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 office to amend the consolidated services plan
This bill would provide that before a county submit a consolidated plan amendment which includes provisions to reduce or limit child care availability or subsidy to the Office of Children and Family Services, it must first obtain the approval of the county's governing body.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one would amend Section 34-a of the social services law to require that an application by a local services district to alter its plans and provisions for subsidized child care, which would reduce the availability of child care services, lower eligibility for child care subsides, or modify the co-payment structure, will not be considered by the office until it is provided proof that the governing body of the county has approved the application after public notice and hearing.
Section 2 sets out the effective date.
Some counties restrict child care and limit availability of child care subsides even when their County Legislature has expressly authorized funding for these services. In these cases, the counties have received approval from the Office of Children and Family Services for amended consolidated services plan which limited child care services and increased the co-pay on subsidized child care in the middle of the county's fiscal year, even though the county Board of Legislators had approved a fiscal year budget which allocated funds for these subsidies. This bill would correct that deficiency by requiring that prior to submission of an amended consolidated service plan to reduce eligibility or increase co-payments for subsidized child care, the county's governing body must approve the application after a public hearing.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2013 - New Bill
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4117--A 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 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee 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 office 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 OFFICE 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. LBD08506-03-3