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Senate Committee Restored $350,000 in DV State Funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee restored $350,000 in state funding for domestic violence services on April 4 that had earlier been cut by the Missouri House and replaced with federal funds. The impact of the restoration could translate to about $5,000 per shelter or services program in a maximum award through “DVSS” state FY13 contracts awarded by the Department of Social Services (DSS). All other victim services grant program funds were approved at current levels in budgets for the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Health and Senior Services.

MCADSV sought to restore the state domestic violence funding due to the differences in the distribution of state and federal funds. State funding is available in equivalent amounts to eligible programs with no matching funds requirements. Federal funds are granted on a competitive basis and require matching funds. All appropriations bills will next be debated by the full Missouri Senate, then reconciled with differences in the budget passed by the House. The deadline to pass the annual state budget is Friday, May 11.