1998 Session

Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

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Department of Social Services

Item 401

Item 401

First Year - FY1999Second Year - FY2000
Financial Assistance to Local Welfare/Social Service Boards for Administration of Benefit Programs (46000)$118,465,073$118,465,073
Benefit Programs Administration (46003)FY1999 $118,465,073FY2000 $118,465,073
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY1999 $38,468,471FY2000 $38,468,471
Federal TrustFY1999 $79,996,602FY2000 $79,996,602

Authority: Title 63.1, Chapters 1, 6, 6.2, 6.5, 13 and 14, Code of Virginia; P.L. 104-193, Federal Code, as amended.

A. The amount for Benefit Programs Administration, including the Food Stamp program, shall be expended under regulations of the Board of Social Services to reimburse county and city welfare/social services boards pursuant to § 63.1-92, Code of Virginia, and subject to the same percentage limitations for other administrative services performed by county and city public welfare/social services boards and superintendents of public welfare/social services pursuant to other provisions of the Code of Virginia, as amended.

B. Pursuant to the provisions of §§ 63.1-93, 63.1-96, 63.1-96.1, 63.1-98, 63.1-99.1, 63.1-122 and 63.1-123, Code of Virginia, all monies deducted from funds otherwise payable out of the state treasury to the counties and cities pursuant to the provisions of §§ 63.1-122 and 63.1-123, Code of Virginia, shall be credited to the applicable general fund account.

C. Out of the federal fund appropriation for Benefit Programs Administration, up to $10,000,000 the first year and $10,000,000 the second year shall be set aside for allowable local salary costs which exceed available general fund reimbursement and up to $4,000,000 the first year and $4,000,000 the second year shall be set aside to reimburse local governments for allowable costs incurred in administering public assistance programs.

D. Included in this appropriation are funds to reimburse local social service agencies for eligibility workers who interview applicants to determine qualification for public assistance benefits which include but are not limited to: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Food Stamps; and Medicaid.

E. Out of the appropriations for this item, the Department is directed to allocate at least 7.5 percent of all federal low-income fuel assistance program funding made available to the Commonwealth to low-income weatherization assistance programs, to the extent such allocation is permitted by federal law. In addition to the allocated funds, the Department shall reinstitute within the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program the emergency heating repair and replacement program previously contracted with the Virginia Weatherization Program.