2016 Session

Budget Amendments - SB29 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Newman
Safe Families Pilot Program (language only)

Item 339 #1s

Item 339 #1s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services


Page 129, after line 36, insert:

"L.  The Department of Social Services shall partner with Patrick Henry Family Services to implement a pilot program in the area encompassing Planning District 11 (Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell Counties and the City of Lynchburg) for the temporary placements of children for children and families in crisis. The pilot program will allow a parent or legal custodian of a minor, with the assistance of Patrick Henry Family Services, to delegate to another person by a properly executed power of attorney any powers regarding care, custody, or property of the minor for a temporary placement for a period that is not greater than 90 days. The program will allow for an option of a one-time 90 day extension.

2.  The department shall ensure that this pilot program meets the following specific programmatic and safety requirements outlined in 22 VAC 40-131 and 22 VAC 40-191:

(i) The pilot program organization shall meet the background check requirements described in 22 VAC 40-191.

(ii) The pilot program organization shall develop and implement written policies and procedures for governing active and closed cases, admissions, monitoring the administration of medications, prohibiting corporal punishment, ensuring that children are not subjected to abuse or neglect, investigating allegations of misconduct toward children, implementing the child's back-up emergency care plan, assigning designated casework staff, management of all records, discharge policies, and the use of seclusion and restraint (22 VAC 40-131-90).

(iii) The pilot program organization shall provide pre-service and ongoing training for temporary placement providers and staff (22 VAC 40-131-210 and 22 VAC 40-131-150).

3.  The Department of Social Services shall evaluate the pilot program and determine if this model of prevention is effective.  A report of the evaluation findings and recommendations shall be submitted to the Governor, the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Commission on Youth by December 1, 2017."


(This amendment directs the Department of Social Services to work with Patrick Henry Family Services to implement a pilot program that provides short-term custody of minors to families involved with the pilot organization. The purpose of this pilot program is to evaluate a short-term model of temporary custody for families in crisis to help prevent families from breaking up and children being moved into the foster care system.)