Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 1.15.2020. Public hearing scheduled in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.24.2020 at 8:00 a.m. Executive session scheduled in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.29.2020 at 1:30 p.m. Executive session in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.29.2020;. Substitute bill introduced and accepted. Passed out of committee unanimously. Referred to on Appropriations on 2.3.2020. Public hearing and executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.8.2020; passed 1st substitute bill proposed by Human Services & Early Learning. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.11.2020. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 2.12.2020. Passed by the House on 2.13.2020 (updated 2.14.2020)

Legislative Session

2020

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Rep Callan

Beginning September 1, 2020, the department shall implement and operate the Family Connections Program (FCP), which facilitates interaction between birth parents and caregivers. 

The FCP facilitates the support of a parent ally (for the birth parent), and a caregiver mentor (for the foster parent or kinship care provider). Further roles of the FCP are outlined and described. After one year, the department shall submit a report to the legislature that includes relevant data, outcomes of families who engaged, and the department’s plan for state-wide expansion. Previous language is updated to include the title of “parent ally”.

Amendments:

1st substitute:

Adds language stating that any funding for the family connections program must supplement not supplant funding for represented caseworkers.

 

Companion Bill