HB 1674-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1674-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Adjutant, Graf. 17
COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law
This bill establishes an office of foster care oversight in the department of health and human services.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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 Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
VI. The department shall establish an office of foster care oversight to provide oversight and assistance to child protection service workers, foster care providers, and children in foster care. The office shall collaborate with the university system of New Hampshire to develop a model of best practices for the state foster care system and establish and maintain a statewide reporting system to collect and analyze data relating to the state foster care system. On or before November 1, 2021, and each November 1 thereafter, the office shall provide an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the commissioner of the department of health and human services, the director of the office of the child advocate, the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the senate president.
2 University System of New Hampshire; Collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Foster Care Oversight. The university system of New Hampshire and the department of health and human services shall enter into a memorandum of understanding or other agreement regarding the collaboration between the university system and the department in the establishment and operation of the office of foster care oversight described in section 1 of this act.
HB 1674-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish an Office of Foster Care Oversight, which would coordinate with the University of New Hampshire to establish best practices for the foster care system as well as establish and maintain a statewide reporting system to collect and analyze data relating to the foster care system. The Department states that because the bill contains relatively few details regarding the role of the proposed office and how it would interact with/differ from the existing ombudsman and Office of the Child Advocate, its cost cannot be estimated at the present time. Nonetheless, the Department anticipates that the bill may require multiple additional positions to oversee the hundreds of children in foster care and the hundreds of foster homes in the state, with labor grades and salary details to be determined.
Department of Health and Human Services
|March 3, 2020||House||Hearing|
|March 3, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 1 P. 31|
|March 3, 2020||Public Hearing: 03/03/2020 02:30 pm LOB 206|
|March 3, 2020||Executive Session: 03/03/2020 03:00 pm LOB 206|