Revision: Jan. 17, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
SB 583-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 583-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
This bill establishes a 2-year pilot program for case management and employment counseling for certain parents enrolled in the New Hampshire employment program or otherwise eligible for TANF.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 New Hampshire Employment Program (NHEP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Services; Pilot Program Established to Eliminate Certain Barriers to Employment. The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall issue a request for proposals (RFP) from vendors to provide a 2-year, statewide pilot program for case management and employment counseling or related services targeted to reduce or eliminate certain employment barriers for parents enrolled in the New Hampshire employment program (NHEP) or other parents eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) who are below or at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, and who are approved by a transitional program administered by the department of corrections to work or seek work opportunities in the community. The employment barriers to be addressed in the RFP shall include, but not limited to, providing legal support, assistance in annulment of prior criminal convictions, and/or expungements of arrest records, that may hinder a parent's employment opportunities and long-term connection to the labor market. The pilot program shall be funded entirely with TANF federal funds in an amount not to exceed $250,000 for each fiscal year for the duration of the pilot program. The RFP shall be issued no later than October 1, 2018. The pilot program shall be operational no later than January 1, 2019. The commissioner may adopt administrative rules as necessary for implementation of this act pursuant to RSA 541-A.
SB 583-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
Up to $250,000
Up to $250,000
Up to $250,000
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Federal TANF reserve funds.
This bill establishes a two-year pilot program for case management and employment counseling for certain parents enrolled in the New Hampshire Employment Program (NHEP) or otherwise eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The bill states that the pilot program shall be funded exclusively with federal TANF funds, not to exceed $250,000 for each fiscal year of the pilot program's operation. The bill requires the program to be operational no later than January 1, 2019, and in place for two years. As a result, the bill could be read to allow for a total appropriation of between $500,000 (if the program is effective at the beginning of FY 2019, allowing for $250,000 in each of FY 2019 and FY 2020) and $750,000 (if the program is effective midway through FY 2019, allowing for $250,000 in each of FY 2019, FY 2020, and FY 2021). These funds would be withdrawn from the TANF reserve consisting of unspent federal TANF funds.
The Department of Health and Human Services estimates costs as follows;
Due to the uncertainty of the precise date on which service delivery will begin, this fiscal note does not break out projected expenditures by fiscal year. Despite this, the Department's cost projections indicate they plan on spending no more than $500,000 on the program in total.
Department of Health and Human Services