2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Committee Approved)

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Children's Advocacy Centers Allocation (language only)

Item 341 #1h

Item 341 #1h

Health and Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 310, strike lines 38 though 47 and insert:
"department shall allocate four percent to Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), the recognized chapter of National Children's Alliance for Virginia's child advocacy centers, for the purpose of assisting and supporting the development, continuation and sustainability of community-coordinated, child-focused services delivered by children's advocacy centers.  Of the remaining 96 percent (i) 65 percent shall be distributed to a baseline allocation determined by the accreditation status of the child advocacy center; (a) developing and associate centers 100 percent of base; (b) accredited centers 150 percent of base; and (c) accredited centers with satellite facilities 175 percent of base; and (ii) 35 percent shall be allocated according to established criteria to include: (a) 25 percent determined by the rate of child abuse per 1000; (b) 25 percent determined by child population; and (c) 50 percent determined by the number of counties and independent cities serviced."

(This amendment alters the funding methodology used to distribute funds to child advocacy centers (CACs) which has become outdated due to a substantial growth in CACs and a shift in the number of CACs from associate membership to accredited membership. The proposed change anticipates continued growth of satellite centers which are not supported by the current formula. The proposed formula (i) provides incentives for National Children's Advocacy Accreditation; (ii) eliminates pitting one CAC against another; (iii) eliminates subjective criteria; and (iv) provides fairness in distribution.)