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H.R. 2824 (115th): Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 8, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2824

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 8, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Reed, Mr. Meehan, Mrs. Noem, and Mrs. Walorski) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend title V of the Social Security Act to extend the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act.

2.

Table of contents

The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title.

Sec. 2. Table of contents.

Title I—Reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Sec. 101. Continuing evidence-based home visiting program.

Sec. 102. Continuing to demonstrate results to help families.

Sec. 103. Reviewing statewide needs to target resources.

Sec. 104. Improving the likelihood of success in high-risk communities.

Sec. 105. Building evidence to increase program effectiveness.

Sec. 106. Measuring improvements in family economic self-sufficiency.

Sec. 107. Option to fund evidence-based home visiting on a pay for outcome basis.

Sec. 108. Strengthening evidence-based home visiting through state, local, and private partnerships.

Sec. 109. Data exchange standards for improved interoperability.

Title II—Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons

Sec. 201. Revisions to provisions limiting payment of benefits to fugitive felons under title XVI of the Social Security Act.

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Reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

101.

Continuing evidence-based home visiting program

Section 511(j)(1)(H) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(j)(1)(H)) is amended by striking fiscal year 2017 and inserting each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

102.

Continuing to demonstrate results to help families

(a)

Require service delivery models To demonstrate improvement in applicable benchmark areas

Section 511 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711) is amended in each of subsections (d)(1)(A) and (h)(4)(A) by striking each of.

(b)

Demonstration of improvements in subsequent years

Section 511(d)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 711(d)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Demonstration of improvements in subsequent years

(i)

Continued measurement of improvement in applicable benchmark areas

The eligible entity, after demonstrating improvements for eligible families as specified in subparagraphs (A) and (B), shall continue to track and report each year, subject to the approval of the Secretary, quantifiable, measurable benchmarks for demonstrating that the program continues to result in improvements for the eligible families participating in the program in at least 4 of the areas specified in subparagraph (A) that the service delivery model or models selected by the entity are intended to improve.

(ii)

Corrective action plan

If the eligible entity fails to demonstrate improvement in at least 4 of the areas specified in subparagraph (A), the entity shall develop and implement a plan to improve outcomes in each of the areas specified in subparagraph (A) that the service delivery model or models selected by the entity are intended to improve, subject to approval by the Secretary. The plan shall include provisions for the Secretary to monitor implementation of the plan and conduct continued oversight of the program, including through submission by the entity of regular reports to the Secretary.

(iii)

Technical assistance

The Secretary shall provide an eligible entity required to develop and implement an improvement plan under clause (ii) with technical assistance to develop and implement the plan. The Secretary may provide the technical assistance directly or through grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

(iv)

No improvement or failure to submit report

If the Secretary determines after a period of time specified by the Secretary that an eligible entity implementing an improvement plan under clause (ii) has failed to demonstrate any improvement in at least 4 of the areas specified in subparagraph (A), or if the Secretary determines that an eligible entity has failed to submit the report required by clause (i), the Secretary shall terminate the grant made to the entity under this section and may include any unexpended grant funds in grants made to nonprofit organizations under subsection (h)(2)(B).

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(c)

Including information on applicable benchmarks in application

Section 511(e)(5) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 711(e)(5)) is amended by inserting that the service delivery model or models selected by the entity are intended to improve before the period at the end.

103.

Reviewing statewide needs to target resources

Section 511(b)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(b)(1)) is amended by striking Not later than and all that follows through statewide the 2nd place it appears and inserting Each State shall, as a condition of receiving payments from an allotment for the State under section 502, conduct a statewide needs assessment not later than October 1, 2019, at least once every 5 years (which may be separate from but in coordination with the statewide.

104.

Improving the likelihood of success in high-risk communities

Section 511(d)(4)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(d)(4)(A)) is amended by inserting , taking into account the staffing, community resource, and other requirements of the service delivery model or models that are necessary for the model to operate and demonstrate improvements for eligible families before the period.

105.

Building evidence to increase program effectiveness

(a)

Addition of replicated models with sizeable impacts on outcomes as approved service delivery models

Section 511(d)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(d)(3)(A)) is amended—

(1)

in clause (i)—

(A)

by striking (I) or in subclause (II) and inserting (I), in subclause (II), or in subclause (III); and

(B)

by redesignating subclause (II) as subclause (III) and inserting after subclause (I) the following:

(II)

The model meets the requirements of subclause (I) and has been shown to produce statistically-significant, sizeable, and sustained effects on participant outcomes as described in the benchmark areas specified in clauses (i) through (v) of paragraph (1)(A) when evaluated using well-designed and rigorous randomized controlled research designs, the evaluation results have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the effects have been replicated across more than 1 study or study site with no strong countervailing evidence.

; and

(2)

in clause (ii), by striking (i)(II) and inserting (i))(III).

(b)

Research and evaluation activities To increase program effectiveness

Section 511(h)(3)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 711(h)(3)(A)) is amended by inserting with a focus on testing the replication of service delivery models meeting the requirements of subsection (d)(3)(A)(i)(I) to determine whether the models meet the requirements of subsection (d)(3)(A)(i)(II), before using.

(c)

Report and recommendation

Section 511(h)(4) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 711(h)(4)) is amended—

(1)

by striking Not later than December 31, 2015, the Secretary shall submit a report and inserting The Secretary shall submit annual reports; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting or (d)(1)(D)(iii) after (d)(1)(B)(iii)(I).

106.

Measuring improvements in family economic self-sufficiency

Section 511(d)(1)(A)(v) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(d)(1)(A)(v)) is amended by inserting (which shall include measures of employment, earnings, and receipt of means-tested benefits) before the period.

107.

