(1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—The Legislature finds evidence of deficiencies in the administrative infrastructure of the Department of Children and Family Services, hereafter referred to as the “department,” that may negatively affect the timeliness and quality of delivery of services. Particularly, the Legislature finds that inadequate client and management information systems have impeded integrated service delivery, that program evaluation activities have been insufficient, that workloads of administrative personnel are excessive, and that clients and service providers have been adversely affected by these administrative deficiencies. It is the intent of the Legislature that the administrative infrastructure of the department be established at levels necessary to support efficient and effective delivery of services. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that contracts of the department with service providers include established levels of funding for administrative infrastructure to support efficient and effective delivery of contracted services.
(2) ADMINISTRATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE STANDARDS.—
(a) The department, in conjunction with the Department of Management Services and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budgeting, shall develop standards for administrative infrastructure funding and staffing to support the department and contract service providers in the execution of their duties and responsibilities.
(b) The development of administrative infrastructure funding and staffing standards shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Identification of functions necessary to support the service delivery capacity of the department and service providers.
2. Identification of functions necessary to ensure adequate program development and oversight by the department.
3. Specification of professional standards and position classifications necessary to perform identified functions.
4. Recommendation of staffing formulas to support identified functions.
5. Recommendation of improvements in automation of information systems to support identified functions.
6. Prevention of unnecessary duplication of functions.
7. Development of standardized percentages for administrative infrastructure costs of contracted services.
(3) ADMINISTRATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS.—Based upon administrative infrastructure standards developed in accordance with the provisions of this section, the department shall complete an annual analysis of deficiencies in administrative infrastructure of the department and in contracts with service providers. A report of this analysis shall be included in the report of recommended standards required by this section, and subsequent annual analyses shall be reflected in legislative budget requests.