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Answer. In FY 1992 Budget Request, the Office of Human Development Services (HDS) has requested additional funds in the Program Direction account to hire an additional 115 FTE. If this request is approved, each of the four Program Administrations in HDS, including ANA, would receive additional staffing resources. Therefore, ANA would have the opportunity to hire staff from the outside and bring a fresh perspective to the agency.
Question. What steps are being taken to coordinate funding for economic development with other programs that have setasides for "Native Americans," such as elderly nutrition and supportive services, education and health programs ?
Answer. The Commissioner of ANA is a member of a permanent Task Force on older Americans which was established by Section 134 of the older Americans Act Amendments of 1987, Public Law 100-175. This Task Force, composed of representatives from approximately 17 agencies, is responsible for improving the coordination of services to older Indians.
In addition to its input on the Task Force, ANA is currently exploring the possibility of establishing an economic development initiative pertaining to job training, in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior.
University Affiliated Program
Question. How much funding is required to have a training grant at each University Affiliated Program?
Answer. Currently, there are 50 University Affiliated Programs (UAPs). If each UAP were awarded a training initiative project that was funded at a level of $90,000, the total funding cost would be $4,500,000 per year.
The ADD funded 33 training initiative projects in FY 90 to University Affiliated Programs to support training projects in the areas of early intervention, programs for elderly persons with developmental disabilities, and community-based programs (training paraprofessional direct care staff).
Question. How many states have University Affiliated Programs, and how many states have expressed an interest in making application for UAP?
Answer. There are 43 states and the District of Columbia that have UAP.. of the remaining 13 eligible States and Territories, all have expressed interest in making an application for the UAP Expansion Program.
The ADD will publish a program announcement in the Federal Register this spring to announce that applications are being accepted in from universities in the 13 eligible States, Territories and Insular Areas for the FY 1991 UAP Expansion Program. These applications are for the purpose of establishing new University Affiliated Programs or satellite centers, or for conducting feasibility studies leading to the establishment of University
Affiliated Programs or satellite centers.
The eligible States,
Question: To what extent is AOA focusing on privatel public sector partnerships, i e., in Title IV, what impact is private/ public sector partnerships having on traditional research, demonstration and training programs?
Answer: AOA is placing heavy emphasis on the promotion of private/public sector partnerships to enhance the availability of resources and to generate new resources to assist the elderly in their efforts to live independently and with dignity in their later years. While government programs continue to provide support for the elderly, the rapid growth of the aging population presents a strong challenge to develop additional resources to meet the present and future needs of America's elderly.
In 1990, AOA invested over $3.5 million to promote private/public sector partnerships through the funding of projects that will (1) design and develop new and innovative collaborative programs between the public and the private sectors and (2)
stimulate training and technical assistance within the AoA network to strengthen collaboration skills.
(1) Collaborative programs between the public and the private
sectors are needed to increase the availability of resources to meet the needs of older persons in such areas as health, housing, employment, and access to community-based
supportive services.. As with other collaborative projects one important outcome has to be that the private community will gain a better understanding of the needs and issues facing the elderly.
(2) Training and technical assistance materials are being
developed to provide approaches, techniques, and models for
In 1991, AOA will incorporate private/public sector partnernships as a major part of its National Eldercare Campaign. In that regard, AOA intends to support the establishment of a number of National Eldercare Institutes, among them Institutes on Business and Aging, on Employment and volunteerism, and on Human Resources Development.
Question. The Congress provided $520.9 million in funding for prior year claims under the foster care program. How much of that money has been paid to the states? Please provide a list, by state, of the amount of the claims and the amount paid and when paid.
Answer. On March 8, 1991 we awarded $317 million in payment of FY 1989 claims. Enclosed is a list of the undisbuted claims above amounts previouly paid. The amount paid is equal to that amount. The additional amounts owed states for FY 1990 have not yet been completed, since the calculation and preparation of the awards is a lengthy and complicated process.
FOSTER CARE/LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL
Question. The budget indicates that a legislative proposal will be sent forward at a later date to preclude preplacement services as a reimbursable under title IV-E administrative costs. Provide for the record your definition of preplacement services.
Answer. We are developing the details of the legislative proposal and will include language in the legislative proposal to clarify what costs are reimbursable administrative costs prior to placement,
Question. What other types of federal programs/dollars are used by the states for preplacement services to prevent placement in foster care?
Answer. Other Federal sources of funds that States use are title XX (Social Services Block Grant) and title IV-B (Child Welfare Services). In fact, those programs are the primary Federal sources of funds for preplacement services.
Question. If the Congress does not enact the legislative changes proposed for the foster care program, is the funding requested for foster care sufficient to meet the costs that will be claimed by the states in FY 1992?
Answer. If our legislative proposal is not enacted, we have estimated that the cost of the program under the current legislation would be $2.2 billion in FY 1992.
CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
Question. I note that the budget requests an additional $90 million for Child Welfare Services. Are these monies contingent on the enactment of the Administration's legislative proposals?
Answer. Yes, the request.for $90 million is contingent upon enactment of the legislative proposal.
Question. Given the severe pressures you cite on child welfare programs, do you feel that the $90 million increase is warranted irregardless of enactment of the Administration's legislative proposal?
Answer. No, the Administration's request for $90 million is contingent upon the enactment of the legislative proposal.
Question. How much of the proposed $90 million increase for child welfare services would be used for actual services, how much for research. In addition to research on family preservation services, how much of these additional monies would be used on research?
Answer of the requested $90 million $10 million would be uged for family preservation evaluations; $2 million would be used for oversight demonstration projects; and the remaining $78 million would be alloted to the States for services.
Question. How does your budget and legislative package address the issue of drug abuse by parents, and the resulting effects on children and families?
Answer. Both the additional and the current amount of funds under title IV-B may be used for services to focus on those problems which we discuss with state staff in jointly developing a plan.
Question. Do you have any specific plans for coordination of child welfare activities and substance abuse programs within your Department to improve the level and quality of services available to drug affected families, and thereby protect the children in these families?
Answer. The Department has established and has functioning the Policy Committee on Substance Abusing Women and their children to assist in the exchange of information and coordination of programs within the Department. Other joint efforts include a memorandum of understanding between the children's Bureau/Administration for Children, Youth and Families and the Office of Maternal and child Health joint activities of the Children's Bureau and the Administration for Developmental Disabilities; and coordination with other parts of the Department regarding implementation of the Abandoned Infants Assistance Program, the new Emergency child Protection Program, as well as other programs.
CHILD WELFARE SERVICES/DATA
Question. What information can you provide the Committee on activities under the Title IV-B program? For example, do you have information on State spending broken down by specific activities such as child protective services or preventive and supportive services?
Answer. The only information we have about state spending by activity varies from State to State and is incomplete.
Question. Do you have information on the population served under Title IV-B, such as income level, family status, etc?
No, we do not have that kind of information.
CHILD ABUSE CHALLENGE GRANTS
Question. Funding for Child Abuse Challenge Grants has been requested at $5,367,000 in FY 1992, the same level as provided in FY 1991. The purpose of these grants is to encourage States to establish and maintain trust funds or other funding mechanisms to support child abuse and neglect prevention activities. Your justification indicates that 50 States are expected to have established such trust funds or other funding mechanisms in FY 1991. Is there a continuing need for these funds, once states have established trust funds or other funding mechanisms?
Angwer. Children's Trust funds are dedicated to child abuse and neglect prevention programs. Although these funds have been established in almost every State, they remain subject to legislative action to abolish the fund or change its purpose. In the ongoing battle over scarce resources, States may be tempted to