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Saturday, February 21, 2009

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY FISCAL YEAR 2009 BUDGET REDUCTIONS SUMMARY OF MAJOR STAFF AND CLIENT IMPACTS

Remember, please write and call your state legislators about this. The link to state offices are below. For Tucson families, contact US Senators Jon Kyl and John Mc Cain, and Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords offices as well.

Senator Mc Cain via email: http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Write or call: http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.OfficeLocations

Senator Kyl
http://congress.org/congressorg/bio/id/203

Congresswoman Giffords:
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?lang=&member=AZ08&site=ctc

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY FISCAL YEAR 2009 BUDGET REDUCTIONS SUMMARY OF MAJOR STAFF AND CLIENT IMPACTS

List as of February 17, 2009

Department-Wide All monetary amounts represent reductions in funding.

Est. General Fund Reduction
Staff reductions; furloughs; other operating reductions
$31,703,600

Eliminate upgrade of eligibility and case management systems for the family assistance, Jobs, and child care programs
$6,112,400

Eliminate disaster recovery contract, document management, and other information technology software maintenance agreements and equipment
$820,700

Aging and Adult Services

May not investigate 100 percent of Adult Protective Services reports

Reduce Area Agencies on Aging contracts, eliminating independent living supports for 450 older Arizonans
$2,061,000

Eliminate lifespan respite care funding, eliminates services for 130 caregivers
$350,000

Eliminate $75 monthly grandparent kinship care stipend for 100 grandparents
$52,300

Benefits and Medical Eligibility (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Cash Assistance)

Reduce cash assistance grant for the 38,500 cases (including child-only) in the program by 20 percent, from an average of $263 per month to $210
$7,386,900

Reduce by seven percent pass-through funds for Tribes that operate their own TANF programs (Navajo, San Carlos Apache, White Mountain Apache, Pascua Yaqui, Hopi)
$342,200

Eliminate General Assistance, final benefit paid in February to 1,500 disabled adults
$316,800


Child Support Enforcement

Reduce by 10 percent federal incentive payment sharing with counties operating their own child support program (Gila, La Paz , Navajo, and Pinal Counties )
$45,000

Children, Youth and Families (Child Protective Services and other Child Welfare Services)

Do not investigate 100 percent of potential risk reports made to the Child Protective Services Hotline (potential risk is the lowest risk report)

Reduce foster care maintenance payment by 20 percent, from an average of $910 to $728 per month, and eliminate other allowances for 4,500 children in family foster homes
$3,208,300

Reduce independent living stipends paid to 400 children aging out of the foster care system by 10 percent, from $795 to $715
$127,200

Reduce or eliminate in-home services for 4,000 children and reduce or eliminate support services and allowances for children in out-of-home care
$15,918,700

Reduce substance abuse services contracts, eliminating services for 1,400 individuals
$762,500

Reduce Healthy Families contracts, eliminating prevention services for 3,500 families
$10,750,000

Community Services

Reduce contracts for emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence
TBD

Reduce homeless shelter contracts, decreasing capacity by 1,100 individuals
$282,300

Reduce community action program contracts, eliminating short term crisis services for 1,000 families
$636,500

Reduce contracts with food banks
$167,600

Developmental Disabilities

Suspend non-residential state-only services for more than 4,000 children and adults
$6,231,600

Eliminate services for 850 infants and toddlers with or at risk of a developmental delay
$1,608,800

Reduce provider rates by 10 percent
$10,576,400

Employment and Rehabilitation Services (includes Child Care)

Reduce Jobs vendors’ contracts by approximately eight percent
$2,000,000

Impose a waiting list for vocational rehabilitation services for 2,100 disabled individuals
$1,246,600

Impose a waiting list for independent living rehabilitation services for 400 individuals
$41,000

Impose a waiting list for new low-income working families and suspend assistance for families with income between 110 and 165 of the poverty level, affecting 20,000 children
$20,000,000

Increase child care co-payments
$1,300,000

Reduce child care provider rates by five percent for 6,500 providers
$3,000,000

Reduce funding for child care quality contracts
$1,000,000

This list does not include all actions needed to meet the reductions included in SB 1001 and eliminate internal shortfalls

Read the PDF for more detailed information:
https://egov.azdes.gov/cmsinternet/uploadedFileOffice_of_Communications/FISCAL_YEAR_2009_BUDGET_REDUCTIONSl.pdf

2 comments:

carol said...

Kris,
Saying prayers for everyone that is getting cuts.I pray your gilrs will be ok.
carol

Lori said...

Kris, Elijah is one of the kids who will no longer receive services. We were informed last week that as of September he will no longer be considered eligible and we will find out Thursday if any of his services will be cut before then. We will likely no longer be in AZ by September, but it is really upsetting to think of all of the kids that won't be getting NEEDED services. Do you know if we can contact someone even though we don't live in Tucson?

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