May 19, 2023

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Hello Donna,

Check our blog, The Catalyst, for the latest post, “Reflections from a Reentry Journey.” Written by Quiana Brifu from the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), this is part two of our Farm Bill Series of posts. It discusses access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Employment and Training (E&T) programs and how current laws around eligibility for these programs are unintentionally making it harder for recipients to both maintain food security and develop the skills to find a quality job. Read the full post here.

For those of you attending the APHSA Summit, we look forward to seeing you! If you haven't registered yet, it's STILL not too late! Sessions falling under the This Week in Washington header tracks can be filtered on the Agenda-At-A-Glance webpage and registration is open on the event webpage, so register today!

Legislative Updates

Debt Ceiling Negotiations Continue with Concerning Impacts on TANF Participants

APHSA has issued a letter to Congress elevating deep concerns that, as a whole, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program provisions in the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 will work counter to the goal of helping families experiencing poverty succeed in entering careers that lead to family-sustaining wages. Some of the more alarming elements of the current public proposal would reset the TANF caseload reduction credit from 2005 to 2022 and exclude from the WPR any employed SNAP) recipients receiving nominal TANF payments. APHSA will continue to put forward solutions that are effective in promoting long-term economic mobility through TANF and has put forward a full statement on our position concerning this act.

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Moving Human Services Upstream

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Chafee Strengthening Outcomes for Transition to Adulthood Project

The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) has requested the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s approval to collect data on programs serving youth transitioning out of foster care as part of the Chafee Strengthening Outcomes for Transition to Adulthood (Chafee SOTA) Project. The purpose will be to inform ACF programming in identifying innovative learning methods that address common evaluation challenges.

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Funding Opportunity: Prevention Services Evaluation Partnerships

This week, the ACF released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Prevention Services Evaluation Partnerships: Building Evidence for Mental Health, Substance Use, In-home Parent Skill-based, and Kinship Navigator Programs. The grants will support evaluators and partnering Title IV-E agencies, community entities, and other researchers in conducting rigorous summative evaluations of programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families. Applications are due July 11.

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Children's Bureau Releases Toolkit Compilation

The Children's Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has curated resources to support suicide prevention efforts and Tribal child welfare best practices. The two-page toolkit contains over links to Federal, Tribal, and non-profit resources to support efforts to safeguard and serve vulnerable Native youth.

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Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

FNS Posts Updated 2021 SNAP Program Index

The SNAP Program Index is designed to show the degree to which people with low incomes have access to SNAP benefits in each state. USDA Food and Nutrition Services recently posted the SNAP Program Index for 2021.

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Strengthening the Human Services Sector

Introductory Webinars for the National Early Care and Education Workforce Center

The six core partners of the National Early Care and Education Workforce Center (National ECE Workforce Center) are holding a webinar to educate participants on the new national effort to examine and address the need for fundamental changes to ECE career advancement systems, compensation, and workplace policies. The event will take place on May 23, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

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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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