Summary: H.R.4421 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)

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Conference report filed in House (09/12/1986)

(Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 99-815)

Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1986 - Title I: The Head Start Program - Amends the Head Start Act to authorize appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990 to carry out the Head Start program.

Revises the formula for the minimum funding guarantees for Indian and migrant Head Start programs.

Extends through FY 1990 the family income calculation method used to determine eligibility for Head Start programs.

Title II: Follow Through Program - Amends the Follow Through Act to authorize appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990 to carry out the Follow Through program.

Repeals provisions which require notice and opportunity to show cause why suspensions of assistance or denials of refunding should not take place.

Title III: The Dependent Care State Grant Program - Amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 to authorize appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990 to make allotments to States for dependent care programs.

Makes the inclusion of specified types of information in dependent care resource and referral systems optional rather than mandatory. Requires States to assure that: (1) no such information will be provided with respect to any dependent care services which do not comply with State and local laws; and (2) the information will be the latest available and kept up to date.

Provides that certain funds may be used for school-age child care services before and after school in community centers whether or not school facilities are available for such purposes.

Redefines "school-age children" to include those younger than five in States where such children are provided a free public education.

Entitles such dependent care program provisions of such Act as the "State Dependent Care Development Grants Act."

Title IV: Community Services Block Grant Program - Amends the Community Services Block Grant Act to authorize FY 1987 through 1990 appropriations for the community services block grant program.

Includes within the definition of eligible entities those programs which came into existence in FY 1982 as direct successors to community action agencies and meet specified board composition requirements.

Establishes procedures which the Secretary of Health and Human Services must follow in reviewing State funding termination for a community action agency or migrant or seasonal farmworker organization. Directs the Secretary to assume responsibility for providing financial assistance if a State terminates funding prior to hearing and review.

Requires: (1) grant evaluations to consider the impact of program funds on children, pregnant adolescents, homeless families, and the elderly poor; and (2) evaluation results to be submitted annually to appropriate congressional committees.

Authorizes the Secretary to fund national conferences, newsletters, and information collection and dissemination as part of such grant programs's training activities.

States that Community Development Corporations are to be governed by a board consisting of residents of the community and business and civic leaders.

Requires that specified congressional committees are to be annually provided with summaries of final reports on projects assisted under the Secretary's discretionary authority, including a list of recipients who have received such assistance outside of the competitive process. Directs the Secretary to prepare and distribute a catalog listing information on the projects funded under such discretionary program.

Revises provisions for the community food and nutrition programs to provide that 60 percent of program funds be allocated as grants on the basis of low-income and unemployed populations of States and 40 percent on a competitive basis.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990 for community food and nutrition programs under the Act.

Modifies interest rates payable on certain rural development loans. Revises provisions for assignment of certain loan contracts. Specifies that loans to borrowers made after the date of enactment of the Food Security Act and prior to the enactment of this Act shall be transferred to and administered by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Authorizes the Secretary to make matching grants for demonstration projects dealing with poverty problems common to a number of communities. Permits grants to be made only for projects which: (1) can be closely coordinated with an ongoing program; (2) involve significant new resource combinations or partnership agreements; or (3) will promote the purposes of the Community Services Block Grant Act. Authorizes FY 1987 through 1989 appropriations.

Title V: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - Amends the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 to authorize appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990 for the low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP).

Sets forth requirements for energy crisis intervention programs to ensure that timely responses are made to emergency situations and that the special needs of the handicapped and elderly are met.

Revises provisions for Indian tribal grant allotments under LIHEAP.

Revises provisions relating to State procedures and the contents of State plans under LIHEAP.

Adds provisions for a model State plan format.

Provides for consistent treatment of energy assistance payments.

Adds provisions for grants and contracts for technical assistance and training under LIHEAP.

Revises provisions for the content of reports under LIHEAP.

Title VI: Child Development Associate Scholarship Assistance Program - Child Development Associate Scholarship Assistance Act of 1985 - Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make a grant for any fiscal year to any State receiving a grant under title XX (Grants to States for Services) of the Social Security Act to enable the State to award scholarships to eligible individuals within the State who are candidates for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Sets forth requirements for State applications for such grants and for distribution of such grants throughout the Nation.

Defines "eligible individual" as a candidate for the CDA credential whose income does not exceed a specified poverty line by more than 50 percent.

Requires States receiving such grants to submit specified program information to the Secretary annually.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990 to carry out this title.

Title VII: Excellence in Education - Amends the Excellence in Education Act to make a technical amendment relating to funding for programs under such Act.

Title VIII: Report Regarding Hours of Employment of Bat Boys and Bat Girls - Directs the Secretary of Labor, within 180 days after the enactment of this Act, to: (1) determine whether a change in the permissible hours of employment for batboys and batgirls would be detrimental to their well-being and whether any such change should be proposed to the Congress; and (2) report to specified congressional officers on such determination.

Title IX: Beginning Reading Instruction Study and Listing Required - Directs the Secretary of Education to conduct a study in order to complete a list of beginning reading instruction programs. Directs the Secretary to submit to the Congress a final report on such listing within 12 months after the enactment of this Act. Directs the Secretary to publicize and disseminate nationally the listing to the education community, parents, and other interested parties.

Title X: Effective Dates and Related Matters - Sets forth effective dates and provisions for the application of certain amendments made by this Act.