NETWORK NEWS - March 2019

Registration will close by COB on Monday, March 4th
Still on the fence? Want to plan your what sessions you'll be attending at the 2019 Network Annual Conference? We've got a schedule for you! Please note the schedule is subject to change.  
Sandy Muskovitz Danto Nominated to NJHSA Board
On January 27th Sandy Muskovitz Danto was nominated to the 2019-20 NJHSA Board of Directors. Sandy is an American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) board member, member of the executive committee, and a vice-chair of Ashalim, JDC's advisory committee for Israeli youth-at-risk. She also is a member of JDC's Eshel committee for Israeli elderly and the fund-raising committee for poor Jews in the Former Soviet Union. Sandy is a member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's (JFMD) board of governors, member of Federation's Israel and Overseas Committee, a JVS board member, a board member of Michigan State University Hillel and the Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan, and a Jewish Women's Foundation trustee. Sandy was president of Detroit's Jewish Family Service from 2007-2010, served as JFMD Campaign and Community Development chair from 2012-2015, and is a past board member of Hebrew Free Loan, Jewish Senior Life, co-chaired the Keane Crisis Fund, and continues to perform on various advisory boards and committees. Sandy has an M.A. in counseling.

The slate of incoming officers will be confirmed at the 2019 NJHSA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 1st. Please click here for the proposed slate for 2019-2020 .
The Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Centers Joins the Network
The Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Centers have joined the Network! Jerusalem Hills is a unique institution, providing therapeutic treatment and special education to boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 18. Jerusalem Hills cares for approximately 125 of Israel’s “most at risk” youngsters and provides a wide variety of specialist therapeutic treatments which are tailored to each child’s specific needs. 
The Network Represents at JDAD 2019
NJHSA and nine member agencies from around the country (JFS Houston, JEVS, JCS Baltimore, JFCS Philadelphia, JFSA Cleveland, JFS New Haven, JSSA Rockville, Ruth and Norman Rales JFS, and JFS Lehigh Valley) participated in the 9th Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD). JDAD is a one-day event where Jews with disabilities and their allies convene on Capitol Hill to learn about relevant disability policy, raise awareness on disability inclusion, and advocate on current legislative priorities with their elected officials. This year
New Network Initiatives & Programs

Join the Network and our partner, Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, for an informational webinar on March 7th, about the Keshet Leadership Project.
By taking part in the Keshet Leadership Project, your agency will earn how to evaluate programs, policies, and culture, and identify areas for growth in LGBTQ inclusion, discover how to recognize opportunities/challenges for welcoming and affirming LGBTQ community members and create an achievable action plan. Learn more here .

C&A Benefits Group is proud to announce a new partnership with Gradifi: the leader in employer-based student loan repayment. Gradifi helps employers, help their employees pay down their student debt up to 25% faster, offering access to the lowest student loan refinance rates in the industry, best in-class service and free one-on-one counseling. At no cost to you.
jcs baltimore
Jewish Community Services of Baltimore and NJHSA invite your participation in a brief survey on EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY. 
The survey aims to collect trends in measuring and understanding productivity of both social work and vocational services. If this is an area of interest for your agency, please take a moment to complete this brief survey . A detailed report will be sent to the responding agencies. 

