Public Policy for the People: April 1
Members of the Children's Freedom Initiative gathered last Friday with Representative David Dreyer and his colleagues Representatives Matthew Wilson, Sandra Scott, J. Craig Gordon, and Shelly Hutchinson to recognize the coalition's work to stop the institutionalization of children in Georgia.
Be in the Know: Rumblings Under the Gold Dome
- Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
- $3.7 million to annualize 125 NOW and COMP waivers added in FY 19
- $4.2 million to fund 125 new NOW and COMP waivers
- $120,417 to fund a provider rate increase of 10% for Supported Employment for individuals with developmental disabilities
- $50,000 in one time funding for permanent supported housing for individuals with developmental disabilities in Forsyth County and create a model plan for statewide utilization
- Utilize $100,000 in existing funds to provide the final installment of the three-year plan for Georgia Options
- $7 million to offset a reduction in Medicaid patient revenues to maintain ongoing state hospital system operations
- Department of Community Health
- $737,639 to fund four additional positions, training, and associated operations for increased background checks for owners and employees of long-term care facilities pursuant to SB406(2018 Session)
- $513,000 to serve medically fragile children through the Champions for Children program
- $401,524 in funds for the second installment of a two-year plan to increase the personal needs allowance for nursing home residents by $5 to meet the $20 per month requirement pursuant to the passage of HB2016(2017 Session)
- $330,000 in funds for nursing homes to support enhanced background checks
- Department of Human Services
- $143,991 in funds for the second installment of a two-year plan to increase the personal needs allowance for nursing home residents by $5 to meet the $20 per month requirement pursuant to the passage of HB206 (2017 Session)
- $1.3 million to fund 17 new adult protective services caseworkers
- $366,752 to fund 5 new public guardianship caseworkers
- $338,802 to sustain options counseling, program outreach, and quality assurance for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
- $157,000 for assistive technology to assist older Georgians, to be dispersed to the 9 Centers for Independent Living and 12 Area Agencies on Aging at approximately $7,500 per location
- $849,951 to fund 50 new Medicaid Aged, Blind, and Disabled eligibility caseworkers
- Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
- $149,733 to expand outreach of independent living for individuals with disabilities in undeserved areas
- $105,500 Increase funds to provide a state match to deploy Academic Transition Teachers in Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) programs and, in collaboration with the Center for Leadership in Disability and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, develop job descriptions and memorandums of understanding that are in compliance with Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the federal grant fund to be implemented on July 1, 2019
- For the House of Representative's Video Content, visit House Video Content.
- For the Senate Video Content, visit Senate Committee Content and Senate Chamber Content.
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Veto: In its most basic form, a veto is simply a rejection. When it comes to the legislative process in Georgia, a veto is when the Governor rejects a bill that the legislature has passed. If a bill is vetoed by the Governor, both the Senate and the House would need a 2/3 majority vote to override the Governor. This rarely occurs and so typically a veto is the end of a bill for that year.
Other Days of Note:
- April 2 - Sine Die!