2023 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Head
Funding for Child Advocacy Centers

Item 347 #1h

Item 347 #1h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2023 $0 FY2024 $1,200,000 NGF

Page 435, line 8, strike "$62,900,789" and insert "$64,100,789".

Page 436, line 29, after "H." insert "1."

Page 436, line 30, strike the second "$2,136,500" and insert "$2,586,500".

Page 436, after line 47, insert:

"2. In additional to the amounts provided in H.1., $750,000 the second year from the TANF block grant shall be used to provide for expanded CAC capacity to offer contracted services to children and families in areas where a CAC is not currently available within an hour's drive. These funds shall be utilized to open new locations, either standalone centers or satellite locations and provide at a minimum one full-time forensic interviewer; one full-time child/family advocate; one full-time director; and one part-time administrator."  


(This amendment adds $450,000 from the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant to support existing Child Advocacy Centers (CACs), which are facing a 10 percent reduction in funding from the federal Victims of Crime Act. The amendment also adds $750,000 from the TANF block grant the second year to establish new centers, either standalone or satellite centers to meet the needs of children not currently served. Currently CACs serve almost 6,000 children and families and cover 82 percent of the state. The new funding will assist in providing statewide coverage so that every child and famiy would have a CAC within a one-hour drive.)