2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Plan for Effective Implementation of CSA (language only)

Item 293 #2h

Item 293 #2h

Health and Human Resources
Children's Services Act


Page 324, after line 6, insert:

"D.  The Office of Children's Services (OCS) shall develop and submit a plan to modify its staffing and operations to ensure effective local implementation of the Children's Services Act. The plan should detail how OCS will (i) regularly monitor local performance measures and child and family outcomes; (ii) use audit, performance, and outcomes data to identify local programs that need technical assistance; and (iii) work with local programs that are consistently underperforming to develop corrective action plans. The plan should include any new or different staff positions required, how those positions will be used to monitor and improve effectiveness, and the estimated cost of implementing these changes. The plan should be submitted to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees no later than November 1, 2021, in advance of the 2022 General Assembly session."


(This amendment adds language implementing recommendation number 15 from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report Review of the Children's Services Act and Private Special Education Day School Costs. JLARC also recommended that the General Assembly consider amending the Code of Virginia to grant OCS the responsibility and authority to regularly monitor local programs' performance, and work with local programs that underperform to strengthen their operations.)