November 2015

The 2016 budget campaign has come to an end. The Association is particularly conscious of the difficult situation faced by the national, regional and local authorities. Regular communications with our partners in the various départements and regional health authorities (ARS) make it clear to us how difficult the budget campaigns for 2016 and beyond will be.
This situation has a direct effect on the funding allocated to our establishments, most often with a view to stabilising expenses but also sometimes in a move to cut youth budgets. This drive to control or cut most often includes moves towards reducing places in residential facilities, which represent an important part of the not-for-profit sector systems, and the introduction of long term agreements on objectives and resources (CPOM).
Against this background, the Association is fully committed to a desire to search for better solutions to maintain the quality of care and reception given to the young people and families it supports. So in certain establishments we have redeployed some of the residential capacity to favour the introduction of more flexible systems, closer to home-based families or a sequence of admissions, with a view to giving more customised support and doing as much as we can to avoid children being separated from their parents.
However, we note that over and above the efforts made to control costs, the Associations find themselves increasingly caught between financing difficulties and the increase in their legal and statutory obligations. For example, we have had to include in our budgets the work connected with meeting standards for disabled access, and the funding for part of the health insurance scheme for all employees.
We also note, in connection with the reform of occupational training, a fall in our rate of contribution, with the resulting sizeable reduction in the scale of our training plan but, paradoxically, exactly the same obligation to train our staff, combined with the imposition of more deadlines.
This non-exhaustive list just serves to show the process that has begun and the risks generated. The budgets proposed by the Association take into account all of these factors and if the increase in certain budgets remains higher than the rates that will be applied by our financial backers, our desire was not to deny the importance of these financial difficulties, but to expose the reality of the situation.
The President
Francis BOUTEN