1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Expand Autism Program

Item 189 #1h

Item 189 #1h

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Education: Higher Education
Virginia Commonwealth University FY1999 $155,000 FY2000 $310,000 GF

Page 141, line 22, strike "$245,153,715" and insert "$245,308,715".
Page 141, line 22, strike "$250,505,608" and insert "$250,815,608".
Page 144, strike lines 10 through 17 and insert:
"K.  Out of this appropriation, $345,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for the continued operation and expansion of The Autism Program of Virginia.  The Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies shall have oversight responsibility for the program and shall retain $25,000 each year for administration.  The balance each year shall be provided to the Arc of Virginia for operation and expansion of the program."

(This amendment provides an additional funds each year to expand The Autism Program of Virginia to more fully meet the needs of families with autistic children and professionals who work in the field of autism in the Commonwealth through the development of regional resource centers. The centers will give the program the capability to provide more effective training, technical assistance and information to parents and professionals. The funds also will be used for the development of multidisciplinary standardized protocols for diagnosis and treatment based on outcome-validated research. The Arc of Virginia will coordinate its services with other organizations involved in autism. The budget, as introduced, provides $190,000 each year for the program. The line item has been re-written to include the additional funds proposed in this amendment and to make technical changes and clarifications.)