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Advocacy

(as of December 2019)

On the city level

Fair Futures – The City Council provided $10,000,000 in the FY 20 budget for children in foster care, ages 11 – 21, to receive supports for their educational and vocational goals. The funds will be released in January 2020. JCCA is thrilled to enhance our LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Achievement Pathways) program with the addition of tutors and mentors to assist youth in care to realize their goals and dreams.  Thanks to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Steven Levin for their leadership.

Indirect Rate – Language was included in the FY 20 city budget that recognized that city contracts do not cover the full cost of providing services.  The city has implemented a system of enhancements to the indirect rate that will help to remedy this problem. The indirect rate covers expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, human resource and finance staff, agency leadership and other similar costs. We thank City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the entire City Council for their leadership on this critically important issue to the health of nonprofits like JCCA.

City Council Initiative funding – JCCA is deeply appreciative of the City Council initiative funding we received for FY 20 including:

  1. $175,000 for our Court Involved Youth Mental Health program called Second Chances to fund stipends for internships along with other pro-social and supportive activities.
  2. Inclusion in the Opioid Prevention and Treatment Initiative for our Kesher program in Queens at the $95,000 level.
  3. $160,000 for our City’s First Readers early literacy program for the youngest children in foster care.
  4. $165,000 for our Wrap Around Supports for Transition Aged Foster Youth program to help youth plan and realize their vocational goals.

We thank Council Members Ayala, Dromm, and Levin, among others, for their support of these critical initiatives.

 

On the state and federal level

JCCA continues to support legislation and policy that benefits the children and families we serve. We have signed onto the following letters:

  1. To Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in reference to eliminating the refugee admissions cap in the midst of a global refugee crisis.
  2. To the federal SNAP program/USDA in reference to the revision of categorical eligibility that will reduce the number of children and families eligible for this successful, poverty-reducing food program.
  3. To Congress urging safe, sanitary, and supportive conditions for children who have arrived at the border and are in U.S. custody.
  4. To Senator Sepulveda and Assembly Member Weprin in support of S2698/A2483 to codify visiting in New York State Law. JCCA recognizes the importance for children of incarcerated parents to be able to keep connected to their parents through visiting.
  5. To Governor Cuomo to support the signing of S6427-A/A.8060-A, sponsored by Senator Montgomery and Assembly Member Jaffee, that updates New York’s Central Registry to advance child protection. Update: The Governor vetoed this legislation on 12/13/2019.
  6. To Mayor DeBlasio to ensure busing for students in foster care so that they can remain in their familiar schools, if they choose.
  7. To Governor Cuomo to put a moratorium on rates cuts to the new children’s Medicaid services.
  8. To Senators Chuck Grassley, Ron Wyden, and Representatives Danny Davis and Jackie Walorski in support of the Families First Transition Act that will help states prepare for this new legislation related to residential treatment and prevention services. Update: This legislation has been signed into law.
  9. To Governor Cuomo in support of S4339/A4258, sponsored by Senator Salazar and Assembly Member Hevesi to allow foster youth who receive a housing subsidy to be able to live with a roommate and thus better afford rental costs by sharing expenses. Update:  The Governor signed this legislation into law on 12/13/2019.

For additional information,
reach out to:

Harriet Lessel
Director of Government
Contracts and Advocacy

212-558-9918

Contact us