2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

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Revise Study of Special Needs Adoption Subsidies (language only)

Item 338 #1h

Item 338 #1h

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 302, line 50, after "O.", insert "1."
Page 302, line 51, strike "local social services directors staff" and insert:
"Virginia League of Social Services Executives and the executive director of the Office of Comprehensive Services".
Page 302, line 53, after "related to the", insert "management of the".
Page 302, line 53, after "program", insert "and make recommendations".
Page 302, line 54, after "The study", strike "will focus on", and insert:
"shall examine the relationship of the special needs adoption program to the federal Child and Family Services Review Performance Improvement Plan requirements.  The study's focus will be to examine".
Page 303, after line 1, insert:
"2.  In making its recommendations, the Department shall also 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 in developing a service plan for an adopted child and the adoptive family.  The study shall make recommendations on (i) the establishment of a list of allowable ancillary adoption services for reimbursement and (ii) policy guidance on the use of alternative funding sources for providing adoption services."
Page 303, line 2, before "Measures", insert "3,"
Page 303, after line 9, insert:
"4.  Neither the Commissioner nor the State Board of Social Services shall (i) issue emergency regulations, (ii) issue departmental policy, or (iii) take other administrative action to alter the funding formula in place for the reimbursement of adoption services prior to the issuance of the written report specified in O.3. and the delivery of an oral presentation on the study to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."

(This amendment modifies language in the introduced budget requiring the Department of Social Services to perform a comprehensive study of the special needs adoption subsidy program. Language is added requiring collaboration with the Virginia League of Social Services Executives and the executive director of the Office of Comprehensive Services. In addition, language is added to ensure that the study examines the relationship between the adoption program and the federal requirements related to improving the Commonwealth's child and family services programs. Language directs the Department to examine the services provided through the program and the availability of ancillary services and alternative funding options to local departments of social services. Language prohibits the adoption of emergency regulations, policy or other administrative actions until the Department has completed its report to the Governor and money committees and has provided an oral presentation to the money committees.)