Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

March 11, 2014

Agenda Report # 85

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Promoting Safe and Stable Families Grant for Healthy Families Georgia

INITIATED BY: Jennifer Davidson, UGA Cooperative Extension

Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept a total grant amount of up to $45,000, including a local match of up to $11,250, from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services, Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and adjust the Multi-Governmental Fund by the total grant amount of $45,000.

Background: Annually more than 3.5 million children are reported to state and local Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies as victims of child abuse and neglect. Almost three children die each day in the U.S. from child abuse and neglect each day. The earliest years of a child’s life are the foundation for all that follows and programs that work with parents before or right after birth stand the greatest chance of reducing the risk of child abuse.

Healthy Families Georgia is an evidence-based, nationally recognized home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

The Healthy Families America model, launched by Prevent Child Abuse America, has a strong research base and has produced the following outcomes: reduced child maltreatment; increased utilization of prenatal care and decreased pre-term, low weight babies; improved parent-child interaction and school readiness; decreased dependency on welfare, or TANF and other social services; increased access to primary care medical services; and increased immunization rates.

Analysis: This grant will enable continuation of home visitation within Healthy Families Georgia in order to reach more families within the Columbus community. There is no cost to participants who have few choices for proactive parent education programs. UGA Cooperative Extension is a recognized leader in delivery of high quality training and as a collaborator with others who need training and resources.

The Healthy Families Georgia home visitation program was implemented in Columbus due to a larger grant awarded in FY12, FY13, and FY14 from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation grant. The MIECHV grant allowed for HFG to staff 2 direct service Family Support Workers. Since implementation in January 2012, HFG Family Support Workers have conducted over 1,150 home visits with 60 families promoting positive parenting, enhancing child health and development, and to prevent child abuse and neglect. All deliverables for FY12, FY13 and FY14 were met with the Governor’s Office for Children and Families. Benchmark data is being collected within a database system to indicate impact of home visitation in local communities.

This grant will ensure that more Columbus families will be reached through home visitation through Healthy Families Georgia. All transactions will be conducted through Local Government Finance System. Grant period is October 1, 2043 to September 30, 2015.

Financial Considerations: The grant is for an amount not to exceed $33,750 and is contingent on 25% cash match amount not to exceed $11,250 for October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015 and will continue to be a component of the Positive Parenting Program – Healthy Families Georgia. If funds are awarded, there will be a $11,250 match allocated from the FY15 Budget, General Fund – Transfer for Local Match.

Legal Considerations: The applicant, Columbus Consolidated Government (for Cooperative Extension’s Positive Parenting Program), is eligible to receive these funds. Council is the approving authority for all grants.

Recommendation/Action: Authorize application for funding and acceptance of a grant amount not to exceed $45,000 from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services, Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and adjust the Multi-Governmental Fund by the grant amount.


A RESOLUTION

NO. ____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A GRANT FROM THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES, PROMOTING SAFE AND STABLE FAMILIES PROGRAM OF AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $45,000 TO FUND PROGRAMMING TO EDUCATE EXPECTING PARENTS AND PARENTS OF NEWBORNS AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE GRANT AMOUNT.

WHEREAS, the funds have been made available from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services, Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program for the purpose of preventing childhood maltreatment by providing an evidence based, home visitation program for parenting education; and,

WHEREAS, the UGA Cooperative Extension in Columbus has operated Healthy Families Georgia, a home visiting parenting education program, under the umbrella of Positive Parenting Program; and,

WHEREAS, there is a need to increase the knowledge and skills of parents with young children so that they can provide a nurturing and safe environment while acting as their children’s first teachers; and,

WHEREAS, parent education through evidence based, home visiting models is a proven strategy to prevent child maltreatment, improve maternal and newborn health, improve school readiness and achievement, and improve coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports; and,

WHEREAS, there is limited access to pro-active parent education for families at-risk, in transition, or parents who want to increase their parenting skills and knowledge.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to apply for and accept a grant from the Georgia Division of Human Services, Department of Children and Family Services, Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program not to exceed $33,750 with a local match not to exceed $11,250 to fund a home visiting parent education program and authorize amending the Multi-Governmental fund by the award of the grant.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of March 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting ____________.
Councilor Baker voting ____________.
Councilor Barnes voting ____________.
Councilor Davis voting ____________.
Councilor Henderson voting ____________.
Councilor Huff voting ____________.
Councilor McDaniel voting ____________.
Councilor Thomas voting ____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting ____________.
Councilor Woodson voting ____________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor