Frequently Asked Questions?
HOW IS THE CHILDREN'S SERVICES FUNDING AWARDED?
Yearly, a Request for Funding Proposals (RFP) is released, normally in early July. For brand new programs the FCCRB ask that agencies submit a three page concept paper. If accepted the agency is then asked to complete the application process. For existing programs that are requesting continued support, the application and documentation is due back to the FCCRB usually at the end of August. The Selection and Review committee of the FCCRB meets weekly in September and early October to learn about, discuss, and make funding reccomendations for the upcoming year. Agencies will be asked to present their program and answer questions that the committee may have about their methodology, budget, outcomes measurements/tools, etc. At the October board meeting of the FCCRB, the Selection and Review committee presents their reccomendations for approval of the entire board. All agencies that are approved are then presented a Purchase of Services contract. The Purchase of Service contract is based on a per unit cost that is then paid to the provider agency on a monthly basis for work completed during the previous month.
WHAT IS A PURCHASE OF SERVICE CONTRACT?
The FCCRB does not award grants. Funding is set up as a contract to purchase services for a set unit cost. The unit cost is determined jointly by the FCCRB and the providing agency using the actual budget for the program. For example: if a service cost $80 per hour the FCCRB could enter into a contract to purchase 400 units of service within a year from the agency for a total allocation of up to $40,000. The agency would provide the service and send a monthly reimbursement form to the the FCCRB outlining how much service was provided and to whom. We of course respect the privacy of all the families and youth of our community, therefore no identifiable information is sent to the FCCRB. Normally the billing is coded with an agency's internal identification system. By funding in this manner, the FCCRB is ensuring wise use of the tax dollars in which they are entrusted.
CAN YOU FUND INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES THAT NEED HELP?
The FCCRB is not set up to directly assist individual families, youth or cases. For more information on services and where to go for help, click here.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA TO RECEIVE FUNDING THROUGH THE FCCRB?
To learn about the criteria for funding please click here.
WHEN CAN MY AGENCY APPLY FOR FUNDING?
Please click here to learn about current Funding Opportunities.
DO YOU FUND ADULT PROGRAMS?
Under the enabling legislation, the Putting Kids First: Children's Services Fund can only be used for services that directly benefit children and youth of Franklin County who are nineteen (19) years of age or less. There are currently several programs that are being funded that are administered to adults. These programs are allowable because of the direct impact on a specific situation with a child. For example: the FCCRB funds parenting classes for families who are currently actively engaged with the Children's Division as a way to help in the reunification or permanency plan for the child.
WHAT AREAS OF SERVICE ARE FUNDED?
Funding must adhere to the service categories outlined in Missouri Revised Statute 210.861. The services are as follows:
(1) Up to thirty days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth; respite care services; and services to unwed mothers;
(2) Outpatient chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment programs; counseling and related services as a part of transitional living programs; home-based and community-based family intervention programs; unmarried parent services; crisis intervention services, inclusive of telephone hotlines; and prevention programs which promote healthy lifestyle among children and youth and strengthen families;
(3) Individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services; psychological evaluations; and mental health screenings.
For the purposes of the FCCRB, the outlined service categories have been broken down into the following fourteen service areas.