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DCFS Announces Domestic Violence Funding
Allocations consider population, area served and quality of services
The funding level for domestic violence providers for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year is $6 million, an increase of more than $840,000 from last year's final allocation after mid-year reductions.
"I testified in front of the state legislature this spring that DCFS was committed to better aligning domestic violence resources and ensuring that all of Louisiana has access to quality services," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "We continue to work toward that goal. Including in our calculations the population served, the number of square miles covered and the quality of service is a good first step."
The funding formula begins with an initial amount for each provider equal to the previous year's allocation. DCFS then took the funding increase provided in the budget signed by Governor Bobby Jindal and divided it based on the size of the population and the number of square miles each program serves. Finally, some providers are given an incentive or reduction based on their Committee of Quality Assurance (COQA) score, which measures quality of services including emergency shelter care, and crisis services.
COQA scores are given by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The program uses self-study, review of provider policies and procedures, and an on-site visit to measure provider services, like shelter, counseling, crisis lines and children's programs, as well as administrative areas, including board responsibilities, personnel matters, safety and health codes. Louisiana established its COQA standards in 2000.
DCFS will work closely with providers and stakeholders this year to study and develop a comprehensive and integrated statewide plan for delivery of domestic violence services. DCFS will report on its effort in January to the Louisiana House and Senate committees on Health and Welfare, as requested by House Resolution 76 by Representative John Schroder and Senate Resolution 95 by Senator Mike Walsworth during the 2013 legislative session.
"We are focused on the continuum of services for those who experience the effects of domestic violence," said Sonnier. "Domestic violence services must go beyond sheltering to include prevention, education and outreach. By working with the Coalition and Domestic Violence Stakeholders, we can transition to evidence-based national best practices focusing on outreach and prevention, and ensure that all people have access to these services regardless of where they live."
Based on the funding formula, only two service providers saw a slightly smaller allocation from the previous year due to low COQA scores. Funding directly to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence helps provide technical assistance to providers, as well as helps fund the Domestic Violence hotline.
Domestic Violence Funding Allocations
|Associated Catholic Charities - Crescent House
|Calcasieu Women's Shelter - Oasis
|Capitol Area Iris Domestic Violence Center
|Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART)
|Domestic Violence Education & Support (DOVES)
|Jefferson Davis CADA
|June N. Jenkins Women's Shelter
|Metropolitan Center for Women & Children
|Providence House Domestic Violence & Safety House
|Southeast Spouse Abuse (SAFE)
|Safety Net for Abused Persons (SNAP)
|St. Bernard Battered Women's Program
|The Wellspring Alliance for Families
|Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence