1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Adult In-Home Services

Item 402 #8h

Item 402 #8h

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY1999 $350,000 FY2000 $350,000 NGF

Page 242, line 23, strike "$179,403,329" and insert "$179,753,329".
Page 242, line 23, strike "$179,403,329" and insert "$179,753,329".
Page 244, after line 23, insert:
"L. Out of this appropriation, an additional $350,000 in the first year and $350,000 in the second year from the federal Social Services Block Grant shall be allocated to provide adult companion services for low-income elderly and disabled adults."

(This amendment provides additional federal block grant funds needed to begin to restore adult companion services to fiscal year 1996 levels for services which had been reduced as the result of new federally mandated hourly wage changes that occurred on October 1, 1996, and September 1, 1997. This program relies heavily upon service providers who work at the federal minimum hourly rate. The federal minimum hourly rate increased from $4.25 to $4.75 per hour effective October 1, 1996, and increased again to $5.15 per hour effective September 1, 1997. The net effect of these increases was a reduction in the number of hours which could be purchased for companion services for over 6,000 elderly and disabled adults.)