HCS HB 1962, 1943, 1425 & 1419 -- FOSTER CARE REIMBURSEMENT
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Children,
Youth and Families by a vote of 14 to 2 with 3 present.
This substitute incrementally increases the reimbursement rate
for the cost of foster care over a 3-year period until the rate
equals or exceeds the foster care rates established by the
United States Department of Agriculture, beginning in the 2002
fiscal year. The substitute also adds jail or detention center
personnel, as defined, to the list of persons and professionals
who are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
The substitute authorizes counties to establish children's
services councils, which will assess children's needs and
provide grants for services to address those needs. The
substitute also establishes the Missouri CASA Fund in the state
treasury, to be funded by unclaimed lottery prize moneys. The
State Courts Administrator will administer and disburse the
FISCAL NOTE: Estimated Cost to General Revenue Fund of $0 in FY
2001, and $9,301,555 in FY 2002 and FY 2003 subject to
appropriation. Estimated Net Effect on Missouri CASA Fund of $0
in FY 2001, FY 2002, and FY 2003.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that increasing the reimbursement
rate for foster care is absolutely necessary to attract and
maintain sufficient numbers of caring and able foster parents.
Testifying for HB 1962 were Representative Dougherty; Nathan
Curry; Susan Weishaar; Missouri Foster Care and Adoption
Association; The Salvation Army Hope Center for Children;
Citizens for Missouri's Children; Jackson County Foster Parent
Association; and Michelle Winberry. Testifying for HB 1943 was
Representative Schilling. Testifying for HB 1425 was
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Julie Jinkens McNitt, Legislative Analyst
HB 1962 -- Foster Care Reimbursement
Co-Sponsors: Dougherty, Troupe, Berkowitz, Holand, Reinhart,
Kelley (47), Murray
This bill incrementally increases the reimbursement rate for the
cost of foster care over a 5-year period until the rate equals
the minimum rate used for housing minimum security prisoners,
beginning in the 2002 fiscal year.
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