Bill Details - HB565 (2019)

HB 565-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

27Feb2019... 0552h

2019 SESSION

19-0489

05/01

 

HOUSE BILL 565-FN

 

AN ACT directing the department of health and human services to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for supervised visitation centers.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Berrien, Rock. 18; Rep. Gordon, Graf. 9; Rep. Rice, Hills. 37; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 14; Rep. Hennessey, Graf. 1; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill directs the department of health and human services to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to establish a supervised visitation center in each county.

 

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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

27Feb2019... 0552h 19-0489

05/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT directing the department of health and human services to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for supervised visitation centers.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Purpose and Findings.  The general court hereby finds that in order to provide safe and secure exchanges and supervision between children and a visiting parent where there has been domestic violence, there needs to be better access to supervised visitation centers in New Hampshire.  The purpose of this act is to create a supervised visitation program administered by the department of health and human services to better ensure the safety of vulnerable parents and children.

2  New Subdivision; Supervised Visitation Centers.  Amend RSA 170-G by inserting after section 21 the following new subdivision:

Supervised Visitation Centers

170-G:22  Supervised Visitation Centers.  

I.  The department of health and human services shall contract with one or more qualified organizations to establish and operate a supervised visitation center in each county.  The centers shall:

(a)  Adhere to the Guiding Principles of Safe Havens; Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program developed by the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

(b)  Participate as a member in good standing in the New Hampshire Family Visitation and Access Cooperative.  

(c)  Seek community input regarding the center's planning and operation as well as technical assistance and training from organizations with expertise in the field of supervised visitation.

II.  The department shall publish a request for proposals (RFP) to support a supervised visitation center in each county.  The RFP shall require applicants to provide a detailed plan and budget to meet the anticipated needs of the county.  Budgets shall address wages, benefits, on-site law enforcement, office space, training, and insurance.  Plans shall address safety procedures as well as policies related to payment for services and clients to be served.

  III.  All supervised visitation centers or facilities in New Hampshire shall adhere to the Guiding Principles of Safe Havens:  Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program developed by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and participate as a member in good standing in the New Hampshire Family Visitation and Access Cooperative.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

19-0489

Amended 3/5/19

 

HB 565-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0552h)

 

AN ACT directing the department of health and human services to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for supervised visitation centers.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill amends RSA 170-G by adding a new section to establish supervised visitation centers in each county.  The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a request for proposals (RFP) and contract with one or more entities to provide the service.  The Department assumes the proposed visitation centers will serve all families in need of supervised visitation, and that services will not be limited to child protection cases pursuant to RSA 169-C. In addition, the Department assumes that in order for the proposed centers to properly and safely function, they will each need trained staff, including a director-level position and/or a case manager and visitation supervisors.  Other costs will include benefits, physical security features, and on-site security personnel.  The Department states the operating expenses for each of the current centers range between $166,000 to $220,000 annually.  The Department anticipates hiring one full-time Administrator I (labor grade 27) to oversee the centers beginning October 1, 2019, at the following annual cost:   

Operations and Position Expenditures

Administrator I

(start date 10/01/19)

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Salary

$42,000

$57,000

$60,000

$63,000

Benefits

$24,000

$33,000

$35,000

$37,000

Other

$8,000

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

Total Position Cost

$74,000

$95,000

$100,000

$105,000

Operations

$830,000 - $1,100,000

$1,660,000 - $2,200,000

$1,660,000 - $2,200,000

$1,660,000 - $2,200,000

Total Cost Range

$904,000 - $1,174,000

$1,755,000 - $2,295,000

$1,760,000 - $2,300,000

$1,765,000 - $2,305,000

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 3 P. 20
Jan. 29, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/29/2019 11:15 am LOB 206
Feb. 19, 2019 Executive Session: 02/19/2019 01:00 pm LOB 206
Feb. 27, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0552h for 02/27/2019 (Vote 17-1; CC) HC 13 P. 2
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0552h (Vote 17-1; CC)
Feb. 27, 2019 Removed from Consent (Rep. McGuire) 02/27/2019 HJ 6 P. 2
Feb. 28, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0552h: AA VV 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 41
Feb. 28, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0552h: MA DV 244-92 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 41
Feb. 28, 2019 Referred to Finance 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 42
March 6, 2019 Finance Division III Work Session: 03/06/2019 01:00 pm LOB 210-211
March 11, 2019 Finance Division III Work Session: 03/11/2019 01:30 pm LOB 210-211
March 13, 2019 Finance Division III Work Session: 03/13/2019 01:00 pm LOB 210-211
March 22, 2019 Finance Division III Work Session: 03/22/2019 10:00 am LOB 209
March 27, 2019 Executive Session: 03/27/2019 10:00 am LOB 210-211
Retained in Committee

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 19, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 27, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 27, 2019 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB565 Revision: 4836 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 1:21 p.m.
HB565 Revision: 5439 Date: March 5, 2019, 3:39 p.m.