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2005 Testimony

Testimony Before the House Appropriations

Human Resources Subcommittee
Representative Delzer, Chairman

HB 1012 - DHS Budget - State Hospital and N.D. Developmental Center Budget Areas

January 14, 2005

Chairman Delzer and members of the Human Resources Subcommittee, I am Alex C. Schweitzer, the Superintendent of the North Dakota State Hospital and North Dakota Developmental Center of the Department of Human Services. I am here today to provide you an overview of the budget of the North Dakota State Hospital and North Dakota Developmental Center.

One Center Program Activities:

The North Dakota State Hospital and North Dakota Developmental Center have collaborated since April of 2000, after the appointment of one Superintendent for both facilities, by the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services.

Sharing efforts since that time include, the sharing of clinical, support and administrative expertise and the combination of several management and supervisory positions to serve both sites. These combined positions include: the Superintendent position, the Chief Fiscal Officer, the Director of Materials Management, the Accounting Supervisor, the Clinical Dietician, the Risk Manager, the Human Resources Manager, the Director of Professional Development and recently, the Safety and Security Director.

Programs at the North Dakota State Hospital:

The North Dakota State Hospital provides short-term inpatient and long-term residential psychiatric, forensic and chemical addiction services to adults, children and adolescents. These patients are considered to be the traditional patient population of the hospital. Within this group of patients are inpatients referred from the Department of Corrections for addiction services. The hospital provides psychiatric and addiction services under contract with the Department of Corrections. The hospital also provides inpatient services for dangerous sex offenders. This group of patients are housed and treated in the secure services unit of the hospital. The State Hospital provides the following specific programs to patients;

Traditional Services for the Adults:

The hospital provides therapeutic and supportive services to adults with a serious mental illness and substance abuse problems so they can manage their illness and productively live in the community in the least restrictive setting.

The State Hospital operates 206 inpatient beds for adult individuals with serious mental illness and substance abuse problems. 90 of these beds are for addiction services under contract with the Department of Corrections.

Traditional Adolescent and Children's Mental Health Services:

The hospital provides therapeutic and supportive services to children with a serious emotional disorder (SED) and their families so they can manage their disorder and live in the community in the least restrictive setting.

The State Hospital operates 8 inpatient beds for children and adolescents with serious mental illness and substance abuse problems. The hospital subcontracts with the Jamestown School system for educational services for its child and adolescent population.

Secure Services:

The hospital provides evaluation and treatment services in the secure services unit for mentally ill and dangerous individuals from jails and other units of the State Hospital, pre-trial competency evaluations and sex offenders.

The hospital is recommending in this budget to increase this unit from 32 beds to 42 beds. This increase in beds is because of the continued growth of sex offender admissions to the State Hospital. The hospital will reserve 38 of these beds for sex offenders and the other 4 beds for the mentally ill and dangerous and the pre-trial competency patients.

Occupancy Trends at the North Dakota State Hospital:

Attachment A (36kb pdf)

The numbers of annual admissions decreased significantly at the State Hospital over the five year period, FY 1997 to FY 2002, to an average of 1221 admissions per year. More significantly the number of admissions in FY 1997 totaled 1734 and decreased to 838 by FY 2002, a greater then 50% decrease. The trend of decreasing admissions continued in FY 2003 to 714 admissions.

Hospital admissions then took an upturn in FY 2004 to 1041 admissions. The sudden climb in admissions from FY 2003 to FY 2005 at the State Hospital can be attributed to three factors; the rapid increase in the sex offender population, the contracted addiction program with the Department of Corrections and first time admissions. Significantly for the period of May 2004 through December 2004 the hospital admitted 221 first time admissions, with 44 percent of these due to drug and alcohol abuse. The hospital is projecting that total admissions in FY 2005 will increase to 1270.

Attachment B (36kb pdf)

The average daily population for the hospital decreased from 228 patients in FY 1997 to 161 patients per day in FY 2002. The average daily population continued to decrease to 145 patients in FY 2003 and then increased to 197 patients in FY 2004. The average daily population grew during FY 2004 because of the addition of 50 patients to the Tompkins Rehabilitation Center (DOCR program). The average daily population is projected to grow to 235 patients in FY 2005. The hospital is preparing for the continued growth of patients with the proposed 256 beds in the 05 - 07 budget request.

