Urge Senators to Support Full Funding for CPS and Medicaid TODAY!

The Arizona State Senate introduced 10 budget bills this week and is expected to vote on budget bills during Committee of the Whole today. Of these 10 budget bills, SB 1483 (2013-2013; general appropriations) includes the Senate proposed funding levels for Child Protective Services (CPS).

The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence stands with various advocacy groups across the state in support of Governor Brewer’s CPS funding proposal. The Governor’s proposal includes $77 million additional funding for CPS that is the minimum funding level CPS requires in order to meet the need for services in this state. We appreciate the additional funding that is being added by the SB 1483, however the proposal introduced by Senate leadership falls short of the Governor’s proposal. The identified funding gaps in SB 1438 include:

  • $10 million for Children Support Services (parent aid, substance abuse treatment and additional services that help parents to safely reunify with their children)
  • $17 million more for emergency and residential placement so that children who cannot remain at home have safe places to go
  • $6 million more for compensation of additional CPS caseworkers

Contact your Senator immediately and urge him/her to fill these funding gaps before voting in support of this budget.

To find your Senator, locate your legislative district by clicking here. Then, click here to find his/her contact information.

What to say in your email to your Senator:

Tell them why it is imperative that you they support the Governor’s full funding for CPS and why they need to fill in the funding gaps before supporting the Senate budget proposal. You can use the following talking points as a template:

  • My name is _____ and I am a [constituent/victim advocate/survivor].
  • Domestic violence and child abuse co-occur in up to 80% of cases.
  • The purpose of Child Protective Services (CPS) is to connect children with safe and permanent families.
  • Additional staff will not help meet the goal of CPS without the supportive services in place to help families in need.
  • The Governor’s proposal for CPS called for $77 million in additional funds, which the Senate proposal falls short on.
  • The Senate proposal needs to, at minimum, fill in the gaps for the following services in order for CPS to meet their increased need and connect families to services:
    • $10 million for Children Support Services (parent aid, substance abuse treatment and additional services that help parents to safely reunify with their children)
    • $17 million more for emergency and residential placement so that children who cannot remain at home have safe places to go
    • $1 million more for compensation of additional CPS caseworkers
  • I urge you to fill in the funding gaps for CPS before supporting the budget in the Senate today.
  • Thank you for your consideration and your commitment to keeping victims and their children safe.

Additionally, missing from the budget proposal is language on the Medicaid Restoration. Along with the Governor and advocacy groups across the state, we are in support of the full expansion of Medicaid in Arizona. There will be an amendment on the Senate floor today that will include the Medicaid Expansion language.

In your e-mail to your Senator today please urge him/her to support the amendment to the budget proposal that calls for the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion proposal!

If you have questions, please contact the Systems Advocacy Department at 602-279-2900.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!

Thanks for your advocacy!