Option to fund evidence-based home visiting on a pay for outcome basis

(a)

In general

Section 511(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(c)) is amended by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively, and by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

(3)

Authority to use grant for a pay for outcomes initiative

An eligible entity to which a grant is made under paragraph (1) may use the grant for a pay for outcomes initiative that satisfies the requirements of subsection (d).

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(b)

Definition of pay for outcomes initiative

Section 511(k) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 711(k)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(4)

Pay for outcomes initiative

The term pay for outcomes initiative means a performance-based grant, contract, or cooperative agreement awarded by a public entity in which a commitment is made to pay for improved outcomes that result in social benefit and direct cost savings or cost avoidance to the public sector. Such an initiative shall include—

(A)

a feasibility study that describes how the proposed intervention is based on evidence of effectiveness;

(B)

a rigorous, third-party evaluation that uses experimental or quasi-experimental design or other research methodologies that allow for the strongest possible causal inferences to determine whether the initiative has met its proposed outcomes;

(C)

an annual, publicly available report on the progress of the initiative; and

(D)

a requirement that payments are made to the recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement only when agreed upon outcomes are achieved, except that this requirement shall not apply with respect to payments to a third party conducting the evaluation described in subparagraph (B).

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(c)

Extended availability of funds

Section 511(j)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 711(j)(3)) is amended—

(1)

by striking (3) Availability.—Funds and inserting the following:

(3)

Availability

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), funds

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Funds for pay for outcomes initiatives

Funds made available to an eligible entity under this section for a fiscal year (or portion of a fiscal year) for a pay for outcomes initiative shall remain available for expenditure by the eligible entity for not more than 10 years after the funds are so made available.

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108.

Strengthening evidence-based home visiting through state, local, and private partnerships

Section 511 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(l)

Matching requirement

(1)

Federal home visiting share

(A)

In general

An eligible entity to which a grant is made under this subsection for fiscal year 2020 or any succeeding fiscal year shall not use the grant to cover more than the applicable percentage of the costs of providing services or conducting activities under this section during the fiscal year.

(B)

Applicable percentage

In subparagraph (A), the term applicable percentage means, with respect to a fiscal year—

(i)

70 percent, in the case of fiscal year 2020;

(ii)

60 percent, in the case of fiscal year 2021; or

(iii)

50 percent, in the case of fiscal year 2022 or any succeeding fiscal year.

(2)

Eligible entity home visiting share

The cost of services provided or activities conducted under a grant awarded under this subsection may be paid in cash or in kind. The Secretary may attribute fair market value to goods, services, and facilities provided from non-Federal sources.

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109.

Data exchange standards for improved interoperability

(a)

In general

Section 511(h) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711(h)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(5)

Data exchange standards for improved interoperability

(A)

Designation and use of data exchange standards

(i)

Designation

The head of the department or agency responsible for administering a program funded under this section shall, in consultation with an interagency work group established by the Office of Management and Budget and considering State perspectives, designate data exchange standards for necessary categories of information that a State agency operating the program is required to electronically exchange with another State agency under applicable Federal law.

(ii)

Data exchange standards must be nonproprietary and interoperable

The data exchange standards designated under clause (i) shall, to the extent practicable, be nonproprietary and interoperable.

(iii)

Other requirements

In designating data exchange standards under this paragraph, the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, incorporate—

(I)

interoperable standards developed and maintained by an international voluntary consensus standards body, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget;

(II)

interoperable standards developed and maintained by intergovernmental partnerships, such as the National Information Exchange Model; and

(III)

interoperable standards developed and maintained by Federal entities with authority over contracting and financial assistance.

(B)

Data exchange standards for federal reporting

(i)

Designation

The head of the department or agency responsible for administering a program referred to in this section shall, in consultation with an interagency work group established by the Office of Management and Budget, and considering State government perspectives, designate data exchange standards to govern Federal reporting and exchange requirements under applicable Federal law.

(ii)

Requirements

The data exchange reporting standards required by clause (i) shall, to the extent practicable—

(I)

incorporate a widely accepted, nonproprietary, searchable, computer-readable format;

(II)

be consistent with and implement applicable accounting principles;

(III)

be implemented in a manner that is cost-effective and improves program efficiency and effectiveness; and

(IV)

be capable of being continually upgraded as necessary.

(iii)

Incorporation of nonproprietary standards

In designating data exchange standards under this paragraph, the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, incorporate existing nonproprietary standards, such as the eXtensible Mark up Language.

(iv)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require a change to existing data exchange standards for Federal reporting about a program referred to in this section, if the head of the department or agency responsible for administering the program finds the standards to be effective and efficient.

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(b)

Effective date

This Act and the amendments and repeals made by this Act shall take effect 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons

201.

Revisions to provisions limiting payment of benefits to fugitive felons under title XVI of the Social Security Act

(a)

Fugitive felon warrant requirement

Section 1611(e)(4)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(e)(4)(A)(i)) is amended—

(1)

by striking fleeing to avoid and inserting the subject of an arrest warrant for the purpose of;

(2)

by striking the place from which the person flees the first place it appears and inserting the jurisdiction issuing the warrant; and

(3)

by striking the place from which the person flees the second place it appears and inserting the jurisdiction.

(b)

Probation and parole warrant requirement

Section 1611(e)(4)(A)(ii) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(e)(4)(A)(ii)) is amended to read as follows:

(ii)

the subject of an arrest warrant for violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under Federal or State law.

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(c)

Disclosure

Section 1611(e)(5) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(e)(5)) is amended—

(1)

by striking any recipient of and inserting any individual who is a recipient of (or would be such a recipient but for the application of paragraph (4)(A)); and

(2)

by striking the recipient each place it appears and inserting the individual.

(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall be effective with respect to benefits payable for months that begin after the date that is 1 year following the date of the enactment of this section.