2020 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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Kinship Navigator Program Plan (language only)

Item 354 #2s

Item 354 #2s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services


Page 360, after line 36, insert:

"Q. The Department of Social Services shall develop a plan to provide access statewide to a Kinship Navigator Program which will provide services to kinship caregivers who are having trouble finding assistance for their unique needs and to help these caregivers navigate their locality's service system, as well as federal and state benefits."


(This amendment directs the Department of Social Services to develop a plan to provide access statewide to a Kinship Navigator Program. Many kinship caregivers raise children without the supports and case management provided by local department of social services staff to children in foster care. A kinship navigator offers supports to kinship caregivers to assess needs and arrange necessary services to provide support, education, and information to caregivers to ensure that all of the kinship caregivers are aware of and have access to supportive services, such as financial benefits, therapeutic services, and training. Similar to other states, a statewide kinship navigator program would likely operate and maintain an informational and referral “warm-line”, a website providing information on how to apply for benefits, including legal aid and fact sheets, and maintain a referral network in which to refer kinship caregivers to local programs in their respective localities. Currently, there are six regional kinship navigator programs that serve 33 percent of local departments of social services.)