OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
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AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE EFFECT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR CERTAIN STATE EMPLOYEES.
LCO No.: 3596
File Copy No.: 218
House Calendar No.: 186
OFA Fiscal Note
FY 13 $
FY 14 $
Department of Developmental Services; Social Services, Dept.
GF - Cost
Note: GF=General Fund
The amendment enables family child care providers and Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) working in state-funded programs to collectively bargain, which is anticipated to result in a cost to the state.1
To the extent that a collective bargaining agreement for child care providers and/or PCAs is approved by the legislature, the state will realize a cost. The amendment prohibits any agreement from reducing current state funding and level of service provided, therefore it is assumed that any agreement approved would require additional appropriations.2 This cost is dependent upon the agreement reached.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) may incur additional costs associated with being designated an executive branch employer with whom the representative party negotiates. In addition, the amendment requires that the cost of arbitration and related expenses be shared equally between the state and such representative.
State program expenditures associated with family child care providers and PCAs are described below:
Family Child Care Providers
sHB 5014, the revised FY 13 budget bill as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, provides approximately $104.4 million in FY 13 to the Child Care Services account, which supports the child care subsidy program.
Personal Care Attendants
Although the total number of eligible PCAs is unknown, over 20, 000 were active in the directory under the Department of Social Services in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) , PCA waiver, and Connecticut Home Care Program for the Elderly (CHCPE) populations. The average pay rate for this population is unknown; 3 however, for purposes of illustration the average rate under the CHCPE in FY 11 was approximately $80 per day.
The Department of Developmental Services consumers who self-direct under the Home and Community Based Services waivers employ approximately 2, 430 PCAs. For FY 12 the estimated cost of PCA services is $30.7 million. The following are the April 2011 allowed hourly pay ranges for each type of service: Adult Companion $8.25 - $12.31, Personal Support $10.00 - $17.00, Individualized Home Supports $17.00 - $22.35, Respite $8.25 - $19.00.
Department of Development Services, Department of Social Services Cost and Caseload Data
The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.
1 The amendment specifies that such family child care providers and PCAs shall not be considered state employees.
2 Any agreement requiring additional appropriations is required to be submitted to the General Assembly for approval via the regular budgetary process.
3 The amendment requires DSS and DDS to review plans recommended by the Personal Care Attendant Workforce Council, established by the amendment, and include funding in budget requests necessary to implement aspects of the plans that they approve.