May 5, 2023

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Policy & Practice, APHSA's longstanding magazine highlighting the latest insights and innovations in human services, is now available online with no logins or passwords necessary! Check out our most recent issue, Prevention in Practice: Navigating Upstream to Build Resilient Communities (Spring 2023). We encourage you to read, learn, and share! You can also catch up on past issues.

APHSA is recruiting interns for the summer! We are seeking ambitious new talent who would like to gain experience in our marketing communications department and membership and events department. If you know anyone who would be a good fit, please have them apply using the respective links above.

Moving Human Services Upstream

Head Start's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) describes how Head Start responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by examining the challenges grantees faced, how they pivoted to address these challenges, and the supports they received from the OHS to serve the children and families in their care. The study’s findings can help leaders develop future supports for Head Start grantees and guide future research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the child care and early education (CCEE) system.

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Notice of New Funding Opportunity: State-Tribal Partnerships to Implement Best Practices in Indian Child Welfare

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to assist and promote coordinated efforts among state courts, child welfare agencies, and tribes. The funding is meant to develop and implement best practices that minimize the disparate treatment experienced by Indigenous families.

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May Marks National Foster Care Month

Last week, the administration issued a proclamation recognizing May as National Foster Care Month, which raises awareness of and honors youth living in foster care. In the accompanying press release, the White House committed to continuing to work with state and local leaders to improve foster care and advance prevention strategies to keep children from entering foster care.

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Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

FNS Seeks Comments on SNAP Customer Service Strategies

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is requesting comments on the proposed collection of information for the Understanding States' SNAP Customer Service Strategies study. This is a new information collection and the study will seek to describe the key characteristics of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies’ customer service strategies and identify promising practices. Comments will be accepted through June 26.

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FNS Updates List of Approved State Plans for Replacing Stolen SNAP Benefits

Congress passed a law in late 2022 to help SNAP participants who are victims of card skimming, cloning and other similar methods. All states have now submitted plans to implement this law with FNS, which is in the process of approving them.

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HHS Awards an Additional $8.2M to Expand Pilot Diaper Distribution Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through ACF, announced an additional $8.2 million to support the first-ever federally funded diaper distribution program for low-income families. This new allocation brings the total funding for the pilot to $16.2 million, which will support projects in a total of twelve states and two tribes.

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FNS Seeks Comments on COVID-19 SNAP Operations Changes

USDA FNS is collecting information about the way state SNAP agencies have shifted operations in the wake of COVID-19. Comments will be accepted through June 26.

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Strengthening the Human Services Sector

Grant Opportunity for State-Level WIC Agencies

This RFA will provide up to $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding (Section 1106 of Subtitle B, Title I of ARP) to an external entity that will provide financial, technical, and evaluation support to state agencies administering Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The goal is to facilitate data-sharing activities that support targeted outreach and streamlined certification processes aimed at increasing WIC participation and retention. The closing date is June 28.

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New WIC Policy Memorandum

A new policy memorandum provides guidance on data-sharing activities that support targeted outreach and streamlined certification processes to increase WIC participation and retention. It includes FNS’s statement of support of data sharing as well as an overview of data sharing relevant to WIC.

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Nominations for the 2023 APHSA Emerging Leaders

Nominations for the 2023 APHSA Emerging Leaders Program are open. Consider nominating an up-and-coming leader within your organization for this opportunity! Learn more about the application details and nominate someone today.

Deadline: June 7

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