CHAPTER 6

APPROPRIATION -

FOR SALARIES AT HOSPITAL FOR MENTALLY RETARDED

AN ACT APPROPRIATING ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE DELAWARE STATE HOSPITAL AT FARNHURST, DELAWARE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE SALARIES OF PERSONNEL OF THE HOSPITAL FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED AT STOCKLEY, DELAWARE, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1957.

WHEREAS, the former Delaware Commission for the Feebleminded submitted to the Budget Commission the original budget for the biennium ending June 30, 1957, and

WHEREAS, the former Commission included in this original budget a request for the sum of $423,257.00 annually for "Salaries and Wages of Employees" of said Delaware Commission for the Feebleminded, and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly appropriated only $329,000.00 annually for "Salaries and Wages of Employees", and

WHEREAS, on June 30, 1955 the 118th General Assembly abolished the Delaware Commission for the Feebleminded and transferred its functions and facilities to the State Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital at Farnhurst, Delaware, and

WHEREAS, this State Board of Trustees assumed the responsibility of reorganizing the administration of the Hospital for the Mentally Retarded at Stockley, Delaware, and

WHEREAS, one of the primary things the State Board of Trustees had to consider was changing from 12 hour daily shifts to 8 hour daily shifts for employees, and

WHEREAS, it was necessary to employ an additional 48 employees in order to raise the standards of supervision, treatment and training of patients, and

WHEREAS, these additional employees increased a total number of personnel from 156 positions to 204 positions, and

WHEREAS, there is now being expended approximately $12,000.00 per month more than was appropriated to "Salaries and Wages of Employees", and

WHEREAS, the "Salaries and Wages of Employees" division of the appropriation will require an additional $144,000.00 for the current fiscal year to maintain the present level of care and treatment of patients, and

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that there will be approximately $50,000.00 available in the Special Account of the Hospital for the Mentally Retarded at Stockley, Delaware, at the end of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957 which will be expended for "Salaries and Wages of Employees," and

WHEREAS, there will be a deficit of approximately $100,000.00 for "Salaries and Wages of Employees" for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957,

NOW, THEREFORE

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section.1. The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to the State Board of Trustees of the Delaware Hospital at Farnhurst, Delaware, for the purpose of paying the salaries of employees of the Hospital for the Mentally Retarded at Stockley, Delaware for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957.

Section 2. This Act shall be known as a supplementary appropriation act and the monies hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved February 12, 1957.