Any reasonable budget will have some weak points. For the Los…

Any reasonable budget will have some weak points. For the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”), this analysis will help construct a budget that addresses one such difficult area when dealing with the departments compliance with the Family First Prevention Services Act (“FFPSA”). The following will be addressed in the strategy: (1) Provide an overview of the budget issue and why it’s considered an important issue for the selected criminal justice agency to overcome in the budget; (2) Explain how the budget issue might be different at a different level (i.e., state or local); (3) Explain the approach to the budget issue; (4) Detail the strategy for compiling your budget proposal and how it will address the budget issue; and (5) Draft the cost worksheet that will be included in your budget.
Introduction
Budget proposals strategies are documents that provide detailed financial plans for many levels of government, including Federal, State, and local law enforcement organizations (Mikesell, 2017). The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub.L.115-123), which includes the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), was signed into law on February 9, 2018 (California Department of Social Services, n.d.). According to “California Department of Social Services” (n.d.), “The objective of FFPSA is to enhance support services to families to help children and youth remain at home and reduce the use of congregate care placements by increasing options for prevention services, increased oversight, and requirements for placements, and enhancing the requirements for congregate care placement settings.”
Following the expiration of federal funding certainty grants provided to counties that participated in Title IV-E waiver demonstration projects, Los Angeles County’s Child Welfare Services budget includes an additional $200 million in 2022-2023 (and an additional $100 million in 2023-2024) to increase funding for family reunification services, the implementation of prevention services, and other activities (California Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2022). (The federally sanctioned programs gave the participating counties more leeway in how they spent their Title IV-E funds (California Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2022). Step-down grants were granted by the federal government to assist counties in making the transition once the projects concluded in 2019 (California Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2022). Budget provision stipulates Los Angeles County shall disclose its 2011 Realignment balances to DSS to show these funds enhance and do not displace existing child welfare funding (California Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2022).
REFERENCES:
California Department of Social Services. (n.d.). Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Overview. https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/cdss-programs/ffpsa-part-iv/overview
California Legislative Analyst’s Office. (2022). The 2022-23 California Spending Plan Human Services. https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4640/4
Mikesell, J. (2017). EBook: Fiscal administration. Cengage.
Create a budget strategy for a criminal justice agency of your choice. Address the following in your strategy:
Provide an overview of the budget issue you chose and why you consider this an important issue for your selected criminal justice agency to overcome in the budget.
Explain how the budget issue might be different at a different level (i.e., state or local). Would it be applicable?
Explain your approach to the budget issue. Address the following:
Identify 2-3 suggestions on how to improve the budget issue.
Explain how governing policies may affect your approach to the budget issue.
Explain how public sector funding may affect your approach to the budget issue.
Detail your strategy for compiling your budget proposal and how it will address the budget issue.
Draft the cost worksheet that will be included in your budget.
Cite a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed sources.

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