Status Summary

HB 2335 did not originally come up in Ways and Means. But on the last day of the legislative session, an unexpected nighttime meeting of the Ways and Means Committee was called and the bill was amended and exec’d out. Agreement was reached to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote, and HB 2335 was passed unanimously, sent to the House for concurrence, and eventually signed into law by the Governor.

Legislative Session





Representative Robert

HB 2335 adds two additional groups of youth aging out of foster care to participate in the extended foster care program (up to 21 years of age). The two groups, youth with a documented medical condition and youth engaged in employment for eighty hours or more per month, are the remaining two groups eligible for extended foster care per federal legislation passed in 2008 (previous legislation added the other 3 groups). This bill provides a definition for "medical condition" as a short-term or long-term physical or mental health condition as verified and documented by any licensed health care provider (regulated by a disciplining authority). HB 2335 would go into effect March 1, 2015.

The final bill does the following:  Expands eligibility criteria to allow a youth to request extended foster care services if the youth engages in employment for 80 hours or more per month.  Limits expenditures on the new category of extended foster care to the funding provided specifically for this purpose. Adds an effective date of March 1, 2015.