Reprinted

April 10, 2007





ENGROSSED

HOUSE BILL No. 1406

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DIGEST OF HB 1406 (Updated April 9, 2007 3:41 pm - DI 110)



Citations Affected: IC 31-9; IC 31-25.

Synopsis: Kinship caregivers. Requires the department of child services to: (1) collaborate with nonprofit community based agencies to develop a grant proposal for submission to potential funding sources for the purpose of establishing kinship care navigator pilot projects to assist kinship caregivers with understanding and navigating the system of services for children; and (2) report annually to the legislative council and the governor on the kinship care navigator pilot projects. Establishes requirements for: (1) the pilot projects; and (2) kinship care navigators. Provides that implementation of the kinship care navigator pilot projects is contingent upon receipt of nonstate or private funding for the projects.

Effective: July 1, 2007.





Dickinson, Summers
(SENATE SPONSORS _ LUBBERS, SIPES, ROGERS)




    January 16, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs.
    February 15, 2007, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
    February 19, 2007, read second time, ordered engrossed. Engrossed.
    February 26, 2007, read third time, passed. Yeas 99, nays 0.

SENATE ACTION

    March 5, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.
    April 5, 2007, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
    April 9, 2007, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.





Reprinted

April 10, 2007

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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ENGROSSED

HOUSE BILL No. 1406



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 31-9-2-72.5; (07)EH1406.2.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 31-9-2-72.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 72.5. (a) "Kinship caregiver", for purposes of IC 31-25-2-20, means a person who is:
        (1) at least eighteen (18) years of age;
        (2) related to a child by blood, adoption, or marriage or is a godparent or stepparent of the child; and
        (3) the primary caregiver for and provider of financial support of a child described in subdivision (2) who is residing with the person.
    (b) The term includes a grandparent, a great grandparent, a sibling, an uncle, an aunt, a nephew, a niece, or a first cousin.

SOURCE: IC 31-9-2-72.6; (07)EH1406.2.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 31-9-2-72.6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 72.6. "Kinship care navigator", for purposes of IC 31-25-2-20, means a person that assists kinship caregivers with understanding and navigating the system of services for children

in out-of-home care under the pilot projects established under IC 31-25-2-20.

SOURCE: IC 31-25-2-20; (07)EH1406.2.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 31-25-2-20 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 20. (a) The department shall collaborate with at least one (1) nonprofit community based agency to develop a grant proposal for submission to potential funding sources, including governmental entities and private foundations, to establish a minimum of three (3) kinship care navigator pilot projects to assist kinship caregivers with understanding and navigating the system of services for children in out-of-home care.
    (b) The proposal under subsection (a) must seek to do the following:
        (1) Divide the whole state into the following three (3) regions:
            (A) Northern Indiana.
            (B) Central Indiana.
            (C) Southern Indiana.
        (2) Establish at least one (1) kinship care navigator pilot project in each region described under subdivision (1) with each project managed by a participating community based agency.

     (c) A person who acts as a kinship care navigator under the kinship care navigator pilot project shall be required to do the following:
        (1) Have an understanding of the various state agency systems serving kinship caregivers.
        (2) Work in partnership with local community service providers.
        (3) Track trends, concerns, and other factors related to kinship caregivers.
        (4) Assist in establishing stable, respectful relationships between kinship caregivers and department staff.
    (d) The implementation of the kinship care navigator pilot projects are contingent upon receipt of nonstate or private funding for the pilot projects.
    (e) The department shall report annually to the:
        (1) legislative council in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6; and
        (2) governor;
on the implementation of the kinship care navigator pilot projects with recommendations on statewide implementation of the pilot projects beginning one (1) year after implementation of the pilot

projects.
    (f) The report under subsection (e) must:
        (1) provide data that demonstrates whether the kinship care navigator pilot projects reduced barriers of access to services by kinship caregivers;
        (2) identify statutory and administrative barriers for kinship caregivers; and
        (3) provide recommendations to reduce or eliminate the barriers to services without adverse consequences to children placed with kinship caregivers.
    (g) This SECTION expires January 1, 2011.