2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Community Services Board Workforce Development

Item 295 #2c

Item 295 #2c

First Year - FY2025 Second Year - FY2026
Health and Human Resources
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services FY2025 $7,500,000 FY2026 $7,500,000 GF

Page 357, line 38, strike "$165,896,756" and insert "$173,396,756".
Page 357, line 38, strike "$155,176,756" and insert "$162,676,756".

Page 362, after line 44, insert:

"OO.1. Out of this appropriation, $7,500,000 the first year and $7,500,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided to grow the Virginia Community Services Board (CSB) workforce.  The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) shall allocate the funding based on the size of the CSB or behavioral health authority's workforce. The funding may be used to support paid internships and scholarship opportunities for students or staff earning behavioral health or other relevant certifications and degrees at two- and four-year colleges and universities and other educational career development settings, to cover clinical supervision hours, for reimbursement for the costs of obtaining licenses, certification, and exams necessary for employment in relevant careers, to provide loan repayment, and other initiatives that may assist in growing the the CSB workforce.  

2. Each CSB or behavioral health authority shall submit a plan by August 1, 2024, detailing the strategies and associated costs on how they would use their allocated funds to support and grow their own workforce. DBHDS shall review and ensure that the plans are reasonable and consistent with the requirements of paragraph OO.1. and will assist in efforts to grow the CSB's workforce.  The department shall distribute the funding by no later than October 1, 2024.  Based on the submitted plans, the department is authorized to transfer an amount necessary to cover loan repayment proposals that would otherwise be provided through the state's Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program, if such program has insufficient funds to cover the loan repayment costs submitted in the CSBs' plans.  The Department of Planning and Budget is authorized to transfer appropriation from this Item if DBHDS has indicated such transfer would be necessary to ensure the loan repayment proposals are funded through the Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program."


(This amendment provides $7.5 million from the general fund each year to support efforts to grow the Community Services Board workforce. The funding will act as a mechanism for recruitment and retention in the short term as well as to develop a pipeline for staff at all levels.)