2006 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Replace Adoption Subsidy Program Language (language only)

Item 338 #5s

Item 338 #5s

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 302, strike lines 50 through 56, and insert:
"O.1.  The Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the Virginia League of Social Services Executives, shall perform a comprehensive study and make recommendations on the policies and procedures related to the management of the special needs adoptions subsidy program.  The study shall examine the relationship of the special needs adoption program to the Federal Child Welfare review and the Program of Improvement requirements.  The focus of the study shall be to examine the causes of recent expenditure growth and make recommendations to moderate expenditure growth while continuing to meet the needs of the affected children.  The Department shall not make recommendations to change who is eligible for a subsidized adoption.
2.  In making its recommendation, the Department shall examine the services provided under the adoption program, and whether the appropriate levels of ancillary adoptive services and funding options are available to local departments of social services when developing a service plan for an adopted child and adopting family.  The study shall make recommendations on (1) the establishment of a list of allowable ancillary adoption services for reimbursement, and (2) make recommendations for policy guidance on the use of alternative funding sources after an examination of the relationship between the adoptions subsidy program and alternative reimbursement sources available to local departments of social services for providing adoption services.
3.  Measures to be studied shall include, but not be limited to, setting income guidelines for prospective adoptive parents, utilizing available federal sources such as Medicaid, and setting rates for children’s residential facilities.
4.  Neither the Commissioner nor the state Board of Social Services shall: (1) issue emergency regulations, (2) issue Departmental Policy, or (3) take other administrative action to alter the funding formula in place for the reimbursement of adoption services without approval of the General Assembly.
5.  The Department shall provide a report to the Governor, Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Department of Planning and Budget on or before June 1, 2007."
Page 303, strike lines 1 through 9.

(This amendment replaces language included in the introduced budget to study recent growth in the special needs adoptions program and recommend options to moderate expenditure growth. New language also requires the Department to study recent growth and recommend options to control spending but includes prohibitions against reducing eligibility and recommending emergency regulations, policy guidance or other administrative action without the approval of the General Assembly.)