2022 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Favola
Foster Care Driver's License Program

Item 345 #7s

Item 345 #7s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2023 $200,000 FY2024 $200,000 GF

Page 381, line 22, strike "$302,951,205" and insert "$303,151,205".
Page 381, line 22, strike "$311,135,997" and insert "$311,335,997".

Page 383, after line 53, insert:

"S. The Department of Social Services shall develop and implement a statewide driver's licensing program to support foster care youth in obtaining a driver's license. Funding shall be made available to local departments of social services to reimburse foster care providers for increases to their existing motor vehicle insurance premiums that occur because a foster care youth in their care has been added to their insurance policy. The program may also reimburse foster care providers for additional coverage (i.e., an umbrella policy or the equivalent) that provides liability protection should a foster care youth get into or cause a catastrophic accident. Additionally, funding shall be made available to foster care youth in Virginia's Fostering Futures Program to assist in covering the cost of obtaining motor vehicle insurance. The department shall develop reimbursement policies for foster care providers and foster care youth. The department shall coordinate and administer the driver's licensing program based on best practices from similar programs in other states, to include developing educational or training materials that educate foster parents, private providers, and foster youth about: (i) liability issues, insurance laws, and common insurance practices (to include laws about renewal and cancellation, how long an accident can affect premiums, how to establish that a foster youth is no longer living in the residence, and other applicable topics); (ii) DMV requirements to obtain a learner's permit and driver's license; (iii) what funding and resources are available to assist in this process, to include paying school lab fees for “Behind the Wheel” or paying a private driving education company; and (iv) why getting a driver's license on time is important for normalcy and a successful transition to adulthood. The department shall provide information on how many foster care youth were supported by this program and any recommendations to improve the program to the Governor and Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by November 30 each fiscal year."


(This amendment provides the Department of Social Services $200,000 from the general fund each year to develop and implement and statewide driver's license program to support foster care youth in obtaining a driver's license. This is a recommendation of the Virginia Commission on Youth.)