Information sheets and Webinar about SSI for Children
The SAMHSA SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) TA Center has developed six custom SSI for Children information sheets that present SOAR-specific information about the disability application process for children in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner. Tips are provided for how each community system can contribute and assist in the application process.
Internet Connectivity Assistance
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to reduce the cost of getting online. The ACP provides a discount of up to:
- $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
- $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To qualify for this one-time discount, households must contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Any household with an individual who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is eligible to receive discounted internet service through the ACP. Social Security doesn’t count ACP assistance as income or a resource for SSI purposes. Receipt of this assistance will not affect a person’s SSI payment. Read this blog article for additional information.
Podcast: Threading Equity Throughout Child Welfare
This podcast episode features a conversation with Aysha E. Schomburg, J.D., associate commissioner, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nearly one year after her appointment by the Biden administration, Commissioner Schomburg released a vision for the Children's Bureau, with its highest priority being promoting equity in State child welfare systems and the following priority goals:
- Prevent children from coming into foster care
- Support kinship caregivers
- Ensure youth leave care with strengthened relationships, holistic supports, and opportunities
- Develop and enhance the child welfare workforce
Listen to the podcast here.
Article on Supporting Grandfamilies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy published an article by Generations United’s Ana Beltran entitled “Supporting Grandfamilies During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Federal Flexibility and New Funding.” Read the article and others from the journal here.