2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Funding for Child Advocacy Centers

Item 348 #1h

Item 348 #1h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2017 $0 FY2018 $401,500 GF
FY2017 $0 FY2018 ($401,500) NGF


Page 349, line 12, after "the first year", insert "and $401,500 the second year".

Page 349, line 13, strike $1,231,000" and insert "$829,500".


(This amendment adds $401,500 from the general fund and reduces $401,500 from federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant funds the second year to partially reverse action in the introduced budget to supplant general fund for Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) with TANF funds. A portion of the general funds received by the CACs is used to match federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. The TANF funds cannot be used as match for the VOCA grants. With CAC's rapid expansion, due to 2014 legislation requiring the use of multidisciplinary teams in child sexual abuse cases in all jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, this loss of available funds would severely curtail their effectiveness and ability to continue meeting the needs of an expanding population. In addition, TANF funds cannot be used to support the administrative costs of the statewide organization which is funded with four percent of the total grant award. With this action, the CACs will receive $401,500 from the general fund and $829,500 in TANF funds in fiscal year 2018. The general fund amount will enable CACs to continue matching VOCA funding and provide continued administrative support for the statewide organization.)