On January 15, 2011, the Governor released her proposed budget for next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2011. Our part of the budget in the link above is on pages 105 through 111. You kinda need to be a budgeteer to understand some of it, so I’ll try to distill it down a little in several posts this week.
We’ve already functionally transferred Children’s Rehabilitative Services to AHCCCS (through an Intergovernmental Agreement) and the Governor’s proposed budget transfers about $41M from our budget to AHCCCS’s budget so they can run the program. The goal is to permanently transfer CRS to AHCCCS this year.
Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center Funding
Our Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (on the grounds of the Arizona State Hospital) has been providing treatment to sexually violent persons (SVPs) since 1998. Folks arrive at our facility after their County Attorney petitions the court alleging that the person is sexually violent. If the court determines that there’s probable cause to call them an SVP they order the person to be detained in our center.
A few years ago, the State paid for the entire cost of treating and housing the ACPTC residents. Last year’s budget asked each county to pay for 25% of the cost of each guy they send us and this year’s proposed budget asks them to pay for 1/2 the cost. This move basically reduces the general fund contribution to running the ACPTC by a little over $2M.