Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill which includes an increase for the Rape Prevention and Education Services Program.

The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) was able to get hold of the full Committee Report which accompanies each bill found that the Committee has included an increase of $4,917,000 for injury prevention and control. Within the increase provided, the Committee has provided the following increases over the fiscal year 2007 level:

  • $1,000,000 for traumatic brain injury
  • $1,982,000 for youth violence prevention
  • $1,935,000 for rape prevention

All other activities are funded at the level of the fiscal year 2007 operating plan. 

Preventative Health and Human Services Block Grant

This program was level funded by the Senate. The House had given it an increase. However, neither really affects the Sexual Assault Set Aside as that remains constant as long as the program is funded. For CALCASA members, this is VERY GOOD news, as the Senate joined the House in rejecting the President’s recommendation to eliminate the program all together. The full Committee report will soon be online.