Kindly complete the survey no later than March 5th . Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Reuben Rotman at NJHSA.
Behavioral Health Services Now Included in Medicaid Benefits Database
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has released an update to its annual Medicaid Benefits Database , which for the first time includes details on behavioral health services. Specifically, the Medicaid Behavioral Health Services Database includes data about the various mental health and substance use disorder benefits covered under Medicaid in states, notable limits on those benefits, and cost sharing requirements as of July 1, 2018. The research is a helpful guide for Medicaid officials, researchers, and advocates trying to understand the variation across states in Medicaid benefits.
Oppose SNAP Rule Change Interfaith Toolkit
Comment Period Open
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger , created an interfaith toolkit with talking points, sample comments, faith leader quotes, scriptural passages, sample social media posts, and more to encourage agencies to comment on the Trump Administration recently posted a notice for proposed rule-making through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restrict states’ flexibility to provide vital nutrition support to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. The comment period ends April 2nd. As a reminder, all comments must be submitted through the Federal Register .
US Department of Health and Human Services Announces Updates
In the “State of the Department Address” speech last week,  The Department of Health and Human Services team was acknowledged for devoting its talents to advancing the department’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the American people, by implementing dozens of innovative ideas, policy changes, and new research projects. The department is united by a strategic vision: a country where our HHS programs, and America’s healthcare, human services, public health, and biomedical science institutions, work better for the people they serve. Learn more and download the HHS Annual Report .
CMS Launches Podcast Highlighting Updates
On February 19th, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched “ CMS: Beyond the Policy ,” a new podcast highlighting updates and changes to policies and programs in an easily accessible and conversational format. The podcast was created as a new method to explain the agency’s policies and programs. The podcast website is available at
Affinity Groups
With NJHSA you are both seen and heard!
NJHSA has launched a series of Professional and Lay Affinity Groups for Network Members. These affinity groups meet via video conferencing where participants have the opportunity to connect, learn, share and support each other. Email Lisa to join a group, or suggest a new one!
Affinity Groups
  • COOs and/or #2’s
  • Development & Marketing Professionals
  • Disability Service Professionals
  • Holocaust Survivor Service Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Lay Leadership
  • Older Adult Service Professionals
  • Refugee Service Professionals
  • Small Agency Executives
  • Volunteer Service Professionals
  • Workforce Development Professionals
2019 Health & Long-Term Care Summit
Celebrating Health Innovation & Anticipating Challenges in a Turbulent Time
Washington, DC | May 7-8, 2019
During the two-day Summit, you can expect to walk away with a stronger base of knowledge in the following areas: 
  • A deep understanding of key legislative and administrative proposals that will impact Jewish communal providers and the consumers that they serve
  • A keen sense of how you, as a leader, can position your community to capitalize on fundamental changes to the healthcare landscape such as emerging social determinants of health and accountable care organizations 
  • A focus on public sector health funding opportunities for Jewish communal agencies
Creating a Caring Community Together
Creating a Caring Community TOGETHER (CCCT) program is an opportunity to not only learn skills to help your community but also learn skills to care for yourself.
  • Create new or boost existing volunteer groups.
  • Link wth professional peer mentors to gain needed skills.
  • Access innovative support models for hope and resilience.
  • Share and connect with Israel on a human and caring level.
  • Gain strategies for planning for aging and illness.
  • Strengthen communal life with meaningful connections. 
The deadline for early bird registration is fast approaching. Participate in Israel this May! Learn more here .
COA Intro Webinar for Organizations Affected by Family First 
Affected by the Family First Prevention Services Act? Researching & learning about each accreditor is the first step. The Council on Accreditation (COA) has been designated as an approved QRTP accreditor. Register now for a COA accreditation introductory live webinar, scheduled weekly through March .
National Convening on Jewish Poverty
Hilton San Francisco | Union Square Hotel | March 19th
The National Convening on Jewish Poverty, hosted by the Weinberg Foundation, will be a series of conversations among a diverse audience of experts on Jewish poverty, including researchers, direct-service providers, federation leaders, and philanthropists. The keynote panel will discuss the challenges of poverty throughout the US, and unique aspects of Jewish poverty. It will also assess the current research on low-income Jewish households and identify potential next steps related to national Jewish poverty. Interactive breakout sessions will focus on specific aspects of Jewish poverty. Learn more and register here .
Tuesday, March 5th - 12pm ET
  • COO Affinity Group Call - Methods and Means of Recognizing and Rewarding Staff
Thursday March 7th - 2pm ET
  • Keshet Leadership Project - Informational Webinar
Monday, March 11th - 3pm ET
  • Lay Leadership Affinity Group Call - Meet & Greet
Tuesday, March 12th
  • NJHSA Association Employee Benefits Plan – Updates & New Offerings
  • IT Professional Affinity Group Call
Wednesday, March 13th - 1pm ET
  • Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group Call
Tuesday, March 19th - 1pm ET
  • Volunteer Perspective: Industry Insights 2019
Wednesday, March 20th - 1pm ET
  • Critical (and Growing) IT Security Threats You Must Protect Against NOW

**Recorded calls and presentations can be found in the Members Only section in Calls & Webinars or the Resource Library, respectively. **
The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship
The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) seeks applicants for the PAYA Grant Initiative that display a core of a visible national community of innovators at the forefront of the movement to expand participation in high-quality youth apprenticeship programs that produce equitable outcomes for students, employers and communities. Deadline: March 8, 2019. Learn more here .
Member Highlights
Interested in featuring your agency in the March edition of MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS?