senate Bill S8851A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Increases salaries for foster care direct care workers; appropriation

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 13, 2022 print number 8851a
May 13, 2022 amend and recommit to finance
Apr 25, 2022 referred to finance

S8851 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10104
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Amd §398-a, Soc Serv L

S8851 - Summary

Increases salaries for foster care direct care workers; makes an appropriation therefor.

S8851 - Sponsor Memo

S8851 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8851
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 25, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. BRISPORT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
 
 AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to increasing sala-
   ries for foster care direct care workers; and making an  appropriation
   therefor
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1.  Legislative  findings.  The  Legislature  finds  that  the
 COVID-19  pandemic  has had a profound impact on the child welfare work-
 force within the foster care system. Direct care workers have  continued
 to  come  to  work  every day throughout the pandemic, care for our most
 vulnerable children, and are part of our  essential  workforce.    While
 other essential workers have been recognized or provided enhanced salary
 payments,  direct  care  workers  in  the child welfare system have not.
 Moreover, the agencies that employ the foster care workforce  have  been
 historically  underfunded  and  as a result the compensation provided to
 workers does not provide a living wage.
   Therefore, the Legislature proposes salaries for direct  care  workers
 be increased starting with the 2022-2023 rate year and continued for the
 following  two  years.  This  investment will help stabilize the current
 turnover and vacancy rates within the direct care workforce  which  will
 have  a  positive  and  beneficial impact on children in the foster care
 system.
   § 2. Section 398-a of social services law is amended by adding  a  new
 subdivision 2-d to read as follows:
   (2-D)  PAYMENTS MADE DIRECTLY BY SOCIAL SERVICE DISTRICTS TO VOLUNTARY
 FOSTER CARE AGENCIES TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE SALARIES DURING  EACH  OF  THE
 TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY-TWO--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-THREE, TWO THOUSAND TWEN-
 TY-THREE--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR, AND  TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY-FOUR--TWO
 THOUSAND  TWENTY-FIVE RATE YEARS SHALL BE SUPPORTED BY INCREASED FUNDING
 AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FOSTER CARE BLOCK GRANT. SUCH  PAYMENTS  SHALL  BE
 USED  TO  INCREASE THE SALARIES OF FOSTER CARE AGENCY EMPLOYEES, INCLUD-
 ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT CARE STAFF, CASEWORKERS, AND CASE  PLAN-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD15141-02-2

S8851A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10104
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Amd §398-a, Soc Serv L

S8851A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Increases salaries for foster care direct care workers; makes an appropriation therefor.

S8851A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8851A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8851--A
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 25, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. BRISPORT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Finance  --  committee
   discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
   to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to increasing sala-
   ries  for foster care direct care workers; and making an appropriation
   therefor

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The  Legislature  finds  that the
 COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the child  welfare  work-
 force  within the foster care system. Direct care workers have continued
 to come to work every day throughout the pandemic,  care  for  our  most
 vulnerable  children,  and  are  part of our essential workforce.  While
 other essential workers have been recognized or provided enhanced salary
 payments, direct care workers in the  child  welfare  system  have  not.
 Moreover,  the  agencies that employ the foster care workforce have been
 historically underfunded and as a result the  compensation  provided  to
 workers does not provide a living wage.
   Therefore,  the  Legislature proposes salaries for direct care workers
 be increased starting with the 2022-2023 rate year and continued for the
 following two years. This investment will  help  stabilize  the  current
 turnover  and  vacancy rates within the direct care workforce which will
 have a positive and beneficial impact on children  in  the  foster  care
 system.
   §  2.  Section 398-a of the social services law is amended by adding a
 new subdivision 2-d to read as follows:
   (2-D) PAYMENTS MADE DIRECTLY BY SOCIAL SERVICE DISTRICTS TO  VOLUNTARY
 FOSTER  CARE  AGENCIES  TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE SALARIES DURING EACH OF THE
 TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-THREE, TWO  THOUSAND  TWEN-
 TY-THREE--TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY-FOUR,  AND TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR--TWO
 THOUSAND TWENTY-FIVE RATE YEARS SHALL BE SUPPORTED BY INCREASED  FUNDING
 AVAILABLE  THROUGH  THE  FOSTER CARE BLOCK GRANT. SUCH PAYMENTS SHALL BE
 USED TO INCREASE THE SALARIES OF FOSTER CARE AGENCY  EMPLOYEES,  INCLUD-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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