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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1-24-06
1-24-06 HB
SHORT TITLE
DONA ANA DETENTION CENTER
PSYCHIATRIC UNIT
SB 179
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$517.2
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 179 appropriates $517,200 from the general fund to the Local Government Division
of the Department of Finance and Administration in FY07 to establish and operate a psychiatric
unit at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $517,200 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 would revert to the
general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DDPC indicated that individuals with developmental disabilities, especially mental retardation,
who also have duel diagnosis often, end up in correctional systems instead of treatment facilities.
This psychiatric unit could help identify this group and divert them to a more appropriate place
instead of jail.
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Additionally, DFA noted that the psychiatric unit could offer more appropriate care for mentally
ill inmates and could, as a result, help insulate the county from lawsuits.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
DFA noted that SB179 appropriates funding for FY07, and indicated concern that, without con-
tinued operating costs, the unit would not be effective beyond FY07.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DFA indicated that the agency will execute a joint powers agreement or a memorandum of un-
derstanding with the Dona Ana county detention center to operate the unit.
TECHNICAL ISSUES
DFA indicated the appropriation in this bill is not a Local Government Division function. His-
torically, the Department of Health is the lead agency on treatment issues in the state.
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