2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5003 (Committee Approved)

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GF Savings from Expanding Foster Care to Youth Ages 18 to 21

Item 279 #1s

Item 279 #1s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families FY2015 $0 FY2016 ($1,381,961) GF

Page 228, line 2, strike "$267,088,142" and insert "$265,706,181".

(This amendment reduces $1.4 million GF the second year, reflecting a revised estimate of the number of foster care children that will gain eligibility for coverage through the federal Fostering Connections Act and therefore transfer from CSA to the Title IV-E foster care program funded through the Department of Social Services. The introduced budget includes an initiative to expand access to foster care and adoption subsidies for youth who currently age out at 18. The initial estimate of $2.9 million in GF savings assumed that 51 percent of foster care children funded through CSA would transfer to DSS. The revised estimate assumes 75 percent of foster care children will be transferred, consistent with findings from national consultants who have examined implementation of this issue in other states.)