RD713 - Annual Report on the Impact of Tiered Match Rates for the Children’s Services Act (FY2021)
As established in the Appropriation Act, funding for services to children and families through the Children's Services Act (CSA) is a shared responsibility of state and local government. Effective July 1, 2008, the General Assembly implemented a three-tiered, "incentive-based" local match rate model to encourage reduced utilization of residential care, increase children served in their homes, and investment in community-based services. This policy-driven match rate model promotes 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.
Before 2008, CSA utilized a single, unique base match rate for each locality. Under the tiered ("incentive") 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. Local base match rates range from 16.98% to 53.09%. The average local base match rate is 32.99%.