June 16, 2023

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Registration is now open for the the 2023 ISM + PHSA Education Conference & Expothe premiere conference for human services IT leaders and attorneys! This event will bring together the brightest minds from public human services agencies, private industry, academia, and community-based organizations to showcase the future of human services IT and legal work. Learn more and register!

THRIVE, our Learning Management System, is hosting an e-learning course titled, An Introduction to Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. Learn about the value of incorporating an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) lens into your organization’s policies, practices, and culture. You can utilize this course as a refresher, introduction, or onboarding tool for staff. Visit THRIVE today to get started!

We are excited to announce the launch of our Aligned Customer-Centered Ecosystem of Services & Supports (ACCESS) initiative, a groundbreaking project aimed at building capacity for customer-centered health, human services, and labor systems alignment. This collaboration between APHSA and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is set up to create a shared framework for state health, human services, and labor agencies to develop aligned customer-centered solutions. Learn more!

Join us this coming Monday in celebrating Juneteenth! Juneteenth commemorates the freedom gained by formerly enslaved Africans and is a powerful reminder of our continual efforts toward racial equity. We invite you to explore a curated list of resources and media available on the Yale University website. Discover educational materials and gain insight into an important milestone in American History.

Legislative Updates

American Family Act Reintroduced

U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT), Suzan DelBene (WA), and Ritchie Torres (NY), reintroduced the American Family Act, which would make permanent the expanded monthly Child Tax Credit that was originally authorized in 2021 by the American Rescue Plan.

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Bill to Expand Child Care in Rural America Act Introduced to Senate

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Tina Smith (D-MN), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) and U.S. Representatives Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA-3) Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR-5), Tracey Mann (R-KS-1), and Yadira Caraveo (D-CO-8) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Expanding Childcare in Rural America (ECRA) Act of 2023 to improve the availability, quality, affordability of childcare in agricultural and rural communities.

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Moving Human Services Upstream

The Supreme Court Upholds ICWA

The U.S. Supreme Court this week, in a 7 to 2 decision, upheld the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). In this ruling, the court also found that ICWA does not exceed federal authority in its rights to mandate placement decisions for youth requiring out-of-home placements.

APHSA applauds this decision which reaffirms a collective commitment to equity and the well-being of native families and communities

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ACF Resources: Protecting the Health and Well-Being of All Children by Preventing the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Acknowledging the World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, the Administration for Children & Families’ (ACF’s), Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) Director, Katherine Chon, has released a statement along with resources to prevent child labor trafficking.

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HHS Report: How We Co-Designed the Newborn Supply Kit with Mothers

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a Newborn Supply Kit pilot under the Customer Experience EO portfolio of projects designed to support families having a new baby. The Newborn Supply Kit is designed to be a package of supplies and educational resources delivered to new families during the immediate postpartum period, with the goal of supporting and promoting the well-being of newborns and their caregivers.

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Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

FNS Publishes Initial Guidance for State Implementation of Summer EBT 

As states prepare to administer the permanent Summer EBT program authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) have issued this memorandum to provide states with guidance on program implementation. FNS continues to seek input from stakeholders and will convene listening sessions with states throughout June before issuing further policy.

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Strengthening the Human Services Sector

Quarterly President's Management Agenda Updates

On May 31, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the latest updates to the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). This quarter’s updates touch on wide-ranging areas of improvement from workplace training that will equip the federal workforce with the skills to work both remotely and in-person, and more.

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OFA Feedback Request: Coaching for Success E-Learning Curriculum

OFA would like to speak with state, county, and tribal TANF agencies that have made a concentrated effort to have case managers/coaches complete the TANF coaching e-learning modules. Information from the discussions will be used to develop a brief, which will share insights and help inform potential revisions to the tools.

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Modernizing Public Benefits Delivery: How Innovation Can Deliver Results for Eligible Households and Taxpayers

This white paper published by the National Academy of Public Administration Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships describes the group's vision of a modernized public benefits system that decenters compliance-based administrative functions and recenters a holistic customer-centric experience that emphasizes efficiency, efficacy, and expediency.

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Request for Comments on Monitoring and Compliance for ORR Care Provider Facilities

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are inviting public comments on forms that were recently approved through emergency approval for 180 days. Public comments are also requested on additional proposed forms to be used in the data collection of provider facilities that are not licensed by the state as well as during standard monitoring to ensure that care facilities are in compliance.

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ACF Renames the Office of Child Support Enforcement

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has renamed the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). This change went into effect on June 5.

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APHSA Events

Webinar - NSDTA Showcase Series: Cultivating Communities of Practice

Participants in this webinar will learn strategies for recruiting and engaging members to make the most of their communities of practice. Representatives from the Hawaii Department of Human Services, Adult Protective and Community Services Branch will present how they keep their training system invigorated through a highly popular community of practice that gets everyone excited about learning better training approaches.

July 12, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST

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Partner Resources

Providing Modern Support for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Programs

In our latest blog post on The Catalyst, EY's Global Human Services Leader, Andrea Danes, discusses the challenges foster youth face when exiting the child welfare system and how we can change thousands of lives every year for the better by transforming outdated systems.

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Casey Programs Releases 2023 Signature Report: Thriving Families, Safer Children, Supportive Communities

A new 2023 signature report from Casey Family Programs illustrates how communities are collaborating with families to establish stronger frameworks, adopt innovative methods to address family and child needs, and making strategic investments to foster secure environments, thriving families, and supportive communities.

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APHSA Career Center - Post Your Open Positions Today

APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the Human Services sector. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates searching for careers and job seekers will find a number of opportunities throughout the country.

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