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Bill Detail: SB21-277

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Title Child Welfare Services Allocation Formula
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (05/18/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
House Committee Appropriations
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 05/18/2021
Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill requires the state department
of human services (state department), beginning in state fiscal year
2024-25, to use the child welfare allocations funding model (funding
model) to determine the capped and targeted allocations for child welfare
services and the funding required for adoption and relative guardianship

subsidies, the independent living program, additional county child welfare
staff, and family and children's programs.
The funding model determines the appropriate level of funding
required to fully meet all state and federal requirements concerning the
comprehensive delivery of child welfare services. The bill clarifies what
must be included in the funding model and requires the state department
and the child welfare allocations committee to annually submit a report
on the funding model to the joint budget committee.
The department is required to enter into a 3-year agreement with
an outside entity to annually modify the funding model based on
recommendations from the child welfare allocations committee and
evaluations and deliver the results of the model each year. The bill
requires a child welfare workload study to inform the funding model. To
maintain the integrity of the data used in the funding model, the child
welfare allocations committee shall annually examine county practices
regarding data collection and financial management, an evaluation group
annually evaluates the funding model, and, every 3 years, an outside
evaluating entity conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the
implementation of the funding model.

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