WAFCA State Budget Priorities 2017-19
(PDF Version - updated March 2017)
- Moving Forward on Mental Health
- Building Strong Youth and Families
- Setting Sound Fiscal Policies for Child & Family Serving Agencies
Moving Forward on Mental Health
- Support the Governor’s proposal to provide $6.5 million in new resources to expand school mental health services. In addition to the investments that the Governor has proposed, support an MA-funded consultation rate that would be a sustainable stream of funding to give teachers and students across the state greater access to mental and behavioral health expertise (WCASBMH).
- Increase the supports available to aid adoptive families by funding specialized training to grow an adoption-competent workforce and making funds available for supportive services.
- Support initiatives to address mental health service access barriers including streamlining MA prior authorization; expanding opportunities for telehealth services; increasing MA reimbursement rates for mental health therapy and investing in the future of the mental health workforce by requiring all MA funded services to reimburse for qualified treatment trainees.
- Require DHS to recognize national accreditation when renewing certifications of outpatient mental health clinics.
Building Strong Youth and Families
- Support the proposed $7.8 million increase in child & family community aids to better fund prevention and support for families and address growing challenges in child protective services.
- Support the Governor’s proposed $4.3 million increase in child safety services and the $8 million in prevention services funding provided to counties through TANF dollars. These critical investments support home visiting and other supportive services for parents to advance family stability and permanency for children.
- Support the 2.5% annual increase in the foster care basic rate and the proposed increased support for relative caregivers, but seek to do more to support the recruitment and retention of family-based resources for children in need of out-of-home placement.
- Support the proposed $1 million for case management services at homeless shelters and seek to further Wisconsin’s commitment to runaway and homeless youth services by expanding supports for at-risk youth and increasing anti-human trafficking outreach statewide.
Setting Sound Fiscal Policies for Child and Family Serving Agencies
- Clarify state law to permit child and family serving agencies to retain reasonable earnings from rate-based human services contracts.
- Eliminate long-term tracking of reserves
- Grant nonprofit agencies authority to reinvest retained surplus
- Direct state agencies to set standard profit and surplus retention rates for rate-based services contracts