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40000051 - Family Resource Centers
Data Current as of:  10/17/2014





Account Description FY2014
Spending
FY2015
GAA
4000-0051 Family Resource Centers
For the establishment and maintenance of a network of child and family service programs throughout the commonwealth, including family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200; provided, that the network may make use of existing family resource centers overseen by state agencies and other state supported entities to the extent that existing centers are able to: (i) provide a program consistent with the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; and (ii) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service and use of measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that not later than October 1, 2014, the executive office of health and human services shall report to the secretary of administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on the extent to which family resource centers in operation in fiscal year 2014 may be included in the implementation of chapter 240 of the acts 2012; provided further, that all family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200 shall be subject to a competitive selection process based on: (a) record of success in providing the services required by said section 16U of said chapter 6A; (b) demonstrated ability to gather data necessary to examine success in providing services; (c) use of evidence-based programing; and (d) willingness to participate in an independent evaluation of process and outcomes; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall report to the secretary of administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities within 30 days of awarding contracts to family resource centers under this item and item 4800-0200 detailing the family resource centers receiving contracts and the criteria used to select centers for contracting; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for an independent evaluation of the efficacy of the network of child and family service programs supported through this item and item 4800-0200 in meeting the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided further, that the evaluator shall be selected through a competitive process that prioritizes: (1) prior experience in evaluating the impact of child welfare intervention systems; (2) prior experience in field evaluation; and (3) demonstrated skill in using quantitative analysis relevant for program evaluation; provided further, that the evaluator shall provide biannual progress updates to the secretary for administration and finance, joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that the first biannual report shall detail the evaluation plan for each program, data required for analysis and outcomes measured and this report shall be filed not later than March 13, 2015; and provided further that said network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care, and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements of paragraph (ii) of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws
850,000 2,500,000