Provider Watch - February 9, 2009 - Advocacy Continues around Budget Cuts to Providers

When the threat of budget cuts first began, providers initiated advocacy efforts to sustain quality services for kids in care. Rate cuts to Child Placing Agencies (CPA) went into effect October 1, 2008.  These cuts were coupled with previous reductions due to the unbundling of services under Level of Care and transition to Room, Board, and Watchful oversight. The impact of cuts over the past two years ranges from 16% to as high as 53.6%

        Traditional: 21.44 to 17.96 = decrease of 3.48 or 16%  

        Base WO: 29.02 to 24.05 = decrease of 4.97 or 17% + cuts from 7/07; 11.98 or 29% =

                total decrease of 16.95 or 46% 

        Max WO: 40.07 to 32.59 = decrease of 7.48 or 18.6% + cuts from 7/07; 21.73 or 35% =

                total decrease of 29.21 or 53.6%

Many CPAs have turned to alternate or reserve funds to supplement the deficit created by these reductions.

Information from providers will help advocacy efforts as we bring our case before legislators. Please provide the following:

1) The total amount of supplemental funds used to support services to foster children from July 1-December 31, 2008.
2) List of agencies that you know have gone out of business since October 1, 2008.

GAHSC will compile this information to advocate on behalf of Georgia's foster children and the providers who serve them.

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                            Normer Adams, Editor