What’s in it for kids?
Analysis of the proposed FY 2010Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) budget
The mayor’s proposed FY 2010 budget for the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is$284 million, 2.2% less than the FY 2009 approved budget of $290.6 million.
Changes made between the FY 2009 and proposed FY 2010 budget fall into one of three categories:baseline changes, efficiencies/cost savings and policy initiatives. Examples of the changes highlighted bythe budget chapter are listed here. The complete list of these changes is found on pages E-25 throughE-30 of the CFSA budget chapter.
Stimulus funds in the amount of $2.5 million to aid in the Medicaid billing challenge as well as sup-porting Medicaid-allowable work such as training for workers andfoster/adoptive parents and services for children and youth in fos-ter care.
An addition of one-time funding ($818,959) for thebuild-out costs of the new Youth Transition Center. The Center, amodel of a best practice in serving and empowering youth, is acollaborative effort involving CFSA, the Department of Employ-ment Services (DOES) and the Department of Youth RehabilitationServices (DYRS) “Case Management and Service Coalition pro-gram, which will provide case management services and conductYouth Family Team activities for 90 – 100 youth and their fami-lies.” (Children’s Budget, p. 16) The Center is being housed atthe Merritt school building. The space will also be home to CFSA’sOffice of Youth Development.
A $544,000 cut from the Community Based Programfor the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities CollaborativeCouncil. The remaining funding is to be dedicated to “focus ondocumentation, quality assurance, evaluation and training sup-ports to the Healthy Family/Thriving Communities Collabora-tives.” (p. E-26)
CFSA has allocated $246,000 for build-out costs as-sociated with the co-location of the Special Abuse Unit at the newDC Children’s Advocacy Center (Safe Shores, DCCAC) in BundySchool. This is a one-time allocation. Further, $350,000 in addi-tional funding will be directed to support the legally required Mul-tidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach managed by Safe Shores. Inthis way, the “District will continue its effort to become a model jurisdiction by expanding service capacity with construction of anew CAC location.” (Children’s Budget, pp. 14-15)
March 31, 2009
Go to budget.dc.gov, then toFiscal Year 2010. Next, clickon Volume 3 and go to docu-ment page 145 (E-17). Ad-ditional information is in Vol-ume 5, document page 175(E-15).
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