. HHS, Administration for Children & Families, Child Maltreatment 2008; retrieved from But we invest less in prevention than any other state in the nation: In Texas only 5 of every 1,000 children receive prevention services compared to a national average of 44 of every 1,000 children. 12

13 PEI (Prevention) Budget Impact ProgramBudgeted 2011 HB 1SB 1% Cut STAR Program$21,000,862$13,699, % CYD Program$7,847,599$5,039, % Texas Families (TFTS) $4,121,878$2,610, % Child Abuse Prevention Grants $1,813,365$1,640, % Other At-Risk Prevention $8,955,911$0$2,290, % (HB -74.4% (SB Overall: PEI Overall PEI$45,883,574$24,123,550$26,414,125 13

14 SB1 vs. HB1 Prevention SB 1 as amended by Senate Finance restores STAR and CYD funding close to levels and provides a little more funding for child abuse prevention HB 1 as passed restores STAR funding close to levels but leaves original cuts to all other programs – Child abuse prevention programs facing a 55% cut

15 Home Visitation Programs Most Successful Child Abuse Prevention and early intervention strategy Offer parenting support interventions in the home for families with young children Risk assessment, information, guidance Services delivered by professionals or trained community workers Common Outcomes: – Improved pregnancy outcomes – Improved parenting practices – Safe home environments – Improved child health and development – Improved School readiness – Enhanced Family economic self-sufficiency

16 Home Visitation Programs: National Healthy Families Parents as Teachers (PAT) Home-Based Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Avance Family Connections Triple P Nurse Family Partnership

17 NFP Legislation SB 156 (80-R) currently serving 2,000 TX Families $17.8 million for FY Proposed budget cut of 50% to $8.9 mil HB 1- Full restoration in SB1 1,000 currently served pregnant or post- partum mothers, babies and families will abruptly end services if cuts go forward. NFP Legislation SB 156 (80-R) currently serving 2,000 TX Families $17.8 million for FY Proposed budget cut of 50% to $8.9 mil HB 1- Full restoration in SB1 1,000 currently served pregnant or post- partum mothers, babies and families will abruptly end services if cuts go forward. 17 Top Prevention Priority

18 Services to Help Keep Kids at Home Protective day care – helps relieve stress in homes with young children and gets a third party watching to make sure child is safe Services to help parents address their underlying problems – Includes substance abuse and mental health assessment and treatment, parenting classes and in-home help when family cannot otherwise get services (e.g., not eligible for Medicaid)

19 Services to Help Keep Kids with a Relative When Cant Be at Home Up to $1,000 upfront, one-time payment to help get home ready and up to $500/year in reimbursement for child related expenses – Relatives income can be no more than 300% of federal poverty limit Day care for relatives who work full time

20 As Funding for Family Services Has Increased, More Children Have Stayed at Home or with a Relative and Out of Foster Care Source: LARs and Operating Budgets and DFPS data

21 Keeping Kids Out of Foster Care Saves Money Source: CPPP Report: Upside Down Child Protection, Feb. 2011

22 Current House and Senate Budgets for Family Services Still Not Enough House and Senate Budgets as filed funded family services below levels House Budget as passed and Senate Budget as amended by Senate Finance for family services: – Funding close to funding levels – But still about 20% less than what DFPS needs DFPS estimates that more children and families will need services in as compared to

23 Adoption Subsidies Help Get Kids Adopted and Are Far Cheaper than Foster Care To encourage adoption, DFPS offers a monthly payment to help offset the costs of caring for kids – Usually continues until the child is 18 – Available for older children, minorities, children with disabilities and sibling groups About 92% of all adoptions have a subsidy The avg monthly adoption subsidy is about $420 vs. avg monthly foster care payment of $1,900

24 Current Senate Budget is Better than Current House Budget for Adoption Subsidies Neither budget as filed funded any adoption subsidies for House Budget as passed still does not fund adoption subsidies for Senate Budget as amended by Senate Finance Committee funds adoption subsidies in

25 Foster Care Is Currently Fully Funded House and Senate budgets as filed funded foster care below levels – Cut payments to foster families – No funding to cover additional children coming into foster care House budget as passed and Senate budget as amended by Senate Finance restore payment cut and provide funding to cover caseload growth

26 Contact Information Jane Burstain, CPPP Ashley Harris, TCFC Madeline McClure, TexProtects Audrey Deckinga, TDFPS

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