Relates to reimbursement criteria for child care absences.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to reimbursement for child care absences
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure child care providers receive reimbursement adequate to maintain a stable business.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one would require that local social services districts make payments to providers for at least 12 absences in a 6 month period. OCFS would define the maximum number of absences allowed for reimbursement, which would not be less than 24 absences in a 6 month period, unless extenuating circumstances exist.
Section three of the bill would set an effective date of April 1, 2014.
JUSTIFICATION: Local social services districts can opt to withhold a portion of subsidy reimbursement from a provider for days in which a child is absent from care. While state regulations allow up to 12 days in absences for each child in any one calendar month, most if not all of these counties choose not to pay providers when children do not attend. This creates fiscal uncertainty for many providers, leading to difficulty with staff retention and optimal quality care. Therefore, this bill would require local social services districts to pay for at least 6 absences in order to maintain stability among child care programs.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2014
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6819 IN SENATE March 13, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to reimbursement for child care absences THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 410-x of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows: 9. REIMBURSEMENT FOR PAYMENT ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN WHO ARE TEMPORARILY ABSENT FROM CHILD CARE IS REQUIRED FOR A MINIMUM OF TWELVE DAYS IN A SIX MONTH PERIOD. A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ABSENCES, WHICH SHALL BE NO LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR DAYS IN A SIX MONTH PERIOD SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION. REIMBURSEMENT FOR ADDITIONAL ABSENCES SHALL BE ALLOWABLE IN THE CASE OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES, AS DETERMINED BY THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION. S 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2014.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14187-02-4