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New Business   Item #: I.
FY 2020 Comprehensive Services Act Fund Appropriation
Earl B. Reynolds, Jr.
First Reading: 09/03/2019
Final Adoption: 09/17/2019
The Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) was enacted in Fiscal Year 1994, by the Virginia General Assembly, for the purpose of eliminating duplication of services for at-risk children and families. Whenever possible, CSA services must be child specific and community based. Services may be residential or non-residential, private or public, and must be responsive to the child's unique needs and culture. These services may currently exist within the public agencies, such as mental health, social services, education, and court services, or may be available privately. Examples include, but are not limited to: substance abuse counseling, respite care, psychological evaluations, transportation services, home-based therapy, family counseling, parent training, therapeutic foster care, job coaching, after school care, recreation, and housing assistance. In January 2013, the City began operating its own Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT). This resulted from the request of Pittsylvania County to dissolve the joint Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Policy and Management Board (CPMB). A full time person has been hired under the Division of Social Services to coordinate the City only program. There has been no increased administrative cost to the City as the administration funds that were being paid to Pittsylvania County are now being used to support the City only program.
Daily, the schools, social services and court service units are faced with a number of societal issues, such as locating services for abused, neglected, delinquent and special services children with significant mental and physical health impairments. In addition, these organizations work with children with behavioral problems that require specialized placements for treatment, truancy, and children whose disabilities are so severe they are unable to function within the community. These disabilities and behavioral issues include, but are not limited to: Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sexual Reactive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, Conduct Disorder, Attachment Disorder, and Mental Retardation. The overall focus of CSA continues to be servicing at-risk children and families. Great strides have been made in bringing additional resources for services to the community. Service providers are meeting the increased demand for specialized programs while trying to manage the costs of such programs. The community partners continue to be faced with younger children whose disabilities are so severe that often times the children cannot be treated locally. The agencies that serve on the CPMT explore all options to provide for the needs of Danville’s families and children by utilizing cost effective measures to reduce expenditures to the locality. These measures include using Medicaid vendors, when appropriate, reviewing progress reports prior to authorizing additional service units, when feasible, and reviewing eligibility for IV-E funding which reimburses the locality 100% of allowable costs.
It is recommended that the City Council adopt the attached Ordinance which will approve FY 2020 state and local funding for the CSA program. The required local match is included in the adopted FY 2020 City of Danville Budget.
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