HB550 (2019) Detail

Extending foster care beyond age 18.


CHAPTER 175

HB 550-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

14Feb2019... 0301h

2019 SESSION

19-0421

05/10

 

HOUSE BILL 550-FN

 

AN ACT extending foster care beyond age 18.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. W. Pearson, Ches. 16; Rep. Ford, Graf. 3; Rep. Stringham, Graf. 5

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the department of health and human services to submit an amendment to the state plan under 24 U.S.C. section 641 to provide foster care services to certain individuals between 18 and 21 years of age.  The bill also directs the department to extend eligibility for Chafee funds from 21 to 23 years of age.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

14Feb2019... 0301h 19-0421

05/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT extending foster care beyond age 18.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

175:1  New Section; Extension of Foster Care Beyond the Age of 18.  Amend RSA 170-E by inserting after section 52 the following new section:

170-E:53  Extension of Foster Care Beyond the Age of 18.  

I.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall, not later than 6 months after the effective date of this section, submit an amendment to the state plan required by 42 U.S.C. section 671 to the United States secretary of health and human services to implement 42 U.S.C. section 675(8) to make federal payments for foster care under Title IV-E directly on behalf of any person who meets the following requirements:

(a)  The person has attained the age of 18 but not attained the age of 21.

(b)  The person was in the custody of the department of health and human services upon attaining the age of 18.

(c)  The person signs a voluntary participation agreement.

(d)  The person:

(1)  Is completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential; or

(2)  Is enrolled in an institution that provides postsecondary or vocational education; or

(3)  Is participating in a program or activity designed to promote, or remove barriers to, employment; or

(4)  Is employed for at least 80 hours per month; or

(5)  Is incapable of doing any of the activities described in subparagraphs (1)-(4) due to a medical condition, which incapacity is supported by regularly updated information in the person's case record or plan.

II.  Any person who meets the requirements of paragraph I may apply for extended foster care payments and services pursuant to such application as the department may require.  If a person who meets the requirements of paragraph I refused services at the time of the person's eighteenth birthday, such person may apply to regain services at any time prior to his or her twenty-first birthday.

III.  Such services shall be in addition to any other transitional services or programs for which the individual may be eligible, including but not limited to those provided pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 677, the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood.  Not less than 6 months after the effective date of this section, the commissioner of the department of health and human services shall submit any amendment to the state plan or certification required under 42 U.S.C. section 677(b)(3) to provide assistance and services to individuals who have aged out of foster care and have not attained 23 years of age.

175:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

Approved: July 10, 2019

Effective Date: September 08, 2019

 

 

Links

HB550 at GenCourtMobile
HB550 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 2, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
May 23, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB550 Revision: 6547 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 1:35 p.m.
HB550 Revision: 6073 Date: May 24, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
HB550 Revision: 5374 Date: May 20, 2019, 11:03 a.m.
HB550 Revision: 4806 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 1 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 3 P. 19
Jan. 29, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/29/2019 10:45 am LOB 206
Feb. 5, 2019 ==ROOM CHANGE== Executive Session: 02/05/2019 01:00 pm LOB 307
Feb. 14, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0301h for 02/14/2019 (Vote 15-0; CC) HC 11 P. 2
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0301h (Vote 15-0; CC)
Feb. 14, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0301h: AA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 5
Feb. 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0301h: MA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 5
March 7, 2019 Introduced 03/07/2019 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 8
March 19, 2019 Hearing: 03/19/2019, Room 101, LOB, 02:15 pm; SC 14
May 2, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/02/2019; SC 20
May 2, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 05/02/2019; SJ 15
May 23, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/23/2019; SC 23
May 23, 2019 Special Order to to the present time, Without Objection, MA; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
June 6, 2019 Enrolled (In recess 06/06/2019); SJ 20
June 6, 2019 Enrolled 06/06/2019 HJ 18 P. 47
July 10, 2019 Signed by Governor Sununu 07/10/2019; Chapter 175; Eff: 09/08/2019