senate Bill S4967

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the offering of twelve month work exemption to certain parents or relatives in receipt of public assistance who personally provide child care

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S4967 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Children And Families
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง410-x, Soc Serv L

S4967 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the offering of twelve month work exemption to certain parents or relatives in receipt of public assistance who personally provide child care.

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BILL NUMBER:S4967

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to the twelve month work exemption for certain parents or relatives
providing child care

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this legislation is to allow commissioners in social
services to modify the public assistance work requirements in order to
increase access to affordable child care for eligible families.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill would amend subdivision 2 of section 410-x of the social
services law.

Currently, New York State allows certain exemptions from work
activities for recipients of temporary assistance that are a
single-parent head of household. The current work exemption structure
allows a single-parent who is caring for a child under the age of one
an exemption from work activities for no more than three months for
any one child; although a social service official has the authority to
extend the exemption for up to 12 months on a case by case basis.

This bill would allow commissioners of social service districts the
ability to offer an 12 month for exemption if the district is unable
to meet the needs of income eligible working families.

JUSTIFICATION:

Counties are required by law to provide child care payments for public
assistance recipients if such care is necessary in order for the
recipient to participate in mandatory work requirements. The funding
source for these county payments is the New York State Child Care
Block Grant (NYSCCBG.) The NYSCCBG has suffered serious cuts in the
past few years leaving counties with barely enough funds to fulfill
the obligation of child care to Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families recipients (TANK') and very little, if anything, left over to
provide child care subsidies for low income working families.

Most counties are no longer able to serve families up to 200% Federal
Poverty Level due to cuts to the child care block grant. In order to
deal with the shortage of child care funds, counties have lowered
eligibility levels, ceased taking new applications for a period of
time or have discontinued the acceptance of new applications all
together

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None. This is new legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4967

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the twelve month
  work exemption for certain parents or relatives providing child care

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Subdivision 2 of section 410-x of the social services law,
as amended by chapter 416 of the laws of 2000, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  2.  (a)  A  social  services district may establish priorities for the
families which will be eligible to receive funding;  provided  that  the
priorities  provide that eligible families will receive equitable access
to child care assistance funds to the extent that these funds are avail-
able.
  (b) A social services district shall  set  forth  its  priorities  for
child  care assistance in the district's consolidated services plan. The
commissioner of the office of children and  family  services  shall  not
approve  any  plan  that  does not provide for equitable access to child
care assistance funds.
  (c) A social services  district  shall  be  authorized  to  set  aside
portions  of  its  block  grant  allocation  to serve one or more of its
priority groups and/or to discontinue funding  to  families  with  lower
priorities  in  order to serve families with higher priorities; provided
that the method of disbursement to priority groups provides that  eligi-
ble  families  within  a priority group will receive equitable access to
child care assistance funds to the extent that these  funds  are  avail-
able.
  (d)  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE
COMMISSIONER IN ANY SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT THAT DOES NOT  HAVE  SUFFI-
CIENT  FUNDING  TO SERVE ALL ELIGIBLE WORKING FAMILIES UNDER TWO HUNDRED
PERCENT OF THE STATE INCOME STANDARD, SHALL OFFER THE TWELVE MONTH  WORK

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10226-01-3

S. 4967                             2

EXEMPTION  PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (D) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE
HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO OF THIS CHAPTER, TO ALL PARENTS OR OTHER RELATIVES IN
RECEIPT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE WHO ARE PERSONALLY  PROVIDING  CARE  FOR  A
CHILD  UNDER  ONE YEAR OF AGE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH PARENT OR OTHER
RELATIVE HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN OFFERED AN  EXEMPTION  UNDER  SUCH  SECTION
THREE  HUNDRED  THIRTY-TWO.  THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO INDIVIDUALS
WHO:
  (I) SOLELY PARTICIPATE IN WORK ACTIVITIES THAT PROVIDE EARNED  INCOME;
OR
  (II)  PARTICIPATE IN A COMBINATION OF WORK ACTIVITIES; FOR THE PORTION
OF WORK ACTIVITIES THAT PROVIDE EARNED INCOME.
  (E) IN THE EVENT THAT A  SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICT  MUST  DISCONTINUE
FUNDING  TO  A PRIORITY GROUP IT SHALL NOTIFY THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILY SERVICES WITHIN TEN DAYS OF SUCH ACTION, IDENTIFYING THE  PARTIC-
ULAR  GROUP  AFFECTED. IN THE EVENT THAT FUNDING IS RESTORED, THE SOCIAL
SERVICES DISTRICT  SHALL  NOTIFY  THE  OFFICE  OF  CHILDREN  AND  FAMILY
SERVICES WITHIN TEN DAYS OF SUCH RESTORATION.
  (F)  Each  social  services  district  shall collect and submit to the
commissioner of the office of children and family services in  a  manner
to be specified by the commissioner of the office of children and family
services  information  concerning the disbursement of child care assist-
ance funds showing geographic distribution of children receiving assist-
ance within the district, THE NUMBER OF WORKING FAMILIES WHO WERE OTHER-
WISE ELIGIBLE FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE BUT WHO WERE DENIED BECAUSE  THE
DISTRICT  LACKED  SUFFICIENT  FUNDING TO SERVE ALL ELIGIBLE FAMILIES AND
THE NUMBER AND AGE OF CHILDREN WHO COULD NOT BE SERVED AS A RESULT.
  [(e)] (G) The commissioner  of  the  office  of  children  and  family
services  shall  submit a report to the governor, temporary president of
the senate and the speaker of the assembly on or before  August  thirty-
first[, two thousand one] OF EVERY YEAR concerning the implementation of
this  section.  This  report  shall  include  information concerning the
disbursement of child care assistance funds showing geographic  distrib-
ution  of  children  receiving  assistance  within  the state. BEGINNING
AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, SUCH REPORT, AND EACH SUBSE-
QUENT REPORT THEREAFTER, SHALL ALSO:
  (I) IDENTIFY THE COUNTIES THAT HAVE DISCONTINUED OR  RESTORED  FUNDING
TO PRIORITY GROUPS, AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION (E) OF THIS SECTION;
  (II) LIST THE PRIORITY GROUPS AFFECTED;
  (III) PROVIDE FOR EACH COUNTY FOR EACH OF THE TWELVE MONTHS COVERED BY
THIS  REPORT  THE NUMBER OF WORKING FAMILIES WHO WERE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE
FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE BUT  WHO  WERE  DENIED  BECAUSE  THE  DISTRICT
LACKED SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO SERVE ALL ELIGIBLE FAMILIES; AND
  (IV)  THE  NUMBER  AND  AGE  OF  CHILDREN WHO COULD NOT BE SERVED AS A
RESULT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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