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    “Support the most vulnerable Kentuckians”

    Kentucky’s Health and Social Services Recovery Act funds support the Commonwealth’s commitment to assist those in greatest need during the nationwide recovery. With the funding, the Commonwealth can continue to provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable Kentuckians including children, the disabled and the elderly. Programs include direct income assistance, child care, community services, healthcare and nutrition. Health and Social Services funding includes an increased match in federal awards for Kentucky’s Medicaid Program, representing the single largest state program receiving ARRA assistance.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Emergency

TANF is a block grant program to help move recipients into work and turn welfare into a program of temporary assistance.  Under the welfare reform legislation of 1996, TANF replaced the old welfare programs known as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) program, and the Emergency Assistance (EA) program.  The law ended Federal entitlement to assistance and instead created TANF as a block grant to the Commonwealth.

Amount of Award: $1,202,347.00

State Administering Agency: Community Based Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Immunization

Federal immunization funding is to be used to establish and maintain a statewide immunization program to prevent and control transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases.  Grant funds may be used for expenses associated with planning, organizing, and conducting immunization programs.  Grant funds may also be used for:  the purchase of vaccine, surveillance, outbreak control, education, compliance with compulsory school immunization laws, citizen participation, storage, and delivery.  Vaccine purchased with grant funds may be provided to private practitioners who agree not to charge for vaccine

Amount of Award: $2,686,741.00

State Administering Agency: Cabinet for Health and Family Services-Department of Public Health

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Senior Nutrition Programs

Funds provide for the following nutrition services:  congregate meals served to persons age 60 and over at senior citizen centers and home-delivered meals for homebound elderly.  These funds are provided through the Area Agencies on Aging.

Amount of Award: $1,356,017.00

State Administering Agency: Cabinet for Health and Family Services- Aging and Independent Living

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Foster Care/Adoption Assistance-Title IV-E

Funds are used to provide out of home care in a foster care setting and to support adoptive placement for children with special needs.  Funds may also used for design, implementation and operation of a statewide data collection system.  Adoption Assistance funds are used in support of the adoption of children who meet the definition of special needs as specified in the Law.  About 55% of over 7,000 children in foster care and about 85% of 6,000 children in adoptive placements are eligible for IV-E reimbursement.  The Recovery Act increased the federal match rate for IV-E expenditures to the same increased federal match for Medicaid expenditures.  

Amount of Award: $12,900,000.00

State Administering Agency: Community Based Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Emergency Food Assistance-TEFAP Commodities and Administration

Program provides commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to States to supplement the diets of low-income persons by providing healthful foods at no cost.  Commodity foods are made available to state approved local distributing agencies, usually food banks, for distribution to needy households for use in preparing meals for home consumption, or to organizations that prepare and provide meals.  Recipients of food for home use must meet program eligibility set by State under Federal Guidelines.

Amount of Award: $2,483,287.00

State Administering Agency: Kentucky Department of Agriculture; Local Distributing Agencies (Food Banks)

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Agriculture

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamp) Administration

Provides funding for administrative costs incurred by State and local agencies to operate the Food Stamp Program.  Federal funds provide 50% of State administrative costs, including the costs of food stamp fraud investigations and prosecutions, costs of developing certain computer systems, and the costs incurred in the verification of alien status.

Amount of Award: $5,707,850.00

State Administering Agency: Community Based Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Agriculture

AmeriCorps State and National-State Commissions

AmeriCorps engages individuals in service to local community organizations to help the organization to achieve its missions and build community involvement and support.  AmeriCorps members may receive a small stipend to offset living expenses.  Recovery Act funds will permit more unemployed persons to serve their communities as an AmeriCorps member by increasing “slots” for existing grantees in programs such as tutoring students in math and reading, workforce readiness; emergency, transitional or permanent housing; and services to at-risk low-income seniors to help them remain in their own homes.

Amount of Award: $412,642.00

State Administering Agency: Cabinet for Health and Family Services-Family Resource Centers

Federally Awarding Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service

Child Care & Development Fund

Grants to States for child care assistance for low income families.  Assists States in providing child care to parents trying to achieve independence from public assistance.  Assists States in implementing the health, safety, licensing, and registration standards established in State regulations

Amount of Award: $34,898,645.00

State Administering Agency: Cabinet for Health and Family Services-Community Based Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Child Support Incentives

Supports child support enforcement services directly to individuals who are receiving federally funded Foster Care Maintenance Payments, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (or those who cease to receive TANF), and to individuals not otherwise eligible for such services.  The State must provide services to locate absent parents, establish paternity, and enforce support obligations.   The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement provides a federal match for state administrative costs for operating a child support enforcement program.  States can receive federal performance incentive payments if the program meets performance measures such as establishing paternity, collecting arrearages, and others. 

Amount of Award: $28,849,765.00

State Administering Agency: Community Based Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Community Services Block Grant

Funds may be used to provide assistance to the local communities, working through a network of community action agencies, for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.  Funds are also used to provide assistance with employment, education, housing, and emergency assistance.

Amount of Award: $16,856,592.00

State Administering Agency: Community Based Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Agriculture

Medicaid

Increase federal match from October, 2008 – December, 2010.  Current Federal share increased from 70.13% to 78.61%. States may not reduce services or eligibility

Amount of Award: $990,000,000.00

State Administering Agency: Cabinet for Health and Family Services- Medicaid Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human

Medicaid-Disproportionate Share Payments to Hospitals

Federal law requires state Medicaid programs to make payments to hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of low-income patients with special needs.  Funding provides an increase of 2.5 percent from October, 2008 – December, 2010.

Amount of Award: $3,551,038.00

State Administering Agency: Medicaid Services

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Health and Human