Advocacy

For almost 200 years, JCCA has been at the forefront of providing services to vulnerable children and families in the NYC metropolitan area. Our Government Contracts and Advocacy Department works together with the staff and Board of Trustees to ensure that our expertise is utilized to inform relevant policy on the city, state and national levels. We also believe strongly that the recipients of service should have a voice and provide opportunities to the youth in our care to speak on their own behalf. We will post active petitions and campaigns on this page when appropriate. Please read below for information about current priorities.

Helping youth in foster care to succeed: Youth in foster care can receive a monthly subsidy of $300 in order to live independently. This is wholly inadequate in NYC, given the cost of housing! A bill introduced by Assembly Member Hevesi, A7756A, would increase the subsidy to $600 per month, eliminate a number of requirements such as the prohibition against having a roommate and extend the subsidy until age 24.

Transition to Managed Care: JCCA will work with our partners in state government and the nonprofit sector to ensure that:

  • Rates for the new state-approved services are adequate to support the delivery of those services.
  • There is specific reimbursement for Complex Trauma assessments.
  • The Medicaid Managed Care model contract with the State adequately covers ALL the services children in foster care require.

Support for the Nonprofit Sector

  • Nonprofits such as JCCA that serve vulnerable children and families are being stretched thin by public contracts that do not adjust for the increased costs of doing business. The Human Services Council provided leadership on a campaign to provide a 2.5% Cost of Living Increase (COLA) for non-personnel related expenses for city-funded non-profit contracts.
  • Support for Child Welfare Agencies – COFCCA is in the forefront of a request for a Cost of Living increase to the Maximum State Aid Rate that funds child welfare services.
  • City and state contracts should encompass additional funding for nonprofits to meet the new minimum wage.

Recognize the long term trauma of child sexual abuse victims: As an agency that specializes in the treatment of child sexual abuse, JCCA supports reform of the civil and criminal law to eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal and civil actions for certain sex offenses committed against a child less than eighteen years of age and provide a one year window for civil prosecutions regardless of the person’s age. We look forward to seeing progress on the Child Victims Act A1771-S6367, (A.2872/S.63).

Raise the Age: New York is one of only two states in the nation that prosecutes youth over 16 years of age as adults. Research and science have confirmed that adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety. New York State needs to raise the age of criminal responsibility in a comprehensive manner.

The role of literacy in well-being:  JCCA believes that literacy, defined as the ability to read and write, is critical to a sense of well-being. Our pilot program on our Westchester Campus will demonstrate how improving early literacy among 6-8 year olds can improve their overall well-being. Stay tuned.