OCR spends 95% of its budget on meeting its statutory mandates, primarily on attorney services for children provided by state employees in OCR’s El Paso GAL Office and independent contractors throughout the state. Independent contractors provide attorney services at a rate of $75 per hour. The average cost of an OCR case in FY 15-16 was $1,222, a $75 decrease from the average cost per case in FY 14-15. The remaining 5% of the OCR’s budget is used to administer the agency.
In FY 15-16, the OCR paid attorney services in 15,454 case appointments; a 5.5% increase in appointments paid over the previous fiscal year. The average cost of an OCR case was $1,222 in FY 15-16. The appointments in dependency and neglect cases account for 78% of attorney services expenditures.
Breakdown of Expenditures
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Breakdown of OCR Attorney Appointments Over the Last Five Fiscal Years
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The OCR is statutorily required to provide an annual report of its activities to the State Court Administrator’s Office and the General Assembly by September 1 of each year.
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