2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Toscano
Co-Patron(s): O'Bannon
Add LTESS Funds for Individuals with Autism

Item 325 #5h

Item 325 #5h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Department for FY2015 $707,000 FY2016 $707,000 GF

Page 277, line 11, strike "$97,610,241" and insert "$98,317,241".
Page 277, line 11, strike "$97,610,241" and insert "$98,317,241".

(This amendment increases funding by $707,000 each year from the general fund to help meet projected demand for long-term employment support services (LTESS) for individuals with autism transitioning out of public schools through partnerships with employment service organizations. Approximately eight percent of individuals currently receiving LTESS have autism. However, estimates nationally indicate that more than 85 percent of individuals with autism are unemployed. A return on investment analysis of LTESS indicates that for every dollar spent in the program, $3.50 is returned to localities. This funding will also help Virginia meet its Employment First goals set forth in the U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement.)