BILL SUMMARY for SB09-055
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt prepared amendment L.001 (Attachment D). Th|
Refer Senate Bill 09-055, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
04:27 PM -- Senate Bill 09-055
Senator Isgar introduced Senate Bill 09-055. The bill concerns the Family Resource Center Program. The bill removes the repeal date for the program and specifies that a family resource center may apply for and receive funds from the Colorado Works Statewide Strategic Use Fund. Senator Isgar stated that there is currently a prohibition against family resource centers from receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) moneys separate from counties. Several handouts concerning family resource centers were distributed to the committee (Attachments A through C). Senator Isgar responded to questions from Senator Schultheis regarding the source of funding for the Statewide Strategic Use Fund, responding that the fund is funded with federal TANF moneys that are recouped from counties. An amendment, L.001 (Attachment D), was distributed to the committee.
04:33 PM -- Mark Kling, Executive Director, Family Resource Center Association, testified in support of the bill. He stated that the program began as a pilot project in 1993, but that resource centers have since become independent from the state. He noted that there are currently 24 family resource centers in the state. He described the sources of funding for the centers, including federal grants and private donations. The goal of the resource centers is to help low-income families to become self-sufficient. Mr. Kling stated that the centers provide referral services, and utilize a case-management style model where they stay involved with families for a longer period of time. Over 7,000 families received direct services from the centers in the previous year. Resource centers offer various programs, depending upon the needs of the community in which they are located. He testified in support of amendment L.001 (Attachment D).
04:37 PM -- Virginia Howey, Program Director, Family Resource Center Association, testified that family resource centers are beginning to offer evidenced-based programs in order to maximize resources. She stated case management is a core service offered by all family resource centers. She noted that there has been an increase in the need for services since the downturn in the economy.
04:40 PM -- Mr. Kling responded to questions from Senator Lundberg regarding what would happen to the resource centers if they could no longer access public funds. Mr. Kling responded that the majority of public funding for resource centers are federal funds that are passed through the state, and that many of the activities of the centers would have to cease or some of the centers would have to close if public funding ended. Ms. Howey stated that some of the centers charge fees for some services, and are trying to diversify their funding sources.
04:42 PM -- Pat Ratliff, Colorado Counties Inc., testified in support of the bill. She stated that counties believe that family resource centers should have an opportunity to receive funding from the Statewide Strategic Use Fund. She responded to questions from Senator Schultheis regarding amendment L.001 (Attachment D).
04:45 PM -- Bridgette Simonis, Community Partnership Family Resource Center, testified in support of the bill. She testified regarding the services that she has received from the center.
04:46 PM -- Kerri Hansen, the Resource Center, testified in support of the bill, and described the services she received from the Resource Center. She testified that the services she receive from the center permitted her to become self-sufficient and that now she is an employee of the Resource Center.
04:49 PM -- Cheryl Nix, Fremont County Family Resource Center, testified in support of the bill, and described the services that she has received from the center.
04:50 PM -- Phyllis Bigpond, Denver Indian Family Resource Center, described the services offered by the center.
Senator Isgar gave concluding remarks regarding the bill. He reiterated that the centers receive do not receive General Funds.
|TIME: || 04:54:21 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 09-055, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a 7-0 roll call vote, with one member excused.|
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS