2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Dance
Co-Patron(s): Ingram
Restore Funds for Chore and Companion Services

Item 338 #3h

Item 338 #3h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2015 $1,000,000 FY2016 $1,600,000 GF
FY2015 $400,000 FY2016 $400,000 NGF

Page 287, line 25, strike "$37,961,169" and insert "$39,361,169".
Page 287, line 25, strike "$37,961,169" and insert "$39,961,169".
Page 288, line 2, after "appropriation," insert:  
$1,000,000 the first year and $1,600,000 the second year from the general fund and".
Page 288, line 2, strike the first "4,185,189" and insert "4,585,189".
Page 288, line 2, strike "the second "4,185,189" and insert "4,585,189".

(This amendment restores funding for adult chore and companion services and other purchased adult protective services that was reduced in Chapter 874 of the 2010 Virginia Acts of Assembly. This program experienced a reduction of $2.0 million from the general fund in fiscal year 2012. Without these additional funds, Adult Protective Services (APS) can investigate complaints but has no funds to provide services. Chore and companion services are used to provide protective services at home to prevent or address abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and keep elderly and disabled individuals in their homes. Previous cuts have coincided with significant increases in APS reports (20,704 APS reports in fiscal year 2013). Without home-based services, elderly and disabled individuals are often forced into institutional care at a much higher cost to the Commonwealth. Other purchased services are for emergency protective services to meet needs for victims who have to escape dangerous situations.)