Requires local social services districts to obtain approval by the governing body of such district prior to applying to the office to amend the consolidated services plan.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring local social services districts to obtain approval by the governing body of such district prior to applying to the department to amend the consolidated services plan
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend the Social Services Law to require local social services district to obtain approval of their local governing body prior to submitting an application to amend their Consolidated Services Plan to the Department of Social Services if such amendment reduces the availability or increases the cost of subsidized child care.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 34-a of the social services law by adding a new paragraph expressly requiring governing body approval prior to submission of a plan limiting the availability of increasing the cost of child care.
JUSTIFICATION: At the start of each fiscal year, counties determine the extent and amount of child care subsidy and the extent of any co-pay required for eligible low income parents based of county budget, approved by the Board of Legislators and signed by the Executive. However, under current law, and under the perfunctory review process applied by the Department, counties can reduce eligibility and increase child care fees during the course of the fiscal year, without the approval of the governing board, simply by filing an application for modification of their consolidated services plan with the Department of Social Services. As a result, although there may be sufficient resources to continue to provide the subsidy enacted in the budget, counties are unilaterally reducing subsidizes and restricting eligibility to critical child care services without the review of and approval by the governing body. This bill would require that before such approval is granted by the Department the governing body of such municipality, such as the Board of Legislators, must approve the application after public notice and hearing.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013- New Bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4117 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 8, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring local social services districts to obtain approval by the governing body of such district prior to applying to the department to amend the consol- idated services plan THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 34-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows: 9. AN APPLICATION BY A LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT TO AMEND ITS CONSOLIDATED SERVICES PLAN, SUBMIT AN ANNUAL PLAN UPDATE, OR SEEK APPROVAL FOR ANY ACTION WHICH WOULD REDUCE THE AVAILABILITY OF CHILD CARE SERVICES, LOWER ELIGIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES, OR MODIFY THE CO-PAYMENT STRUCTURE SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT UNLESS SUCH APPLICATION IS ACCOMPANIED BY PROOF THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF SUCH DISTRICT HAS APPROVED THE APPLICATION AFTER PUBLIC NOTICE AND HEARING. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08506-01-3