|Passed by the House March 5, 2012|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 1, 2012
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2263 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||62nd Legislature||2012 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/07/12.
AN ACT Relating to reinvesting savings resulting from improved outcomes in the child welfare system; adding a new section to chapter 74.13 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 43.135 RCW; adding new sections to chapter 43.131 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an effective date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 (1) The legislature finds that the federal
child and family services improvement and innovation act provides an
important new opportunity for Washington state to flexibly use federal
funding, traditionally limited to foster care, to achieve the following
outcomes: Increase permanency for all infants, children, and youth by
reducing the time spent in foster care placements when possible and
promoting a successful transition to adulthood for older youth;
increase the positive outcomes for infants, children, youth, and
families in their homes and communities, including tribal communities;
improve the safety and well-being of infants, children, and youth; and
prevent child abuse and neglect and the reentry of infants, children,
and youth into foster care.
(2) The legislature finds that the licensed out-of-home foster care caseload has declined by eighteen percent from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2011. The legislature further finds that under the current system, as caseloads decline, fewer state and federal funds are available in the child welfare budget for prevention and reunification services to continue improving outcomes.
(3) The legislature recognizes the need to reinvest savings related to foster care caseload reductions into effective efforts that improve outcomes. The legislature intends to maximize limited resources by continuing to focus on efforts to improve child safety, child permanency, and child well-being in Washington state.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 74.13 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) The child and family reinvestment account is created in the state treasury. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation. Moneys in the account may be expended solely for improving outcomes related to: (a) Safely reducing entry into the foster care system and preventing reentry; (b) safely increasing reunifications; (c) achieving permanency for children unable to be reunified; and (d) improving outcomes for youth who will age out of the foster care system. Moneys may be expended for shared savings under performance-based contracts.
(2) Revenues to the child and family reinvestment account consist of: (a) Savings to the state general fund resulting from reductions in foster care caseloads and per capita costs, as calculated and transferred into the account under this section; and (b) any other public or private funds appropriated to or deposited in the account.
(3)(a) The department of social and health services, in collaboration with the office of financial management and the caseload forecast council, shall develop a methodology for calculating the savings under this section. The methodology must be used for the 2013-2015 fiscal biennium, and for each biennium thereafter. The methodology must establish a baseline for calculating savings. In developing the methodology, the department of social and health services shall incorporate the relevant requirements of any demonstration waiver granted to the state under P.L. 112-34. The savings must be based on actual caseload and per capita expenditures. By December 1, 2012, the department of social and health services shall submit the proposed methodology to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature. The methodology is deemed approved unless the legislature enacts legislation to modify or reject the methodology.
(b) The department of social and health services shall use the methodology established in (a) of this subsection to calculate savings to the state general fund for transfer into the child and family reinvestment account in fiscal year 2014 and each fiscal year thereafter. Savings calculated by the department under this section are not subject to RCW 43.79.460. The department shall report the amount of the state general fund savings achieved to the office of financial management and the fiscal committees of the legislature at the end of each fiscal year. The office of financial management shall provide notice to the state treasurer of the amount of state general fund savings, as calculated by the department of social and health services, for transfer into the child and family reinvestment account.
(c) Nothing in this section prohibits (i) the caseload forecast council from forecasting the foster care caseload under RCW 43.88C.010 or (ii) the department from including maintenance funding in its budget submittal for caseload costs that exceed the baseline established in (a) of this subsection.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 A new section is added to chapter 43.135 RCW
to read as follows:
RCW 43.135.034(4) does not apply to the transfer established under section 2 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 A new section is added to chapter 43.131 RCW
to read as follows:
The child and family reinvestment account and methodology for calculating savings as established under this act shall be terminated on June 30, 2018, as provided in section 5 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5 A new section is added to chapter 43.131 RCW
to read as follows:
The following acts or parts of acts, as now existing or hereafter amended, are each repealed, effective June 30, 2019:
(1) Section 1 of this act;
(2) Section 2 of this act; and
(3) Section 3 of this act.