2012 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kilgore
Restore GF for Child Advocacy Centers

Item 343 #5h

Item 343 #5h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2013 $931,000 FY2014 $931,000 GF

Page 259, line 36, strike "$22,517,789" and insert "$23,448,789".
Page 259, line 36, strike "$22,517,789" and insert "$23,448,789".
Page 260, after line 51, insert:
"J.  Out of this appropriation, $931,000 from the general fund each year shall be used to sustain statewide services provided through child advocacy centers.  The Department of Social Services shall (i) develop a request for proposal to distribute 67 percent of the allocated funds for accredited child advocacy centers and 30 percent for associate/developing child advocacy centers, as recognized and in good standing with the National Children's Alliance, with input from Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA); (ii) allocate through contract three percent to Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia, the recognized chapter of National Children's Alliance for Virginia's child advocacy centers, for the purpose of assisting and supporting the development, continuation and sustainability of community-coordinated, child-focused services delivered by children's advocacy centers; and (iii) distribute any non-allocated funding equally to accredited and associate/developing child advocacy centers awarded funding in section (i) of this paragraph.""

(This amendment provides $931,000 from the general fund each year to restore funding for child advocacy centers that was targeted for elimination in the introduced budget. This amendment restores full funding for child advocacy centers that was reduced by $85,000 from the general fund each year from the Department of Social Services and $846,000 from the general fund each year from the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Child advocacy centers provide services to abused children through a comprehensive approach to serving victims and their families. The centers coordinate investigations and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multi-disciplinary team to crease a child-focused approach to child abuse cases.)