CWB Update - April 2018

Key Highlights This Month:  

  • Legislative session is in full swing.
    • MACSSA (Stearns and Hennepin) testified at the Human Services Reform Finance Committee on March 19 regarding CP Withholds and Hennepin County’s CWB model. 
    • MACSSA (Hennepin County-Jamie Halpern) testified on March 15 along with NAMI regarding HS 3134 which proposes to extend State IMD funding for children’s residential treatment.  The bill passed out of committee.  MACSSA (Hennepin-Jamie Halpern), NAMI and DHS (Matt Burdick) also testified on 3/26 regarding SF 2663 in the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.  Additional testimony was provided on April 11 on HS 3134 in Rep. Dean’s committee by Jamie Halpern. 
  • SAMHSA SOC Grant State Policy and Planning Group met on March 29.  There will be a “readiness packet” sent to county/tribal partners to prepare for an application in May regarding funding of pilot projects. Due date in June. 
  • The Foster Care Transportation Pilot-application was released and was due to MDE by April 20, 2018. 

Foster Care Transportation Pilot: Application Release

During the 2017 Minnesota legislative session, an appropriation of $1 million was made to establish afoster care transportation pilot project to provide reimbursement to eligible LEA/child welfare agency partnerships for qualifying transportation expenses at the end of the school year. In order to submit the application, please review the information sheet, and return the signature and assurances page along with a copy of the approved and enacted interagency transportation agreement to Beth Chaplin via email at: beth.chaplin@state.mn.usApplications must be submitted by April 10, 2018Applicants will receive notification of the receipt of the application, as well as when the application has been processed and approved.Application and instructions to participate in the pilot project.   For additional assistance with the application, please contact Beth Chaplin at:beth.chaplin@state.mn.us

  • Collaborative Safety Leadership Forums will start April 30.  12 counties will be participating (Olmsted, Beltrami, Kandiyohi, SWMHHS, Crow Wing, Kittson, St. Louis, Stearns, Washington, Polk, Pine and Scott).

Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:  

DHS will be requesting county representation on a work group to develop guidance for use of DOPAs and other options/alternatives to assure safety of children.  DHS Lead is Rebecca Wilcox.

New Trends in This Area:  

Issues/Concerns Regarding This Topic:  

DHS/MACSSA Fiscal Work Group continues to meet to look at trends in costs of services as well as the impact to counties of the Families First Act and IMD changes.  Amendments have moved forward to extend funding to 6/30/19 instead of 2022, which allows for additional legislation next session. 

CP Withhold bill is attached to several bills in the Senate but is meeting opposition in the house.

Legislative Impacts:  

  • NAMI bills presented to extend the state funding for anticipated loss of federal funding for children’s mental health treatment to 7-1-2021, SF 2663 (Relph) and HF 3134.
  • Families First Prevention Services Act:  still working with DHS to determine impact and next steps of the federal legislation.  DHS may be seeking county involvement.  NACo held a webinar on April 13 on this legislation (http://www.naco.org/events/family-first-prevention-services-act-your-county).
  • Bill regarding Recodification of 626.556 (child maltreatment act)—SF 2643 (Kresha)—DID NOT MOVE FORWARD.
  • Child Foster Care training requirements bill-- SF 2850 (Relph), HF 3265 (Kresha)
  • Child welfare workforce stability study & Child Welfare Training Academy—SF 2979 (Mathews)—House File is seeking funds from CP Withhold to fund the CW Training Academy.
  • Removal of the alternate funding of benefits for ages 0-6 in Northstar Care (HF 3289, SF 2910)—DID NOT MOVE FORWARD

Children’s School-Linked MN Grants proposed funding (HF 3378, SF 2815)

Supporting Materials:  

Federal Omnibus Spending Budget—budget information.  See Article and Spending Chart.
Preliminary Legislative Proposal on CP Response Timeframes and County Efforts to Meet Timeframes—Chris Kujava.  

Contact(s):  Suzanne Arntson/Brenda Mahoney

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