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A10274 Summary:

BILL NOA10274
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRules (Hevesi)
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §394, Soc Serv L; add §97-aaaa, St Fin L
 
Establishes the child and family wellbeing program and fund for the distribution of grants to eligible nonprofit community-based providers to respond to children's and families' needs in communities.
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A10274 Actions:

BILL NOA10274
 
05/13/2022referred to children and families
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A10274 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10274
 
SPONSOR: Rules (Hevesi)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing the child and family wellbeing program; to amend the state finance law, in relation to the child and family wellbeing fund; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OR BILL: The purpose of the bill is to better respond to needs of children and families in communities with the highest levels of child protective involvement.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: : Section 1 of the bill amends the social services law by adding a new section 394 to establish a child and family wellbeing program overseen by an advisory board which shall disburse grants to eligible nonprofit community-based organizations and provide technical assistance. Section 2 of the bill amends the state finance law by adding a new section 97-aaaa to establish a special revenue fund for this purpose. Section 3 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The Child and Family Wellbeing Fund will create a flexible and innova- tive statewide funding program to support local efforts led by smaller nonprofit community based providers to better respond to the needs of children and families in communities, with avenues for community input and accountability. The fund will be overseen by a diverse advisory board which shall include individuals with personal experience with child welfare and other public systems. The fund will focus on primary prevention and resources for families in communities with the highest levels of child protective involvement in each region.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2023 and shall expire and be deemed repealed January 1, 2028.
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A10274 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          10274
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 13, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Hevesi) --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Children and Families
 
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing the
          child and family wellbeing program; to amend the state finance law, in
          relation to the child and family wellbeing fund; and providing for the
          repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
     2  394 to read as follows:
     3    § 394. The child and family wellbeing program. 1. The child and family
     4  wellbeing program is hereby established as a flexible innovative  state-
     5  wide  funding  program to support local efforts led by smaller nonprofit
     6  community-based providers to respond to children's and  families'  needs
     7  in communities, with avenues for community input and accountability. The
     8  program  shall  focus  on  funding  primary prevention and resources for
     9  families in communities with the  highest  levels  of  child  protective
    10  involvement in each region.
    11    2. The program shall be overseen by an advisory board made up of eight
    12  members  to  be  appointed  by the commissioner, consisting of a diverse
    13  group of people with policy  expertise  in  children  and  families  and
    14  people  with  personal  experience  in  child  welfare  and other public
    15  systems. One board member shall serve as a  full-time  director,  to  be
    16  determined by the commissioner.
    17    3.  The  board  shall disburse grants to eligible nonprofit community-
    18  based providers from the child and  family  wellbeing  fund  established
    19  pursuant to section ninety-seven-aaaa of the state finance law.
    20    4.  The board shall determine criteria to provide technical assistance
    21  to small nonprofit community-based providers in order to  diversify  and
    22  strengthen  the  array  of  organizations  that  can support families in
    23  communities with the highest levels  of  child  protective  involvement,
    24  including:
    25    (a)  Developing  a  concept  paper  through  a process designed to (i)
    26  ensure that smaller nonprofit community-based providers groups in commu-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15687-01-2

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     1  nities with the highest levels of child protective involvement are aware
     2  of this program, (ii) elicit guidance from  both  community  groups  and
     3  state  and  local  agencies to direct resources to communities with weak
     4  grassroots  infrastructure  around  family life and to address community
     5  and family issues that are implicated in local child protective involve-
     6  ment, and (iii) ensure that the child and family wellbeing fund's capac-
     7  ity-building and learning design will address needs.
     8    (b) Disbursing grants of  twenty  thousand  to  two  hundred  thousand
     9  dollars  to  small  nonprofit  community-based  providers  that increase
    10  access to existing resources;
    11    (c) Establish  four  regional  backbone  nonprofit  partners  to  work
    12  increase  community capacity through investment in technical assistance,
    13  capacity-building, evaluation and facilitation of a community  of  prac-
    14  tice  among  grantees  and  build  a  format  for  local input on grants
    15  distributed by the child and family wellbeing fund; and
    16    (d) Produce annual public reports to  the  legislature  that  identify
    17  recommendations for broad structural realignments and investments at the
    18  state  and county level to increase capacities of grassroots, community-
    19  led organizations around its public health strategy for  family  wellbe-
    20  ing.
    21    5. For purposes of this section:
    22    (a)  "Communities with the highest levels of child protective involve-
    23  ment" shall mean communities with zip codes with  the  highest  investi-
    24  gation and child removal rates.
    25    (b)  "Smaller  nonprofit  community-based  providers" shall mean local
    26  organizations with budgets under two million dollars annually who  offer
    27  voluntary  networks of care through services or resources to families or
    28  parents that are not duplicative  of  existing  funding  streams  around
    29  prevention  services, mental health, and/or that enhance the capacity of
    30  a community to access existing resources, such  as  through  transporta-
    31  tion,  cash  resources, peer navigators, home-based supports, or opening
    32  of a satellite site; that affirmatively address  local  racial  dispari-
    33  ties;  community-based  organizations with a record of providing quality
    34  services to children and families  in  such  communities,  including  by
    35  families  impacted  by  child  protective  services; have a demonstrated
    36  capacity to voluntarily engage families; and have developed  a  proposal
    37  to  meet  specific local needs associated with child protective involve-
    38  ment.
    39    (c) "Regional backbone organization" shall mean  one  of  up  to  four
    40  nonprofit organizations to act as regional coordinators of the child and
    41  family  wellbeing  fund  working  to increase community capacity through
    42  investment in technical assistance,  capacity-building,  evaluation  and
    43  facilitation  of  a  community  of  practice  among grantees and build a
    44  format for local input on grants distributed by  the  child  and  family
    45  wellbeing  fund.  The  regional  backbone  organization  shall  not have
    46  concurrent service contracts with local departments of  social  services
    47  within their region.
    48    6.  The board shall annually report to the legislature on the progress
    49  of the child and family wellbeing program and  disbursements  under  the
    50  child and family wellbeing fund.
    51    §  2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 97-aaaa
    52  to read as follows:
    53    § 97-aaaa. Child and family wellbeing fund. 1. There is hereby  estab-
    54  lished in the joint custody of the state comptroller and the commission-
    55  er  of  taxation  and  finance a special revenue fund to be known as the
    56  child and family wellbeing fund.

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     1    2. The child and family wellbeing fund shall consist of moneys  appro-
     2  priated, credited or transferred thereto from any other fund or source.
     3    3.  Moneys of the child and family wellbeing fund, following appropri-
     4  ation by the legislature and allocation by the director of  the  budget,
     5  shall  be  made available to the advisory board for the child and family
     6  wellbeing program for grants to nonprofit community-based  providers  to
     7  respond  to  children's  and  families'  needs in certain communities as
     8  established by section three hundred ninety-four of the social  services
     9  law.
    10    4. The advisory board for the child and family wellbeing program shall
    11  submit  a  report to the governor and the legislature by January thirty-
    12  first, two thousand twenty-four and annually  thereafter  detailing  all
    13  expenditures  made  from  the child and family wellbeing fund during the
    14  previous year.
    15    § 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2023 and shall  expire  and
    16  be deemed repealed January 1, 2028. Effective immediately, the addition,
    17  amendment  and/or  repeal  of  any  rule or regulation necessary for the
    18  implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized  to  be
    19  made and completed on or before such effective date.
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