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Department of Social and Health Services - Special Commitment Program

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 446.1 106,632 4,580 111,212
2021-23 Maintenance Level 453.1 112,714 0 112,714
Difference from 2019-21 7.0 6,082 (4,580) 1,502
% Change from 2019-21 1.6% 5.7% (100.0%) 1.4%

2021-23 Policy Other Changes

Leased PCs During COVID 0.0 40 0 40
Network Risk Mitigation 0.0 71 0 71
Citrix and VPN Charges 0.0 4 0 4
Medical Services & Aging Residents 8.0 2,283 0 2,283
SCC: Close Birch Unit (11.4) (1,816) 0 (1,816)
Community Program & Discharge Plan 8.0 2,144 0 2,144
2021-23 Policy Other Changes Total 4.6 2,726 0 2,726

2021-23 Policy Comp Changes

Pension Adjustments, nonrate 0.0 56 0 56
State Employee Benefits 0.0 (11) 0 (11)
WFSE General Government 0.0 (815) 0 (815)
Temporary Layoffs and Other Savings 0.0 (294) 0 (294)
Juneteenth State Holiday 0.0 159 0 159
Rep Employee Health Benefits 0.0 (154) 0 (154)
Coalition of Unions 0.0 (62) 0 (62)
Non-Rep General Wage Increase 0.0 (298) 0 (298)
2021-23 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 (1,419) 0 (1,419)
Total Policy Changes 4.6 1,307 0 1,307
2021-23 Policy Level 457.7 114,021 0 114,021
Difference from 2019-21 11.6 7,389 (4,580) 2,809
% Change from 2019-21 2.6% 6.9% (100.0%) 2.5%

Policy Changes

Leased PCs During COVID

Funding is provided for increased costs for personal computers leased through the Department of Enterprise Services resulting from the increased need for telework capabilities due to COVID-19. These new PCs will take the place of outdated work stations at such time that individuals return to in-person work. (General Fund - State)

Network Risk Mitigation

These funds will replace obsolete and failing switching equipment at facilities. (General Fund - State, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, General Fund - Cash, other funds)

Citrix and VPN Charges

Funding is provided to reflect the increased costs incurred by the Department of Social and Health Services for Citrix and virtual private network (VPN) charges due to the rise in the number of staff working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (General Fund - State, General Fund - Federal, General Fund - Family Support/Child Welfare, other funds)

Medical Services & Aging Residents

The population at the Special Commitment Center continues to age and the rate of chronic and severe illnesses continues to increase. Residents require more frequent and specialized care which leads to increased trips off the island to other medical facilities and greater dependence on contracted staff to meet on-site coverage needs. Funding is provided for specialized equipment and additional medical staff to provide more capacity for on-site care. It is anticipated that this investment will result in health care savings in future budgets. (General Fund - State)

SCC: Close Birch Unit

Due to the declining census at the Special Commitment Center Total Confinement Facility, the Department of Social and Health Services was able to consolidate residents between living units. Individuals previously housed in the Birch Unit have been moved into other living units while maintaining appropriate support. Funding is reduced to align with the savings achieved through this closure. (General Fund - State)

Community Program & Discharge Plan

Residents are increasingly moving to Less Restrictive Alternative (LRA) community placements, and this trend is expected to continue. Because staffing levels have not been increased accordingly, it is challenging to provide appropriate levels of case management. Funding is provided to increase staffing in the LRA program to return to prior caseload levels and to enable staff to focus solely on discharge planning for individuals moving from the Total Confinement Facility to an LRA. (General Fund - State)

Pension Adjustments, nonrate

This funds the potential impact of Department of Retirement Systems request legislation on pension service credit and benefit calculation. It will prevent budget reductions such as temporary layoffs from negatively affecting employee retirement benefits. (General Fund - State, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, General Fund - Federal, other funds)

State Employee Benefits

Health insurance funding is provided for state employees who are not represented by a union, who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination, or who are not part of the coalition of unions for health benefits. The insurance funding rate is $988 per employee per month for fiscal year 2022 and $1,018 per employee per month for fiscal year 2023. (General Fund - Cash, General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, other funds)

WFSE General Government

This adjustment reflects the impact of the 2021-23 collective bargaining agreement. (General Fund - Cash, General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, other funds)

Temporary Layoffs and Other Savings

This item reflects savings achieved from temporary layoffs or similar actions. (General Fund - Medicaid Federal, General Fund - Cash, General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, other funds)

Juneteenth State Holiday

This funding is necessary to implement a new state holiday of Juneteeth, based on the cost of backfilling positions that require coverage at all times. (General Fund - Cash, General Fund - State, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, other funds)

Rep Employee Health Benefits

This provides health insurance funding for the master agreement for employee benefits as part of a coalition of unions. The insurance funding rate is $988 per employee per month for fiscal year 2022 and $1,018 per employee per month for fiscal year 2023. (General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, General Fund - Cash, other funds)

Coalition of Unions

This adjustment reflects the impact of the 2021-23 collective bargaining agreement. (General Fund - Cash, General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, General Fund - Medicaid Federal, other funds)

Non-Rep General Wage Increase

This reflects savings from the cancellation of the July 1, 2020 general wage increase for some non-represented, non-classified employees. (General Fund - Medicaid Federal, General Fund - Cash, General Fund - Local CRC Oregon, other funds)