A Boston University student led/faculty advised group recently analyzed OCH’s 2017 data and concluded that not only does this innovative approach reduce the need for foster care, keep more families together, help families avoid homelessness, and support vulnerable children, it also likely helped save the state between 9-11 million dollars in 2017.
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In our attempt to quantify One Can Help’s financial impact on the State we’ve performed multiple cost-benefit analyses comparing how much One Can Help (OCH) spends on its services to the potential financial alleviation from the taxpayer burden that results from these services. We used OCH’s outcomes survey and application data for 2017 to conduct our analysis. We estimate that OCH’s services resources and interventions saved the state, and consequentially taxpayers, between $9,419,989 and $11,436,510 in 2017. To help our analysis we’ve segmented OCH’s potential impact into three main categories: foster care, courts, and miscellaneous.
We’ve estimated that OCH’s intervention within foster care, including returning children from foster care sooner to their homes or keeping them out of foster care altogether, saves the state an estimated annual amount of $6,848,471.34 if we estimate the average cost to the state of a child in foster care to be $29 for each day
In the court system, we believe that OCH’s services help to provide “meaningful access to justice” and in doing so, help to decrease the amount of time some cases need to be in court in order to resolve as well as decrease the number of no-shows which result in additional court dates. We estimated that every court hour costs the state a minimum of $857 in professional time (lawyers, judges, social workers) and that in 2017, the decrease in court time due to assistance from OCH saved the state between $2,016,521 and $4,033,042.
We’ve also categorized OCH’s impacts outside of foster care and courts into miscellaneous. This includes benefits of OCH’s services in regard to preventing homelessness, alleviating cost of childcare, improvements to mental health and deterrence from entering institutions and care facilities, preventing “at-risk” teens from re-entering the court system and improving education. We’ve estimated that it costs OCH 4 times less to keep families in their homes than it costs for the state to provide for that same family in a homeless shelter.
We’ve estimated that OCH alleviates the financial burden in regard to public welfare distributed for child care by $2,322 per year. In regard to the state providing for those with mental health issues, OCH potentially saves the state $10,251 annually. In providing services to prevent re-entry into the court system and the prison system, OCH potentially saves the state $172,824 annually. Lastly, in providing better access to education and encouraging the continuation of education for many of these children, OCH saves $292,000 of taxpayer money in total with each child. If OCH prevented even only 5% of its serviced children from dropping out of school, that is an annual benefit of $369,600 saved for the state.
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