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Office of Public Defense

  Average Annual FTEs Near General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Current Budget 17.2 92,932 4,083 97,015
2019-21 Maintenance Level 17.2 92,931 4,082 97,013
Difference from 2017-19 0.0 (1) (1) (2)
% Change from 2017-19 0.0% (0.0%) (0.0%) (0.0%)

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

Implement Dependency Parenting Plan 0.0 100 0 100
Payment for Social Work Services 0.0 180 0 180
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 0.0 280 0 280
Total Policy Changes 0.0 280 0 280
2019-21 Policy Level 17.2 93,211 4,082 97,293
Difference from 2017-19 0.0 279 (1) 278
% Change from 2017-19 0.0% 0.30% (0.0%) 0.29%

Policy Changes

Implement Dependency Parenting Plan

Funding is provided to fully implement Chapter 80, Laws of 2018, which authorizes legal services for parents of dependent children to establish or modify parenting plans as may be necessary in order to dismiss a dependency action and achieve permanence for the children. (General Fund - State)

Payment for Social Work Services

Funding is provided for a cost-of-living increase payment for independent social work services used by OPD contract attorneys providing client services under the Parents Representation Program and the chapter 71.09 RCW Civil Commitment Program. The increase would be comparable to that received by DSHS and DCYF social workers in the 2019-21 biennium. (General Fund - State)