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Department of Social and Health Services - Economic Services Administration

  Average Annual FTEs Near General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Current Budget 4,182.1 728,187 1,492,393 2,220,580
2019-21 Maintenance Level 4,111.1 718,705 1,486,374 2,205,079
Difference from 2017-19 (71.0) (9,482) (6,019) (15,501)
% Change from 2017-19 (1.7%) (1.3%) (0.4%) (0.7%)

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

ABD Supplied Shelter Grant 0.0 0 2,500 2,500
Eliminate ABD Mid-Cert Review 0.0 0 228 228
Continue Asset Verification System 6.1 2,155 797 2,952
AVS Funding and FTE Adjustment (5.0) (248) (498) (746)
DCS Intergovernmental Demonstration 1.0 0 500 500
Economic & Social Mobility 0.0 38 0 38
Essential IT Service Impacts 0.0 550 322 872
PWA Supplied Shelter Grant 0.0 6 0 6
RCA Supplied Shelter Grant 0.0 0 44 44
TANF/SFA Supplied Shelter Grant 0.0 0 1,439 1,439
WorkFirst Fund Balance 0.0 (5,500) 5,500 0
WorkFirst Services Reduction 0.0 (2,284) 0 (2,284)
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 2.1 (5,283) 10,832 5,549

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase 0.0 72 45 117
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 72 45 117
Total Policy Changes 2.1 (5,211) 10,877 5,666
2019-21 Policy Level 4,113.2 713,494 1,497,251 2,210,745
Difference from 2017-19 (68.9) (14,693) 4,858 (9,835)
% Change from 2017-19 (1.6%) (2.0%) 0.33% (0.4%)

Policy Changes

ABD Supplied Shelter Grant

The Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) assistance program currently issues a reduced grant to recipients with no shelter costs, referred to as the supplied shelter grant standard. This funding allows the Economic Services Administration to eliminate the supplied shelter grant standard and covers the projected increase in the per capita cost associated with issuing up to the maximum grant standard. Removing this provision allows recipients to meet more of their foundational needs, such as securing a safe and healthy home. (Home Security Fund Account - State)

Eliminate ABD Mid-Cert Review

The Aged, Blind or Disabled assistance program requires participants to complete a mid-certification review every six months to verify program eligibility. A number of aged participants receiving ABD grant assistance experience challenges submitting the mid-certification review due to their age, income, transportation and housing status and, as a result, lose their access to the $197 monthly grant and the state-funded Medical Care Services program. DSHS will eliminate the review requirement for this population. Funding is provided to restore the caseload of aged participants who have lost this benefit. (Home Security Fund Account - State)

Continue Asset Verification System

Funding and FTE staff are provided to continue the implementation of a federally-compliant Asset Verification System for asset-based Medicaid eligibility decisions. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State, Home Security Fund Account - State)

AVS Funding and FTE Adjustment

The Economic Services Administration's Asset Verification System (AVS) implementation expenditures in fiscal year 2020 are less than originally projected. This adjusts the funding and FTE staff to reflect new projections. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State)

DCS Intergovernmental Demonstration

One-time federal expenditure authority is increased to allow the Division of Child Support (DCS) to participate in a federal demonstration project to develop and test innovations to increase child support payments in intergovernmental cases. (General Fund - Federal)

Economic & Social Mobility

One-time funding is provided for the Economic Services Administration to develop and implement training for its employees and interested partnering agency employees that touch on the lives of people experiencing poverty. This training will address implicit bias, trauma-informed care, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This funding also covers the Poverty Reduction Work Group's steering committee travel costs. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State)

Essential IT Service Impacts

One-time funding is provided to maintain current information technology service levels and avoid adverse impacts to clients. (General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, General Fund - State, other funds)

PWA Supplied Shelter Grant

The Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA) program currently issues a reduced grant to recipients with no shelter costs, referred to as the supplied shelter grant standard. This funding allows the Economic Services Administration to eliminate the supplied shelter grant standard and covers the projected increase in the per capita cost associated with issuing up to the maximum grant standard. Removing this provision allows recipients to meet more of their foundational needs, such as securing a safe and healthy home. (General Fund - State)

RCA Supplied Shelter Grant

The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program currently issues a reduced grant to recipients with no shelter costs, referred to as the supplied shelter grant standard. This funding allows the Economic Services Administration to eliminate the supplied shelter grant standard and covers the projected increase in the per capita cost associated with issuing up to the maximum grant standard. Removing this provision allows recipients to meet more of their foundational needs, such as securing a safe and healthy home. (General Fund - Federal)

TANF/SFA Supplied Shelter Grant

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and State Family Assistance (SFA) programs currently issue a reduced grant to recipients with no shelter costs, referred to as the supplied shelter grant standard. This funding allows the Economic Services Administration to eliminate the supplied shelter grant standard and covers the projected increase in the per capita cost associated with issuing up to the maximum grant standard. Removing this provision allows recipients to meet more of their foundational needs, such as securing a safe and healthy home. (General Fund - Federal Dedicated, General Fund - Temporary Assist for Needy Families)

WorkFirst Fund Balance

There is a one-time reduction of unallocated General Fund-State fund balance that will be offset by using available federal TANF funds during the 2019-21 biennium. (General Fund - Federal Dedicated, General Fund - State, General Fund - Temporary Assist for Needy Families)

WorkFirst Services Reduction

Funding for WorkFirst services is reduced to reflect under-expenditures in the program resulting from declining caseloads. (General Fund - State)

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase

For eligible Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 1 members, this item provides an increase of 1.5 percent, up to a maximum of $22 per month. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State)