2018 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Barker
Incentive for Evidenced-Based Practices (language only)

Item 282 #5s

Item 282 #5s

Health and Human Resources
Children's Services Act


Page 240, after line 47, insert:

"N.  Effective January 1, 2019 there shall be a 50 percent reduction in local match for children eligible for CSA funding and identified as non-sum sufficient and receiving evidence based services. By July 1, 2018, the Office of Comprehensive Services shall work with stakeholders to develop guidelines and reporting requirements to train local government and other stakeholders in the desired array of programs and establish reporting requirements to monitor this initiative. The Office of Comprehensive Services shall use the Virginia Commission on Youth "Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs" as a reference for establishing guidelines for the use of evidence-based practices."


(This amendment reduces the local match for Children's Services Act services if evidence-based practices are used in order to increase the utlization of evidence based programs. The use of evidence based services will decrease overall costs by allowing localities to develop and utilize effective alternatives to placement. Localities would only be granted access to these funds with no local match requirements if they used the funds to purchase from a specified list of evidence-based services that have been carefully researched to demonstrate their effectiveness in attaining desired outcomes including reductions in the youth's progression to more restrictive, costly placements such as commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice, residential psychiatric placements, or other negative outcomes such as school failure and drop out.)