Daily Update July 3, 2018

US Senate and House Appropriations update


The US Senate Appropriations Committee presented to the Senate on June 28 its report, S. Rept. 115-289 on S. 3158 — the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2019. The bill was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar  No. 497.  Proposed funding includes:

  • CAPTA Plans of Safe Care state grants  $85 million
  • Adoption-Kinship Incentive $75 million 
  • Regional Partnership Grants (RPGs) —  additional $20 million for the for expanded substance abuse treatment (addition to the fixed $20 million in RPGs that are embedded into the Promoting Safe and Stable Families block grant).
  • Kinship Navigator programs  $20 million

The committee recommendation encourages  agencies funded in the bill "... to enhance coordination on activities that address child trauma, and to disseminate and promote through grant awards best practices for identifying, referring, and supporting children exposed to trauma."

Also, referenced in the bill are Family-focused residential treatment programs, which are "... are trauma-informed residential programs primarily for substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and postpartum women and parents and guardians that allow children to reside with their mothers, parents, or guardians during treatment to the extent appropriate and applicable." The bill further notes that "This funding will help build the evidence-base of what works in anticipation of the availability of mandatory funding for similar activities under the Family First Prevention and Services Act."

The Senate also approved on June 28 a bipartisan Farm Bill (S. 3042) which reauthorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senate’s bill protects SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. The Senate bill must now be reconciled with the Farm Bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 2). which would impose more rigid work requirements. Read more from the Children's Defense Fund.

The US House Appropriations Committee on June 13, 2018 released its report on  the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, 2019.  Anticipation is that the House will act on their bill when they return in July. Recommendations include CAPTA state grants at $85 million and Adoption-Kinship Incentives Fund at $80 million. The House proposal drops the temporary increase in funding of $20 million for RPGs and the $20 million that was provided to states for Kinship Navigator programs. Read more from CWLA. 

2018 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 17-19, 2018
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