H. B. 2399
(By Delegates Amores, Mahan and Spencer)
[Introduced February 16, 2005
; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto three new sections, designated §5-26-9,
§5-26-10 and §5-26-11, all relating to family resource
centers; requiring the governor's cabinet on children and
families to develop and implement a pilot plan establishing a
system of family resource centers; providing for grants to
local centers; and requiring oversight and monitoring.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto three new sections, designated §5-26-9, §5-26-10
all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 26. GOVERNOR'S CABINET ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
§5-26-9. Formulation of pilot program for implementing family
(a) The cabinet shall formulate and implement a pilot plan to encourage the establishment of a system of local starting points
family resource centers designed to meet the needs of children and
their families. The plan, at a minimum shall provide:
(1) For centers that provide core services to support
families, that are developmental in nature, respond to local crises
and enhance students' abilities to succeed in school and families
(2) That students and families who are the most economically
and socially disadvantaged receive priority status for receiving
services when resources are limited;
(3) That the centers are operated in collaboration with local
schools, community based organizations and local service providers;
(4) That existing resources be identified and coordinated to
avoid duplication of services;
(5) That each center's program follows standard guidelines set
forth in this bill;
(6) That centers provide core services the communities need,
as indicated by the communities through forums, focus groups and
surveys, and which may include:
(A) Developmental programs for children from birth though five
years of age, such as, but not limited to, starting points
curricula, childcare, head start and public school preschool;
(B) After school programs and educational activities for
children and youth such as third base, play group and family times;
(C) Programs to encourage parent involvement as the child's
first teacher, such as parents as teachers, MIHOW and healthy
(D) Information, referral and directional services;
(E) Referrals and access to health and social services;
(F) Family crisis and mental health counseling and referral;
(G) Access to adult basic education programs, including
computer training and coordination with the West Virginia works
(H) Coordination of welfare to work efforts.
(7) Centers may also engage optional services in the areas of:
(A) Health and nutrition;
(B) Child care;
(C) Recreation; and
(D) Personal development.
(b) The plan in no way may diminish the opportunities for
continuing the development of family resource networks, which may
provide planning, coordinating and research to enhance the
development of family resource centers.
§5-26-10. Grants to support family resource centers.
(a) A grant program is established to provide financial
assistance to entities in establishing family resource centers. The
cabinet or designee shall award the grants pursuant to this section
and reasonable criteria it develops. The cabinet or designee may use any funds made available from state, federal or other source in
making grants to a center.
(b) The cabinet or designee shall prepare and make grant
applications available through family resource networks to local
nonprofit organizations qualified under the Internal Revenue
Service provisions of 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3), schools and other
qualified community-based organizations. The application shall
contain detailed instructions. The cabinet or designee shall
provide assistance in preparing grant applications to entities
requesting assistance. The grant application shall require, at a
minimum, that the applicant submit:
(1) A statement establishing need for the grant;
(2) Proposed goals and outcomes;
(3) A description of the services and programs to be provided
by the center;
(4) A description of how the services and programs will be
(5) A description of how the families and children will be
(6) A description of how a director and staff of volunteers
will manage the day-to-day operation of the center;
(7) Written endorsement of other service providers that the
center will use in providing services;
(8) A description of the center's local advisory board;
(9) A description of procedures to be followed to obtain
parental permission for services and for sharing confidential
information with other service providers. Procedures shall be
developed pursuant, but not limited to, federal and state laws;
(10) A plan to minimize stigma attached to children and other
persons using the services provided by the center;
(11) A work plan for addressing how it will recruit, train and
(12) Job descriptions for staff or volunteers;
(13) A description of the center location and accessibility;
(14) A description of the hours of operation;
(15) A description of self-evaluation procedures the center
will use to determine it is meeting its goals and the universal
(16) Letters of endorsement and commitment to the center from
community leaders; and
(17) Certification of grant applicant, organization, and tax
(c) The cabinet or designee shall establish grant application
review procedures and guidelines to ensure that applications for
grants are fairly reviewed and scored. At a minimum the cabinet or
designee shall provide for grant proposal review teams of diverse
individuals. The cabinet or designee shall appoint the reviewers.
The reviewers shall review and score grant applications submitted and recommend action. The cabinet or designee shall make the final
decision on grant applications. The cabinet or designee shall
notify each applicant of the decision on its grant application.
Grant scoring procedures shall be made available to all applicants.
§5-26-11. Oversight and monitoring of family resource centers.
(a) The cabinet or designee shall provide, or provide through
contract, technical assistance and training for the centers
receiving financial assistance. The cabinet or designee shall
assist the centers with staff development. The cabinet or designee
shall provide centrally located workshops to provide training or
other educational assistance for the staff of the centers.
Technical assistance and training provided shall be documented and
reported to the cabinet or designee. Each grant recipient shall
submit a quarterly written report to the cabinet or designee on the
status of the center.
(b) The cabinet or designee shall monitor the effectiveness of
the programs provided by and the administration of the family
resource centers receiving assistance based on grant approval
documents and predetermined quality indicators.
(c) Centers are encouraged to implement activities that
provide children and families with:
(1) Ongoing mentoring or tutoring relationships with adults;
(2) Safe places to learn and grow;
(3) Marketable skills through effective education;
(4) A healthy start to life; and
(5) An opportunity to help others.
(d) The cabinet or designee shall monitor those entities
receiving grants to ensure that all grant funds are expended in
accordance with the provisions of the grant application and any
grant approval document.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the Governor's
Cabinet on Children and Families to create and implement a plan to
encourage the establishment of family resource centers.
These sections are new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.