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Union Calendar No. 113 106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1802 [Report No. 106-182, Part I] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to provide States with more funding and greater flexibility in carrying out programs designed to help children make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ June 25, 1999 Committee on Commerce discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed Union Calendar No. 113 106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1802 [Report No. 106-182, Part I] To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to provide States with more funding and greater flexibility in carrying out programs designed to help children make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 13, 1999 Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut (for herself and Mr. Cardin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned June 10, 1999 Reported from the Committee on Ways and Means with an amendment [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic] June 10, 1999 Referral to the Committee on Commerce extended for a period ending not later than June 25, 1999 June 25, 1999 Committee on Commerce discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on May 13, 1999] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to provide States with more funding and greater flexibility in carrying out programs designed to help children make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Foster Care Independence Act of 1999''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--IMPROVED INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM Subtitle A--Improved Independent Living Program Sec. 101. Improved independent living program. Subtitle B--Related Foster Care Provision Sec. 111. Increase in amount of assets allowable for children in foster care. Subtitle C--Medicaid Amendments Sec. 121. State option of medicaid coverage for adolescents leaving foster care. TITLE II--SSI FRAUD PREVENTION Subtitle A--Fraud Prevention and Related Provisions Sec. 201. Liability of representative payees for overpayments to deceased recipients. Sec. 202. Recovery of overpayments of SSI benefits from lump sum SSI benefit payments. Sec. 203. Additional debt collection practices. Sec. 204. Requirement to provide State prisoner information to Federal and federally assisted benefit programs. Sec. 205. Rules relating to collection of overpayments from individuals convicted of crimes. Sec. 206. Treatment of assets held in trust under the SSI program. Sec. 207. Disposal of resources for less than fair market value under the SSI program. Sec. 208. Administrative procedure for imposing penalties for false or misleading statements. Sec. 209. Exclusion of representatives and health care providers convicted of violations from participation in social security programs. Sec. 210. State data exchanges. Sec. 211. Study on possible measures to improve fraud prevention and administrative processing. Sec. 212. Annual report on amounts necessary to combat fraud. Sec. 213. Computer matches with medicare and medicaid institutionalization data. Sec. 214. Access to information held by financial institutions. Subtitle B--Benefits for Filipino Veterans of World War II Sec. 251. Provision of reduced SSI benefit to certain individuals who provided service to the Armed Forces of the United States in the Philippines during World War II after they move back to the Philippines. TITLE III--CHILD SUPPORT Sec. 301. Elimination of hold harmless provision for State share of distribution of collected child support. TITLE IV--TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS Sec. 401. Technical corrections relating to amendments made by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. TITLE I--IMPROVED INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM Subtitle A--Improved Independent Living Program SEC. 101. IMPROVED INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following: (1) States are required to make reasonable efforts to find adoptive families for all children, including older children, for whom reunification with their biological family is not in the best interests of the child. However, some older children will continue to live in foster care. These children should be enrolled in an Independent Living program designed and conducted by State and local government to help prepare them for employment, postsecondary education, and successful management of adult responsibilities. (2) About 20,000 adolescents leave the Nation's foster care system each year because they have reached 18 years of age and are expected to support themselves. (3) Congress has received extensive information that adolescents leaving foster care have significant difficulty making a successful transition to adulthood; this information shows that children aging out of foster care show high rates of homelessness, non-marital childbearing, poverty, and delinquent or criminal behavior; they are also frequently the target of crime and physical assaults. (4) The Nation's State and local governments, with financial support from the Federal Government, should offer an extensive program of education, training, employment, and financial support for young adults leaving foster care, with participation in such program beginning several years before high school graduation and continuing, as needed, until the young adults emancipated from foster care establish independence or reach 21 years of age. (b) Improved Independent Living Program.--Section 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677) is amended to read as follows: ``SEC. 477. INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM. ``(a) Purpose.--The purpose of this section is to provide States with flexible funding that will enable programs to be designed and conducted-- ``(1) to identify children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age and to design programs that help these children make the transition to self-sufficiency by providing services such as assistance in obtaining a high school diploma, career exploration, vocational training, job placement and retention, training in daily living skills, training in budgeting and financial management skills, substance abuse prevention, and preventive health activities (including smoking avoidance, nutrition education, and pregnancy prevention); ``(2) to help children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age receive the education, training, and services necessary to obtain employment; ``(3) to help children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age prepare for and enter postsecondary training and education institutions; ``(4) to provide personal and emotional support to children aging out of foster care, through mentors and the promotion of interactions with dedicated adults; and ``(5) to provide financial, housing, counseling, employment, education, and other appropriate support and services to former foster care recipients between 18 and 21 years of age to complement their own efforts to achieve self- sufficiency and to assure that program participants recognize and accept their personal responsibility for preparing for and then making the transition from adolescence to adulthood. ``(b) Applications.-- ``(1) In general.--A State may apply for funds from its allotment under subsection (c) for a period of 5 consecutive fiscal years by submitting to the Secretary, in writing, a plan that meets the requirements of paragraph (2) and the certifications required by paragraph (3) with respect to the plan. ``(2) State plan.--A plan meets the requirements of this paragraph if the plan specifies which State agency or agencies will administer, supervise, or oversee the programs carried out under the plan, and describes how the State intends to do the following: ``(A) Design and deliver programs to achieve the purposes of this section. ``(B) Ensure that all political subdivisions in the State are served by the program, though not necessarily in a uniform manner. ``(C) Ensure that the programs serve children of various ages and at various stages of achieving independence. ``(D) Involve the public and private sectors in helping adolescents in foster care achieve independence. ``(E) Use objective criteria for determining eligibility for benefits and services under the programs, and for ensuring fair and equitable treatment of benefit recipients. ``(F) Cooperate in national evaluations of the effects of the programs in achieving the purposes of this section. ``(3) Certifications.--The certifications required by this paragraph with respect to a plan are the following: ``(A) A certification by the chief executive officer of the State that the State will provide assistance and services to children who have left foster care but have not attained 21 years of age. ``(B) A certification by the chief executive officer of the State that not more than 30 percent of the amounts paid to the State from its allotment under subsection (c) for a fiscal year will be expended for room or board for children who have left foster care and have attained 18 years of age but not 21 years of age. ``(C) A certification by the chief executive officer of the State that none of the amounts paid to the State from its allotment under subsection (c) will be expended for room or board for any child who has not attained 18 years of age. ``(D) A certification by the chief executive officer of the State that the State will use training funds provided under the program of Federal payments for foster care and adoption assistance to provide training to help foster parents, workers in group homes, and case managers understand and address the issues confronting adolescents preparing for independent living, and will, to the extent possible, coordinate such training with the independent living program conducted for adolescents. ``(E) A certification by the chief executive officer of the State that the State has consulted widely with public and private organizations in developing the plan and that the State has given all interested members of the public at least 30 days to submit comments on the plan. ``(F) A certification by the chief executive
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