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Protecting Families Affected by Substance Abuse Act

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Mr. Fitzpatrick and Mr. Macmillan, with thanks to Mr. Grassley introduced the following bill; 

A BILL
To amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to reauthorize grants to assist children affected by methamphetamine, opioid, 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 “Protecting Families Affected by Substance Abuse Act”.

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

(a) Reauthorization.—

(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—Section 436(b)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 629f(b)(5)) is amended by inserting “In addition to any amount appropriated pursuant to section 436, there are authorized to be appropriated for awarding grants under section 437(f) $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2021.” after “2017.”.

(2) PROGRAM AUTHORITY.—Section 437(f) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 629g(f)) is amended—

(A) in paragraph (2)(B)—

(i) in clause (i), by inserting “and such State child welfare agency should coordinate to a reasonable degree with the State agency described in subparagraph (A)(ii)” after “partners”; and

(ii) in clause (iii), by inserting “and the State agencies described in such clause (i) and (ii) should coordinate to a reasonable degree with each other in carrying out activities funded in whole or in part with funds provided through a grant awarded under this subsection” after “other State agency described in such clause (i) or (ii)”;

(B) in paragraph (3)(A), by inserting “and for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2021” after “2017”; and

(C) in paragraph (10), by striking “each of fiscal years 2012 through 2017 ” and inserting “any fiscal year”.

(3) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this subsection take effect on October 1, 2018.

(b) Evaluations.—Not later than December 31, 2021 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;

(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, opioid, 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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PES:
Protecting Families Affected by Substance Abuse Act, will reauthorize $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2021. These grants will help children in foster care or at risk of being placed there because of their parents' drug habits.

Edited by Shiggy

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