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Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Ward
Backfill Loss of Grant for Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

Item 325 #13h

Item 325 #13h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Department for FY2015 $400,000 FY2016 $400,000 GF

Language
Page 277, line 11, strike "$97,610,241" and insert "$98,010,241".
Page 277, line 11, strike "$97,610,241" and insert "$98,010,241".
Page 278, after line 44, insert:
"M.  Out of this appropriation, $400,000 each year from the general fund shall be provided to implement the Lifespan Respite Voucher Program."


Explanation
(This amendment provides $400,000 each year from the general fund to backfill the loss of grant funds for the Lifespan Respite Voucher Program. The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Virginia Caregiver Coalition (VCC) received the federal Lifespan Respite Care Grant in 2011 to plan and develop a statewide system of coordinated, community-based respite for family caregivers who are caring for individuals with special needs of all ages. In 2012, Virginia was one of two states to receive an additional expansion grant to implement the plan. DARS and the VCC developed an innovative voucher program that provided reimbursement vouchers up to $400 to home-based caregivers to cover the cost of temporary and short-term respite. The program operated from January 2013 to July 2013 serving 517 families at a cost of $204,000. Vouchers were provided to the primary caregivers who resided full-time in the same household as the person receiving care. Applicants cared for individuals from all ages with 80 different disabilities and health-related issues. Response to the program was overwhelmingly positive, indicating that caregivers were less overwhelmed and had some financial relief. This request will allow the program to serve 1,500 to 2,000 families.)