Report 2010-121 Recommendations and Responses in 2012-041

Report 2010-121: Foster Family Home and Small Family Home Insurance Fund: Expanding Its Coverage Will Increase Costs and the Department of Social Services Needs to Improve Its Management of the Insurance Fund

Department Number of Years Reported As Not Fully Implemented Total Recommendations to Department Not Implemented After One Year Not Implemented as of Most Recent Response
Department of Social Services 1 7 3 3

Recommendation To: Social Services, Department of

To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State's limited resources, Social Services should use these claims and expenditure data to determine the annual appropriation amount needed for the insurance fund to meet its anticipated liabilities.

Response

The attached CDSS document outlines procedures and identifies responsibilities for CDSS Administration Division and the Foster Care Audits and Rates Bureau (FCARB) within the Children and Family Services Division. The FCARB will be the Department's liaison to the Department of General Services/Office of Risk and Insurance Management (DGS/ORIM). In that capacity, the FCARB will conduct program and contract management over DGS/ORIM. (See Attachment 1.)

The methodologies for determining both the Foster Family Home and Small Family Home Insurance Fund (FSH) fund annual appropriation and the fund reserve requirements are explained in the CDSS Final Draft Procedures. Future adjustments to the fund's balance and appropriation will be conducted as part of the fall budget process (September 2012- December 2012) in conjunction with the Department of Finance's budget development timelines for release of the proposed FY 2013-14 Governor's Budget on January 10, 2013.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: May 2013
  • Response Date: November 2012

Recommendation To: Social Services, Department of

To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State's limited resources, Social Services should establish a written policy or procedures to guide staff on the appropriate methodology to use when calculating these anticipated liabilities.

Response

The attached CDSS document outlines procedures and identifies responsibilities for CDSS Administration Division and the Foster Care Audits and Rates Bureau (FCARB) within the Children and Family Services Division. The FCARB will be the Department's liaison to the Department of General Services/Office of Risk and Insurance Management (DGS/ORIM). In that capacity, the FCARB will conduct program and contract management over DGS/ORIM. (See Attachment 1.)

The methodologies for determining both the Foster Family Home and Small Family Home Insurance Fund (FSH) fund annual appropriation and the fund reserve requirements are explained in the CDSS Final Draft Procedures. Future adjustments to the fund's balance and appropriation will be conducted as part of the fall budget process (September 2012- December 2012) in conjunction with the Department of Finance's budget development timelines for release of the proposed FY 2013-14 Governor's Budget on January 10, 2013.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: May 2013
  • Response Date: November 2012

Recommendation To: Social Services, Department of

To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State's limited resources, Social Services should establish an adequate reserve amount for the insurance fund and reevaluate it annually.

Response

The attached CDSS document outlines procedures and identifies responsibilities for CDSS Administration Division and the Foster Care Audits and Rates Bureau (FCARB) within the Children and Family Services Division. The FCARB will be the Department's liaison to the Department of General Services/Office of Risk and Insurance Management (DGS/ORIM). In that capacity, the FCARB will conduct program and contract management over DGS/ORIM. (See Attachment 1.)

The methodologies for determining both the Foster Family Home and Small Family Home Insurance Fund (FSH) fund annual appropriation and the fund reserve requirements are explained in the CDSS Final Draft Procedures. Future adjustments to the fund's balance and appropriation will be conducted as part of the fall budget process (September 2012- December 2012) in conjunction with the Department of Finance's budget development timelines for release of the proposed FY 2013-14 Governor's Budget on January 10, 2013.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: May 2013
  • Response Date: November 2012

Current Status of Recommendations

All Recommendations in 2012-041