Based on the projected workload indicators, such as an increase of 4% each year of the FY 2006-2007 biennium in the number of investigations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, the agency needs additional direct delivery staff to meet increased demand for services in the APS MH/MR Investigations Program.

This initiative seeks additional funding for a staffing level to handle the projected number of investigations over the next biennium at the current level of response. This item would maintain the projected FY 2005 average MH/MR caseload per worker of 10.

If funds are not appropriated, current caseload sizes could not be maintained. Higher caseloads would result in employee burnout and high turnover. High turnover leads to more training costs and further impacts caseloads, ultimately resulting in declining quality in investigations that places the agency at risk for potential liability and inclusion in litigation concerning the care of persons served in MH or MR settings. Failure to complete certain investigations in MH and MR settings timely places the state at risk of losing significant federal dollars.

Funding Request

FY 2006
FY 2007
Total $427,766 $548,835 $976,601
Number of FTEs 10.0 14.0  
Method of Financing:      
General Revenue $322,537 $414,431 $736,968
Federal Funds $105,229 $134,404 $239,633

Program Impact

FY 2006
FY 2007
Ave MH and MR Caseload per Worker 10.0 10.0

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