DCFS cuts budget by $7 million

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 5:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:38pm

An agency tasked with getting help for needy families in the state must cut its budget by more than $7 million.

BP oil spill funds will not be sent to the Department of Children and Family Services. Without the money, DCFS officials announced today that millions will be cut from programs meant to help those most in need, including $1.5 million to child welfare and resource centers.

DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson doesn't agree with the decision made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is fighting the decision.

"We believe these regulations are very clear, that these expenditures related to the oil spill should be able to qualify for emergency funds,” stated Johnson. “Therefore, the department has appealed the decision."

DCFS argues that families affected by the disaster would otherwise apply for temporary family assistance.

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