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Group (Congregate) Care Services and Related Programs

4800-0041

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $278,593,375 $278,593,375
FY17 $275,476,418 $269,443,597
FY16 $270,001,357 $259,271,458
FY15 $255,596,686 $243,802,414
FY14 $226,899,099 $214,888,950
FY13 $204,948,290 $191,128,991
FY12 $213,779,636 $196,064,169
FY11 $223,450,159 $199,086,480
FY10 $251,654,713 $219,854,417
FY09 $258,999,960 $224,066,091
FY08 $271,297,595 $231,463,415
FY07 $297,221,714 $244,510,465
FY06 $294,263,044 $235,944,538
FY05 $285,480,193 $220,570,016
FY04 $281,105,455 $210,854,753
FY03 $286,089,203 $209,961,660
FY02 $271,889,960 $195,239,680
FY01 $232,278,106 $163,892,923
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Funding for Group (Congregate) Care Services and Related Programs
2.7%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Funding for Alternative Residential Programs for sexually aggressive children was a distinct line item from FY01-FY02, but starting in FY03 was incorporated into Group Care Services. In FY13, $774,000 from Group Care Services was transferred to the Alternative Lockup Program.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Group Care Services funds the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) contracted congregate care programs, including residential and group care placements. A further provision allocates funds for intensive community-based services for children who would otherwise be placed in congregate settings.

Congregate care programs are utilized for children with needs that cannot be met in other placements – home, kinship placement or foster care. There are three main variations of congregate care in Massachusetts: 1) Stabilization and Rapid Reintegration (STARR) programs are short term placements for emergency situations or assessment; 2) group homes for children who need specialty care; and 3) long term residential placements for children who need a higher level of safety than can be provided in a foster or group home. Long term facilities may also have sub-specialties such as services specifically designed to care for children who have been sexually abused.

In 2005, DCF introduced a new model of care, "Family Networks." Based on DCF's six core values, Family Networks increases child and family participation in the process while striving to keep families together. DCF's new Integrated Casework Practice Model (ICPM) continues this aim by redesigning DCF's practices to better align with child permanency and family strengthening goals. Through ICPM, DCF introduced differential response which creates multiple tracks for families. Families involved in initial assessment cases no longer have a perpetrator (often a male family member) identified and blamed. This allows DCF to work more collaboratively with families to build strengths and keep children at home.

DCF has increasingly emphasized community based solutions to keep children at home. Providing services to children and families in their own communities is balanced with DCF's child protection mission. As part of this policy shift, DCF uses funds in this line item to provide intensive in-home support and stabilization services. Area review teams evaluate the feasibility of maintaining the child in the community wherever possible.

At the end of the FY 2013 second quarter, 1,659 children were in a congregate care placement, over 20 percent less that in the FY 2009 second quarter. However, the number of kids in congregate care increased to 1,873 by the end of the FY 2014 third quarter, an increase of over 10 percent in a little over a year. That increase has continued with 1,915 kids in a congregate care placement at the of the FY 2015 first quarter.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $278,593,375 $278,593,375
FY18 Leg $278,593,375 $278,593,375
FY18 Sen $280,464,507 $280,464,507
FY18 SWM $280,464,507 $280,464,507
FY18 Hou $280,439,700 $280,439,700
FY18 HWM $280,439,700 $280,439,700
FY18 Gov $279,454,551 $279,454,551
FY17 $275,476,418 $269,443,597

Notes

  • Funding for Alternative Residential Programs for sexually aggressive children was a distinct line item from FY01-FY02, but starting in FY03 was incorporated into Group Care Services. In FY13, $774,000 from Group Care Services was transferred to the Alternative Lockup Program.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.