2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Conference Report)

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Children's Advocacy Centers Allocation (language only)

Item 341 #5c

Item 341 #5c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services

Page 310, strike lines 38 through 47 and insert:
"department shall allocate four percent to Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), the recognized chapter of the 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 (CACs).  Of the remaining 96 percent, (i) 65 percent shall be distributed to a baseline allocation determined by the accreditation status of the CAC: (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 1,000; (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amendment alters the funding methodology used to distribute funds to Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) which has become outdated due to a substantial growth in CACs and a shift in the number of CACs from associate membership to accredited membership.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 change anticipates continued growth of satellite centers which are not supported by the current formula. The revised formula (i) provides incentives for National Children's Advocacy Accreditation; (ii) eliminates competition between centers; (iii) eliminates subjective criteria; and (iv) provides for equitable distribution.)