2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Peace
Add Funds for Public Guardian and Conservator Program

Item 326 #2h

Item 326 #2h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Department for FY2015 $409,000 FY2016 $409,000 GF

Page 278, line 45, strike "$33,094,089" and insert "$33,503,089".
Page 278, line 45, strike "$33,094,089" and insert "$33,503,089".

(This amendment adds $409,000 each year from the general fund for the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Program, which provides funding to local programs to provide a critical buffer for incapacitated persons from neglect, abuse, and exploitation and maximizes the quality of life for vulnerable persons. Unmet demand for public guardian services is estimated to be 1,200. There has been no new funding allocated for these services since fiscal year 2008 and funding was reduced for these programs by $52,500 in fiscal year 2010. Without an increase in funding, one or more guardianship contractors are likely to make business decisions to discontinue operations. This amendment would stabilize funding for existing programs and provide new resources in localities without programs, such as New Kent County.)