Alabama Partnership for Children by usvoruganti

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Dr. Page B. Walley

Offices Within the Dept. of Children’s Affairs
Children First Trust Fund Administration
Program Evaluation and Effectiveness *

Children’s Budgets and Grants * Office of School Readiness Alabama Head Start State Collaboration Office Office of Multiple Needs Children
*Under Development

National Master Tobacco Settlement
21st Century Fund
Economic Development Bond Issue 12% Senior Services Trust Fund 1%

Children First Trust Fund

Alabama Medicaid

Approximate Percentages

Children First Trust Fund (CFTF)
Initiated by Legislature in 1999 Receives 53% of Alabama’s portion of National Master Tobacco Settlement (Percentage fluctuates)
Administered by the Dept. of Children’s Affairs

Children First Trust Fund is NOT the Children First Foundation nor the Children’s Trust Fund

Children First Time Line
1998 1999 Passage of Children First Legislation. Master Tobacco Settlement with States including Alabama. Coordinating Council renamed: Children’s Policy Council. 2000 The first receipt of tobacco dollars into the Children First Trust Fund.

2000 Expenditures : $18,338,880.50 2001 Expenditures: $33,898,648.00 2002 Expenditures: $56,622,410.00

State of Alabama Children First Trust Fund FY 02 Annual Report Spending Overview
Alabama Beverage Control Board Total ($489,767.10): Responsible Vendor Program and Enforcement Division Board of Education Total ($11,423,178.00): Background Checks, Alternative Education Programs, and School Safety

Children’s Trust Fund Total ($2,649,953.90): Local Grants and FACTS Training Enhancement Grants
Department of Human Resources Total ($10,154,492.00): Our Kids Program, DHR Increase of Foster Care Board Payments, and Therapeutic Foster Services. Department of Mental Health Total ($3,065,645.60): Administration, Masters Level Therapists working with Juvenile Courts to provide mental health services, Multi-Needs Children Program, Our Kids Programs, Programs for Children and Families. Department of Public Health Total ($5,800,000.00): Community Health Education Programs to reduce tobacco usage among youth, Supplies for Newborn Screening, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Department of Youth Services Total ($6,265,069.00): Publication and Distribution of “Play By The Rules”, Boot Camp Programs, Day Treatment Programs, Our Kids Program, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Multi-Needs Children Program, Residential Treatment.

Forensic Sciences Total ($356,892.00): Equipment Purchases, Educational Training.

Juvenile Probation Services Fund Total ($7,994,787.00): Salary Subsidies To Counties, Juvenile Probation Services.

Rehabilitation Services Total ($300,000.00): Child Death Review Teams.

State Multiple Needs Children’s Fund Total ($2,000.000.00): Services For Multi-Needs Children.

Alabama Medicaid Agency Total ($5,222,628.00): Medical Services For Children Covered By Medicaid.

CFTF Breakdown by Departments
Juvenile Probation 10% Youth Services 17% Public Health 10% Children's Trust Fund 5% Multiple Needs 5% Mental Health 5% Medicaid 3.5% ABC Board 1% Human Resources 20% Education 21% Forensic Sciences 1%

Rehab Services .5%

Helpful Definitions

The 21st. Century Fund was established to receive the settlement from the tobacco law suit and distribute funds to pay for economic development bonds, medical care, programs for the elderly, with the majority of the settlement going to the Children First Trust Fund.

Children First Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)4 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families in Alabama through public policy and legislative action.

The Department of Children’s Affairs is a cabinet level department, created by legislation, which acts as coordinator for the state and local agencies to ensure that services are maximized for the benefit of Alabama’s children 19 and younger.

Alabama Children’s Policy Council was created by legislation and responsible for reviewing the report prepared by The Department of Children’s Affairs, and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by Oct. 1 of each fiscal year. The Alabama Children’s Policy Council is also responsible for developing a statewide Resource Manual.

Children First is a division of the Department of Children’s Affairs responsible for monitoring and planning utilization of tobacco funds distributed to twelve state agencies.

Helpful Definitions  Alabama Partnership for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to develop, design and implement a unified approach for improving the quality and availability of early learning for children birth to five.

