SB 0959 Community Partnership Program
LR Number:S3571.01I Fiscal Note:3571-01
Committee:Public Health and Welfare
Last Action:04/01/96 - Hearing Conducted S Public Health & Welfare Committee
Effective Date:Contingent
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SB 959 - This act creates the "Community Partnership Program" to provide certain services to those eligible for benefits distributed by the Division of Family Services. Those who elect to participate will enter into contractual agreements with charitable organizations to distribute their benefits and provide services to help the recipients meet their individual living needs. Services may include education, transportation, child care, etc.

Charitable organizations must be in existence for a period of at least one year, establish and maintain a system to address grievances, allow audits, and are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. Charitable organizations may impose certain conditions on the recipients as a condition for receiving these services, except they cannot force the recipients attend a religious service or perform an illegal act. Charitable organizations may also charge a fee to those who participate to cover any overhead costs. However, the fee charged may not exceed 10% of the moneys to be distributed, which is also the minimum increase in benefits those who participate will receive.

The act also creates the Community Partnership Program Fund which consists of the moneys that would ordinarily go to those who participate in terms of benefits, and an additional sum of ten percent of the total transferred from the savings in the overhead costs.

The Community Partnership Advisory Council is also created to make recommendations on how the program can be expanded and improved. The council consists of seven members that serve four year terms. The council is chaired by the Lt. Governor and its members include the Director of Social Services, the Director of the Division of Family Services, and four other public members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The public members must be active participants in a charitable organization that is involved in the program, and no more than two may be of the same political party.

This act will take effect upon approval of federal block grant funding or a federal waiver to implement the program.