2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Plan to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect (language only)

Item 354 #7c

Item 354 #7c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services


Page 360, after line 36, insert:

"Q.  The Commissioner shall establish a five-year plan for the Commonwealth to prevent child abuse and neglect. In developing this plan, the Department shall collaborate with the Department for Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Department of Health, Department of Education, Family and Children's Trust and other relevant state agencies and stakeholders. This plan shall be focused on primary prevention, be trauma informed, include a public health framework on abuse prevention, promote positive youth development, and be asset and strength based. The plan shall reference and coordinate with any other state plans or programs that deal with issues related to child abuse prevention such as, but not limited to, teen pregnancy prevention, youth substance use, school dropout, domestic violence/family violence, and foster care prevention. The Commissioner shall convene a work group to assist with developing this plan. The workgroup shall include, but not be limited to, the following stakeholders: Families Forward Virginia, VOICES for Virginia's Children, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center. The Commissioner shall report the plan to the Governor and the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees, and the Commission on Youth by July 1, 2021."


(This amendment adds language requiring the Commissioner of Social Services to develop a five-year plan to prevent child abuse and neglect working with stakeholders. It requires a report to the Governor, the money committees and the Commission on Youth by July 1, 2021.)