 Kids Stuff is the all encompassing identity and trademark for all projects of the Alabama Partnership for Children.  All Kids is a comprehensive health insurance program administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health. It covers children from birth through 18 whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid (but less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level) and cannot afford or are not offered dependent coverage through their employer.
 Our Kids was a collaborative Grant between the departments of Mental Health, Department of Human Resources, and Department of Youth Services. This grant used Children First Funds to address issues of children who were not reached by other programs.

 Voices for Alabama’s Children was chosen to provide the research and data for the Alabama Kids Count Book. This book represents statistics per county which demonstrate individual ranking on issues related to children.
 Children Trust Fund was established in 1983 and is governed by the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. It is designed to encourage, promote, and fund programs whose purpose is to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Children First Successes
•Provided health insurance for 45,000 uninsured children

•Funded teacher criminal background checks for 70,000 teachers and employees
•Distributed $1,000,000 for children in need of multiple services in order for them to remain in-home avoiding foster care or institutional placements

•Expanded DYS specialized placements by increasing number of alcohol/drug treatment beds, girls boot camp placements, long term care beds and male/female placements in the wilderness program
•Increased reimbursement to traditional foster families and families caring for medically fragile child placements •Decreased tobacco sales to minors by 15% through stronger state enforcement of vendor compliance •Provided funding to enhance school safety of individual school systems for the purchase of metal detectors, surveillance equipment, and other needed school safety enhancements

•Funded 19 programs for “at-risk” youth through a statewide system of Family Resource Centers to provide “gap” services for children and families
•Sponsored training for coroners, DAs and local Death Review Teams to enhance the investigation of child deaths through forensic science •Upgraded Juvenile Probation services Provided by Children First Foundation

Children’s Policy Councils
Originated as Juvenile Justice Coordinating Councils to serve adjudicated youth Changed by legislature to broaden number of children served Head of council by legislative mandate is Juvenile Judge in each county 15 mandated members plus members-at-large Charged with improving services for youth, promoting collaboration between service agencies, and identifying gaps in services provided

Mandates of CPC
• •

Quarterly Meetings Needs Assessment (annual)

•Education •Early Care and Education •Economic Security

Resource Directory

An early learning initiative addressing the issues identified for children, ages 0-5, emerging from the Early Learning Commission Report (July, 2001).
• TEACH – a scholarship program for credentialing of childcare providers and workers

• Parenting Kit – video and book for all parents of newborns in the state
Alabama Partnership for Children – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on policy issues, programs, and public awareness for children’s issues, ages zero to five. The initial focus will be the implementation of the Governor’s Early Learning Commission (GELC) report.


Play It Again, Alabama
Donation and refurbishment of used musical instruments for distribution to children who could not otherwise afford them

Collection points: Bruno’s Alabama Power Co.

(334)223-0712 (205)492-PIAA
Office of the Governor

Other Programs Offered by the Governor’s Office on National and Community Service
Alabama’s Promise – provides skills for youth to become successful adults
an on-going relationship with a caring adult: mentor, tutor, coach safe places and structured activities during non-school hours in order to learn and grow a healthy start and future a marketable skill through effective education an opportunity to give back through community service

High Hopes – a mentoring/tutoring program to help all high school seniors pass the Exit Exam AmeriCorps - Alabama


How Do We Fit With You?
We encourage collaboration with other agencies, programs to increase the use of funding dollars to improve the services to children.
We promote BEST PRACTICES throughout the state in each of our Children’s Policy Councils and encourage agencies not to re-invent the wheel. We encourage CPCs to include youth on their councils to get input from youth on needs for services.

We recognize outstanding service with discretionary grants presented through the annual Commissioner’s Awards. We have contracted with ADECA to provide thirty-one Youth Development Facilitator positions across the State. These employees work for the Children’s Policy Councils to assist youth ages 14 -21 to overcome barriers to education and employment. We worked with the Children’s Trust Fund to provide Executive Directors for seven Children’s Policy Councils.

Barbara R. Williams, Field Director

Letha W. Stuckey, Field Director Frank J. Burkes, Field Director

Barbara R. Williams, Field Director

Cell phone (334)318-5051

Letha W. Stuckey, Field Director Cell phone (334) 318-5065

Frank Burkes, Field Director Cell Phone (334) 318-5056

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