S 1234

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1234

To amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to reauthorize grants to assist children affected by methamphetamine or other substance abuse under the promoting safe and stable families program.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 20 (legislative day, June 16), 2011

Mr. GRASSLEY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to reauthorize grants to assist children affected by methamphetamine or other substance abuse under the promoting safe and stable families program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Partners for Stable Families and Foster Youth Affected by Methamphetamine or Other Substance Abuse Act'.

SEC. 2. REAUTHORIZATION OF GRANTS TO ASSIST CHILDREN AFFECTED BY METHAMPHETAMINE OR OTHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

    (a) Reauthorization-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Section 437(f) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 629g(f)) is amended--

        (A) in paragraph (3)--

          (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking `2011' and inserting `2016';

          (ii) in subparagraph (B), by inserting `, unless in the judgment of the Secretary, the grant should be renewed for an additional period of not more than 2 fiscal years' before the period; and

          (iii) by adding at the end the following:

        `(C) RESERVATION OF FUNDS FOR NEW GRANTEES- The Secretary shall reserve a portion of the amounts appropriated or reserved for awarding grants under this subsection for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 for awarding grants to regional partnerships that have not been awarded a grant under this subsection in any of fiscal years 2007 through 2011.';

        (B) in paragraph (6)(A)--

          (i) in clause (ii), by striking `and' after the semicolon;

          (ii) in clause (iii), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

          (iii) by adding at the end the following:

          `(iv) 70 percent for the sixth such fiscal year; and

          `(v) 65 percent for the seventh such fiscal year.'; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

      `(10) LIMITATION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF THE SECRETARY- Not more than 5 percent of the amounts appropriated or reserved for awarding grants under this subsection for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 may be used by the Secretary for salaries and Department of Health and Human Services administrative expenses.'.

      (2) FUNDING- Section 436(b)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 629f(b)(5)) is amended--

        (A) in subparagraph (C), by striking `and' after the semicolon;

        (B) in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

        `(E) $40,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.'.

      (3) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection take effect on October 1, 2011.

    (b) Evaluations- Not later than December 31, 2012, and not later than December 31, 2017, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall evaluate the effectiveness of the grants awarded to regional partnerships under section 437(f) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 629g(f)) and shall publish a report regarding the results of each evaluation on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services. Each report required to be published under this subsection shall include--

      (1) an evaluation of the programs and activities conducted, and the services provided, with the grant funds awarded under such section for fiscal years 2007 through 2011, in the case of the evaluation required by December 31, 2012, and for fiscal years 2012 through 2016, in the case of the evaluation required by December 31, 2017;

      (2) an analysis of the regional partnerships awarded such grants that have, and have not, been successful in achieving the goals and outcomes specified in their grant applications and with respect to the performance indicators established by the Secretary under paragraph (8) of such section that are applicable to their grant awards; and

      (3) an analysis of the extent to which such grants have been successful in addressing the needs of families with methamphetamine or other substance abuse problems who come to the attention of the child welfare system and in achieving the goals of child safety, permanence, and family stability.

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