RD576 - Annual Report on the Impact of Tiered Match Rates for the Children’s Services Act (FY2020)
As established through the Appropriation Act, funding for services to children and families under the Children's Services Act (CSA) is a shared responsibility of state and local government. Effective July 1, 2008, a three-tiered, "incentive-based" match rate system was implemented to encourage practice changes to reduce residential care utilization, increase children served in their homes, and encourage investment of funds in community-based services. This policy-driven match rate model encourages the delivery of services consistent with the statutory purposes of the CSA (see § 2.2-5200, Code of Virginia) to:
• preserve and strengthen families;
• design and provide services that are responsive to the unique and diverse strengths and needs of troubled youth and families; and
• provide appropriate services in the least restrictive environment, while protecting the welfare of children and maintaining the safety of the public.
The CSA established unique, locality-specific base match rates (pre-2008). Under the tiered ("incentive") match rate model, the local match rate for residential services is 25% above its base match rate, and for community-based services, 50% below its base match rate. Designated services (foster care and special education) remain at the base match rate. The local base match rates range from 16.98% to 53.09%. The average local base match rate is 32.99%.