INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Child Services will reallocate $37.8 million to various services aiding abused and neglected children, officials announced Wednesday.
Last year the agency reverted more than $100 million to the state general fund to build the state surplus.
But this year they are keeping more money for services and are reverting only $16 million.
“We still have funds available to promote and implement programs,” said John Ryan, chief of staff for the agency. “We’re spending more wisely.”
The $37.8 million will be spent on five programs over the next three years:
- Community Partners will receive an additional $5.3 million each year to provide services ensuring a safe and stable environment at home for children.
- Healthy Families will receive an additional $2 million a year to provide preventative services to high-risk families with children up to three years old.
- Relative Care will receive an additional $2 million each year to cover additional services for relatives caring for children who have been removed from their homes.
- Concrete Support Services will receive an additional $1.3 million a year to provide food, shelter for families.
- A new program – After-Care services – will receive $2 million a year to provide services to families for six months after its DCS case is closed.
The newly-identified spending is a reallocation of money within its existing budget as the agency spends less on foster and institutional care.
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