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HHS FY2015 Budget in Brief

Administration for Children and FamiliesAdministration for Children and Families (ACF)

The Administration for Children and Families promotes the economic and social wellbeing of children, youth, families, and communities, focusing particular attention on vulnerable populations such as children in low income families, refugees, and Native Americans.

ACF Budget Overview

(Dollars in millions)

Funds 

2013

2014

2015

Mandatory Budget Authority

33,101

33,480

34,276

Sandy Supplemental to Mandatory Funds

475

Discretionary Budget Authority

15,759

17,677

17,040

Sandy Supplemental to Discretionary Funds

95

 —

 —

Transfer to Administration for Community Living

162


 

 
Total, ACF Budget Authority

49,592

51,157

51,316


 

ACF Programs and Services

The FY 2015 Budget request for the Administration for Children and FamiliesThe FY 2015 Budget request for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is $51.3 billion. ACF works in partnership with states and communities to provide critical assistance to vulnerable families while helping families and children achieve a path to success. ACF‘s budget supports expanding access to high quality early education to prepare our youngest children for success in life. Funds are also included for programs that serve our most vulnerable children and families, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and runaway and homeless youth. In addition, the Budget supports important reforms in Head Start, Child Care, and Child Support.

The Budget includes mandatory funding for a new Medicaid demonstration, in partnership with ACF, to address the over-prescription of psychotropic drugs for children in foster care by increasing access to evidence based interventions for these children. The ACF Budget includes $250 million in mandatory funding to support state efforts to build provider capacity and other infrastructure necessary to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of children in foster care. The Budget also proposes to create subsidized job opportunities for low-income parents by redirecting $602 million in TANF funding to a Pathways to Jobs initiative.

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