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SECTION 481-E
William B
Social Services (SOS) CHAPTER 55, ARTICLE 10-A
§ 481-e. William B. Hoyt Memorial children and family trust fund;
awarding of grants. 1. The commissioner is hereby authorized to issue
grants from funds credited to the William B. Hoyt Memorial children and
family trust fund as provided in section four hundred eighty-one-f of
this article to public agencies or not-for-profit corporations for the
purpose of establishing or extending any or all of the following:

(a) primary prevention programs;

(b) secondary prevention programs;

(c) programs which provide services to victims of family violence,
such as establishing temporary shelters and other emergency services;
programs which provide or facilitate counseling, or other appropriate
follow-up services to victims and their family or household members; and
any other program deemed helpful in the treatment of victims of family
violence.

2. (a) Funds shall be awarded in the following manner: forty percent
for local child abuse prevention or family resource and support
programs, forty percent for local domestic violence prevention or
service programs and twenty percent for regional or statewide family
violence prevention programs; provided, however, that any unexpended
portion of such twenty percent as allocated shall be made available for
local family violence prevention programs and provided further, however,
that in determining the eligibility of any regional or statewide family
violence prevention program or of any local family violence prevention
program for any part of such unexpended portion, the commissioner shall
give first consideration to those programs which combine both child
abuse prevention and domestic violence prevention.

(b) For a program which combines child abuse prevention and domestic
violence prevention, the commissioner shall predetermine, to the extent
feasible, the percentage of concentration for each within such program
and shall apportion the total amount awarded between such forty percent
allocation in the same proportion.

3. No moneys from the fund established pursuant to section four
hundred eighty-one-f of this article shall be granted for services
mandated under this chapter. Funds awarded to not-for-profit
corporations or public agencies pursuant to the provisions of
subdivision one of this section shall not be used to supplant other
federal, state or local funds.

4. The commissioner, with the advice and recommendations of the
William B. Hoyt Memorial children and family trust fund advisory board,
shall issue requests for proposals and specify methods to evaluate the
effectiveness of proposed programs. Such evaluation shall include but
not be limited to the following:

(a) appropriate accounting and fiscal control procedures which shall
include the filing of an annual financial statement by each provider so
as to ensure the proper disbursement and accounting for funds received
by public agencies and not-for-profit corporations for services; and

(b) appropriate written records regarding the population served and
type and extent of services rendered by the provider; and

(c) confidentiality standards in conformance with appropriate federal
and state standards so as to ensure the confidentiality of records of
persons receiving services; and

(d) nature and quality of services provided and impacts upon the
populations and communities served.

5. The commissioner shall solicit and shall select proposals for the
provision of services funded pursuant to this act. Public agencies and
not-for-profit corporations shall be eligible for purposes of
application for grants provided for herein and subject to any rules and
regulations promulgated pursuant to subdivision four of this section.

6. The commissioner, with the advice of the William B. Hoyt Memorial
children and family trust fund advisory board, shall publicize the
availability of funds to be used for purposes of this section. The
commissioner shall request, on prescribed forms, information determined
to be necessary and relevant for the evaluation of each application. The
commissioner may solicit comments on the applications from concerned
individuals and agencies. Applications for local grants shall be
submitted to the local commissioner of social services and to the local
youth bureau in the locality in which the program will operate and
applicants for local grants shall solicit comments on the application
from such local commissioner of social services and such local youth
bureau prior to submitting such application to the commissioner.
Applicants shall inform the local commissioner of social services and
the local youth bureau that their comments upon the application may be
submitted either to the applicant or to the commissioner or to both. The
commissioner shall give full consideration to any such comments received
within twenty-one days after the application deadline and shall review
the applications in relation to relevant local plans before approving or
disapproving such applications. The commissioner shall inform the local
commissioner of social services and the local youth bureau of the final
disposition of the applications. No grant award shall be for a period in
excess of twelve months unless renewed by the commissioner, with the
advice of the advisory board. The initial grant and the first year
renewal, if any, shall not exceed one hundred percent of the cost of
providing the service. The third year grant, if any, shall not exceed
seventy-five percent of the initial grant. The fourth year grant and any
grant thereafter, if any, shall not exceed fifty percent of the initial
grant. No program shall receive funding after the fourth year unless the
commissioner, annually, finds that the program effectively prevents
family violence or provides a necessary service to victims of family
violence.

7. Pursuant to subdivision one of this section, the commissioner shall
ensure that grants are awarded evenly across the state with
consideration given to geographic areas with the greatest need and that
priority is given to programs:

(a) which are innovative; or

(b) of demonstrated effectiveness; and/or

(c) illustrates the capacity to coordinate with established community
programs; and/or

(d) which can demonstrate a potential for future financial
self-sufficiency.

8. The commissioner with the advice and recommendations of the William
B. Hoyt Memorial children and family trust fund advisory board shall
submit a report prior to the fifteenth day of December beginning in
nineteen hundred eighty-five and annually thereafter to the governor and
the legislature regarding the implementation and evaluation of the
effectiveness of prevention and treatment services related to family
violence. Prior to submitting such reports to the governor and the
legislature, the commissioner shall permit the William B. Hoyt Memorial
children and family trust fund advisory board to review and comment upon
such reports. Such report shall include:

(a) the number of persons estimated to have been assisted in programs
covered by this section;

(b) the number, recipients and amounts of grants to public agencies
and not-for-profit corporations;

(c) the amount of public and private funds used for approved programs
by service type;

(d) the amount of funds used for the administration of such services;

(e) a description of the nature and quality of services provided and
the impact upon the populations and communities served and their
potential for being replicated elsewhere;

(f) a description of how the moneys of the fund collected pursuant to
section six hundred thirty-g of the tax law were utilized during the
preceding calendar year, including information concerning:

(i) the amount of money disbursed from the fund and the distribution
process used for such disbursements;

(ii) recipients of the expenses from the fund;

(iii) the amount allotted to each;

(iv) the purposes for which such distributions were granted; and

(v) a summary financial plan for such monies which shall include
estimates of all receipts and all disbursements for the current and
succeeding fiscal years; and

(g) all such other matters as may be necessary to inform the governor
and the legislature regarding the implementation and evaluation of the
effectiveness of programs covered by this section and the success of
such programs in accomplishing the intent of the legislature.