September 9, 2022

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In partnership with APHSA, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and Code For America, The White House is hosting a virtual back-to-school workshop on Monday, September 12, focusing on how agencies can connect families with the Child Tax Credit and the Affordable Connectivity Program. The workshop is recommended for State, local, tribal and territory government leaders and partners, school districts, and community-based organizations. Register for workshop here.

In August, APHSA submitted a response to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s proposed revision of civil rights data collection methods. This change would no longer allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility staff to visually assign a race or ethnicity to a SNAP applicant. APHSA was in favor of the change, and suggested that instead, FNS create a formal race and ethnicity category of “unreported”.

In our latest Catalyst blog post, Tackling Turnover: How Agencies Are Supporting and Sustaining Their Workforce, Laura Haffield (Northwoods) shares advice on overcoming unprecedented levels of burnout and turnover.

We’re seeking a Vice President of External Relations to serve in a key leadership position at APHSA. The VP has the primary responsibility for building strong external relationships that advance the mission of APHSA, raise financial support, and help grow our national influence. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.

Administration Updates

Final Rule for Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule for the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility. This establishes new rules for implementing public charge ground of inadmissibility under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4). The new rule establishes a regulation similar to the 1999 Field Guidance on Deportability and provides further clarification and changes to the 1999 Field Guidance. Under the new rule, a noncitizen’s reliance on or receipt of non-cash benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Medicaid (except for support for long-term institutionalization); Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); or other non-cash, supplemental, or special-purpose benefit programs, will not be considered by DHS in determining whether a noncitizen is deemed likely at any time to become a public charge. This rule implements regulations replacing the 2019 Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule, which is no longer in effect.

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Child and Family Well-Being

APHSA Joint Letter to Congress on TANF Extension

APHSA submitted a joint letter this week on behalf of our coalition of membership associations urging Congress to provide a one-year extension to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, while we continue to work towards a bipartisan solution for a long-term reauthorization. We look forward to being a resource and ally as we work together to ensure TANF remains an effective tool to promote economic mobility and help people achieve family-sustaining wages.

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Supplemental Funding Under the ARP Act of 2021 for the CBCAP and CAPTA State Grant Programs

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released guidance on allowable uses of $250 million in supplemental funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) and $100 million for Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) State Grants. The funding must be obligated by September 30, 2025, and liquidated by December 30, 2025.

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2022 FVPSA ARP Information Memorandum

This information memorandum from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) contains guidance on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) supplemental grant awards from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), as well as frequently asked questions, and financial grants management training modules. 

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ZERO TO THREE Awarded $5 Million from HHS to Strengthen ITCP

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded ZERO TO THREE, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, $5 million as part of a five-year continuation grant from the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The grant's purpose is to further the Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP), a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of babies, toddlers and families at risk of involvement with the child welfare system.

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ACF Issues Guidance on CSBG CARES Act Funds

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) developed additional guidance and resources to help Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grant recipients effectively utilize remaining CARES Act funds. All of the CSBG CARES funds must be obligated by September 30, 2022 and liquidated by December 30, 2022.


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Employment and Economic Well-Being

FNS Releases P-EBT Guidance for SY 2022-23

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released its guidance for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the current school year. The guidance includes a question and answer document and a state plan template. The guidance is largely similar to School Year (SY) 21-22, except for new guidance around eligibility for students in virtual school for reasons related to COVID-19.

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USDA Accepting Applications for Regional Food Centers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $400 million in funding to support systems coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building services through USDA’s new Regional Food Business Centers. USDA will fund at least six regional centers, to include a national tribal center and at least one center serving each of three targeted areas: Colonias (counties on the US/Mexico border), persistent poverty or other communities of high need/limited resources areas of the Delta and the Southeast, and high need areas of Appalachia as well as centers in other regions of the country. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply by November 22, 11:59 PM EST.

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FNS Released Temporary SNAP Waivers to Support Unwinding

Last month, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released four new temporary waivers to support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies in unwinding from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The waivers include streamlining recertification procedures, waiving the certification interview, adjusting follow-up procedures for address changes, and allowing for verbal attestation for telephonic signature. These waivers can be approved for up to 12 months.

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2021 Food Insecurity Numbers Released From ERS

The 2021 food insecurity numbers were posted this year from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The findings showed that overall, food insecurity remained about the same as in 2019 and 2020, at just over 10% of American households. In households with children, food security dropped from 7.6% in 2020 to 6.2% in 2021.

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EDA Awards $500 Million for Good Jobs Challenge

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced funding awarded to 32 workforce training partnerships as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge. The program was funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

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Upcoming APHSA Events

NSDTA Showcase Series: Using Human Resources Data to Address Workforce Challenges

Join us for our next Showcase Series webinar along with speakers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center on Children, Families and the Law; the Butler Institute for Families; and Fairfax Co. Dept. of Family Services. We will discuss several uses of human resource data and numerous metrics for workforce processes and outcomes using examples from human services agencies.

Tuesday, September 20, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

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APHSA Peer Learning Webinar Continuous Quality Improvement in VA: Applying DAPIM™ in Fairfax County DFS and Richmond DSS

Join us to hear how two agencies in Virginia – Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services and Richmond’s Department of Social Services – partnered with APHSA and used DAPIM™ to implement their plans around organizational development and strategic change management. We welcome you to join this discussion and share your experiences and practices around CQI and managing change in the human services sector.

Thursday, October 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

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American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference

The 2022 American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference will be held at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH. The AAHHSA conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys who represent the state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. This conference promotes pragmatic innovation in health and human services while facilitating the exchange of information between attorneys from across the nation.

October 9-12, 2022

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National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference

The 2022 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center in Spokane, WA. This conference brings together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Join us for the opportunity to share ideas, resources, and engage in robust sessions. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more!

October 16-19, 2022

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Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo

The 2022 Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. This event brings together agency leaders in technology, along with the private sector firms focused on providing solutions for health and human services agencies. The content presented will promote IT solutions and best practices that enhance the delivery of health and human services.

October 23-26, 2022

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Upcoming Partner Events

White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

The much-anticipated White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health will be held in Washington, DC later this month. There is yet to be a public agenda, but the White House has said there will be both an in-person event as well as a virtual option. This is the first conference of this kind in over 50 years.

Wednesday, September 28

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Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare, A Partner Education Monthly Series

Join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a series of calls running through December 2022 on the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding, to share what agencies and partners should know and guidance on how to prepare for the forthcoming unwinding.

September 28, 12:00 PM ET

October 26, 12:00 PM ET

December 7, 12:00 PM ET

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SNAP E&T 2022 National Forum

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Office of Employment and Training (E&T) is pleased to host the second SNAP E&T National Forum at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. Join fellow state agencies and SNAP E&T stakeholders as we gather together to build better SNAP E&T programs that lead with equity, create economic opportunity, and meet local workforce needs.

December 13-14, 2022

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