DHS 2015-17 Agency Request Budget (ARB)
Message from DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel
The 2015-17 DHS Agency Request Budget (ARB) (10 MB, 891 pages) posted here is the first step in Oregon’s biannual state budget process. The ARB sets out what investments are needed to continue the agency’s efforts to fulfill its mission of helping Oregonians in their own communities achieve safety, well-being and independence through services that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.
The 2015-17 ARB is based on the fall 2014 caseload forecast and begins with a description of the investments needed to continue our existing work. For us, that “current service level budget” is $2.69 billion in state funds.
The ARB also includes requests to increase investment in DHS programs and services through policy option packages (POP’s). Agencies were capped in the amount of money they could request in POP’s – for us, that cap was $108 million, which means that we had to prioritize our requests to fit under the cap. Agencies were also instructed to set out potential budget reductions, and the reduction target was 10%, or a little over $268 million for DHS.
As you know, the statewide agency request process usually results in budget requests that far exceed the funds that will be available during the 2015-17 biennium, so the next step in the process is for the Governor to review, prioritize and issue a Governor’s Recommended Budget around the first of December, 2014.
Final say on agency budgets rests with the Legislature. Public discussion about the budget and final decisions will happen during the 2015 Legislative session in our Ways and Means subcommittee. The end result will be the Legislatively Approved 2015-17 Budget, usually passed during the closing days of the session (end of June/beginning of July 2015).
Thank you to everyone who provided input during the development of the DHS Agency Request Budget through Town Hall meetings, advisory groups and by phone and e-mail. Your ideas were valuable in helping shape the final document.
If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our DHS Program Directors – or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for using the DHS 2015-17 ARB online document:
- It’s 891 pages, so only download it if you really want it;
- It’s 10 MB, so it’s too big to e-mail – send the link if you want to share it; and
- Use the bookmarks (see the left column to open these) to help you navigate the big document more quickly. For example, scroll down to the section you want (Child Welfare or Policy Option Packages), click the title, and the section opens right up!