The decrease in admissions and average daily population from 1997 through 2003 in the hospital's population was because of a shift from an institutional model to a community-based care model. The sudden growth of population in FY 2004 - 2005, is because of the aforementioned increase in admissions of sex offenders, first time admissions and the DOCR program. The hospital decreased its budget significantly during the period of shifting population to community based care from 1997 through 2003. The current budget request accounts for the increased patient population.

Acuity levels of patients in the hospital have increased. For example, the current addiction patients have severe, chronic medical problems and the psychiatric patients have multiple diagnoses. Repeat admissions for addiction and psychiatric patients are expected to continue at the current rate of 8% due to the chronic nature of their illness.

Performance Measures at the North Dakota State Hospital:

The State Hospital and the Developmental Center have identified performance measures for administration and each of its major program areas. These outcomes focus on patients managing their lives and living in the least restrictive community setting. The following are a sample of the hospital's measures and the Developmental Center's measures are covered later in this testimony. More measures for both sites are available upon request.

Performance Measure #1:

The 30-day readmission rate will stay below 9% at the State Hospital.

The 30-day readmission rate will stay below 9% at the State Hospital

Performance Measure #2:

60% of the patients in the DOCR/State Hospital addiction program will show improvement in the 15 domains as measured by a pre-treatment score and a post treatment discharge score.

60% of the patients in the DOCR/State Hospital addiction program will show improvement in the 15 domains as measured by a pre-treatment score and a post treatment discharge score

Performance Measure #3:

75% of children and youth reviewed on a quarterly basis will show improved overall functioning as measured by a pre-treatment and discharge score on the Global Assessment Functioning Scale.

75% of children and youth reviewed on a quarterly basis will show improved overall functioning as measured by a pre-treatment and discharge score on the Global Assessment Functioning Scale

Performance Measure #4:

75% of individuals with serious mental illness reviewed on a quarterly basis will show improved overall functioning as measured by a pre-treatment and discharge score on the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale.

75% of individuals with serious mental illness reviewed on a quarterly basis will show improved overall functioning as measured by a pre-treatment and discharge score on the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale

Performance Measure #5:

Daily patient care rates, including medical costs, will be within 5% of regional and national rates.

Daily patient care rates, including medical costs, will be within 5% of regional and national rates

Overview of Budget Changes: North Dakota State Hospital:

State Hospital
Traditional Services
2003-2005
Budget
2005-2007
Budget
Increase /
(Decrease)
HSC/Institutions39,926,35142,487,9782,561,627
General Funds23,481,35526,662,1073,180,752
Federal Funds4,093,8014,408,198314,397
Other Funds12,351,19511,417,673(933,522)
FTE's390.3369.6(20.7)
  • The Secure Services unit budget request increases by $3,012,380 for the 42 beds in the secure services unit. The increase is because of the additional 29.8 FTEs and additional 20 beds needed for this program, the additional operating expenses because of more beds and the Governor's compensation package of $287,442 for secure services.
  • The hospital started the biennium with 22 beds for sex offenders. Ten more beds were added through enhanced Medicaid funding and the 2005 - 2007 budget request adds 10 more beds because of the continued growth of sex offender admissions.
  • The hospital's traditional budget request provides for a decrease of (20.7) full time equivalents. We are transferring these 20.7 FTEs to the secure services budget request. In addition, the hospital is adding 9.1 FTEs to the secure services budget.

Programs at the North Dakota Developmental Center:

The Developmental Center provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program includes day and residential services, work and day activity services, sex offender treatment services for DD individuals, clinical and health services and evaluation and consultation services. The Developmental Center continues its efforts on an outreach program to assist the community with crisis evaluation and consultation to prevent admission to the Developmental Center.

Residential Services at the Developmental Center

The Developmental Center through its day and residential services program provides training and assistance with daily living activities to eligible people with disabilities so they can achieve their agreed upon personal goals.

Services in this program include, ICF/MR and Work and Day Activity.

Medical and Clinical Services Program at the Developmental Center.

The Developmental Center through its medical and clinical services program provides evaluation and treatment, assessment therapy, training, and supportive services to people with disabilities so they can achieve and maintain their optimal mental and physical health.

Services in this program include; medical services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental services, nursing care services, social services, mental health services, rehab services, nutrition counseling, adaptive equipment services, medical support services, psychological evaluation and services, sexual abuse treatment, child abuse treatment, behavioral management, recreational services, group therapy, individual therapy and consultation.

Occupancy Trends at the North Dakota Developmental Center:

Attachment C - Occupancy Graphs (60kb PowerPoint)

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The Developmental Center from 1997 to 2004 shows a slight increase in average daily population, from 141 individuals to 145 individuals. Although, the facility discharged several clients during this time period, it was not enough to offset the increase of overall admissions to the facility. The Center is seeing increased admissions because of clients with severe behavioral issues, first time admissions and short time contingent admissions. The center's goal is to have a net ten of discharges to admissions rate by July 2005 (for the biennial period of 03-05). To date, through year-end 2004 and first two weeks of January 2005, the facility has a discharges to admissions rate of net four. The goal is only attainable if we discharge more clients then we admit to the Center.

The Developmental Center's administration will continue to collaborate with the DHS Disabilities Services Division to assure that clients at the Developmental Center whose needs can be met in less restrictive settings are offered community based services. As indicated in Gene Hysjulien's testimony for the division, his 2005-2007 community budget does not provide resources for this purpose. Accommodating community placements from the Developmental Center will require the ability to transfer funds from the Developmental Center budget to the community budget. This can only be accomplished if we have willing community providers and enough clients are discharged from the Center to allow us to reduce costs and thus transfer funds. Once the Center transfers funds and closes individual suites, then it is important that we carefully manage readmissions to the Center.

The Developmental Center utilizes a nationally standardized assessment tool to analyze resident acuity. The following conclusions may be drawn from this analysis:

  • 50% of our residents require the highest level of support for people with mental retardation/developmental disabilities.
  • 50% of our residents require a range from "extensive personal care and or constant supervision" to "regular personal care and/or close supervision" levels of support.
  • Measurements reflect an 8.5% increase in challenging behaviors from 2002 to 2004.

Performance Measures at the North Dakota Developmental Center:

Performance Measure #1:

To review the Developmental Center's overall performance relative to all 25 personal outcomes on a quarterly basis and achieve a 10% increase.

To review the Developmental Center's overall performance relative to all 25 personal outcomes on a quarterly basis and achieve a 10% increase

Performance Measure #2:

80% of all individuals whom reside at the Developmental Center will attend a minimum of 20 hours per week in out of home services.

80% of all individuals whom reside at the Developmental Center will attend a minimum of 20 hours per week in out of home services

Performance Measure #3:

Trends in 5 of 6 positive behavior supports data markers will move in less restrictive direction as measured on a quarterly basis.

Trends in 5 of 6 positive behavior supports data markers will move in less restrictive direction as measured on a quarterly basis

Overview of Budget Changes: North Dakota Developmental Center:

State Hospital
Traditional Services
2003-2005
Budget
2005-2007
Budget
Increase /
(Decrease)
HSC/Institutions2,443,1805,455,5603,012,380
General Funds2,382,8165,455,5603,072,744
Federal Funds60,364- 0 -(60,364)
Other Funds- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -
FTE's24.654.429.8
  • The Developmental Center's 2005 -2007 budget request increases by $2,625,320. The request increases by $2,255,197 because of the Governor's compensation package, by $240,000 because of the OMB bonding bill and by $130,123 because of shift differential, overtime and temporary salaries.
  • Total general funds increase by $2,885,196. The reason for this increase is the Governor's compensation package of $688,132, an increase of $330,287 for the provider assessment, an increase for the FMAP change of $1,215,187 and due to the $1 million underfund of the current budget.
  • Total Federal Funds decrease by $779,135. The FMAP reduction is $1,215,187. The current budget is based on a population of 161 and this budget request is based on a population of 148 for a reduction of $1,072,675. These decreases are offset by the Governor's compensation package of $1,508,727.
  • Total Other Funds increased by $519,259. The reasons for the increase are; $240,000 for the OMB bonding bill, $58,338 for the Governor's compensation package and $220,921 for increased collections from various sources.
  • The Center decreased full time equivalents by 6.5 because of efficiencies in staffing.

This concludes my testimony on the One Center - North Dakota State Hospital and North Dakota Developmental Center. I would be glad to respond to any questions.

 

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