Bill Status of HB5138 102nd General Assembly
Short Description: DHS-INFORM HOUSE GRANT PROGRAM
Rep. Cyril Nichols
| 1/10/2023||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish and administer an Inform House Grant Program to provide grants to community-based organizations that provide rehabilitative and educational services to youth involved in the criminal justice system and that have the accommodations to provide the following residential and academic services: (1) single occupancy rooms that are equipped with a private bathroom, bed, dresser, closet, window, and door without a lock; (2) a weekly meal plan consisting of 3 nutritionally balanced meals a day with a plant-based option; and (3) on-site educational programs and tutoring to assist youth in meeting the State criteria for high school graduation or for earning a high school equivalency certificate. Provides that the educational programs must include aptitude assessments to determine a youth's academic competency levels with follow-up course work that is tailored to the youth's specific academic needs. Requires the educational programs to also sufficiently prepare youth for postsecondary education by providing high-quality instruction in the following subject areas: (i) reading comprehension; (ii) writing and composition; (iii) mathematics; and (iv) any other subject areas to help youth eliminate any educational gaps or deficiencies. Permits the Department to award up to $5,000,000 in grant money to qualifying community-based organizations and to adopt any rules necessary to implement the program.