May 17, 2019
We look forward to seeing you at the APHSA National HHS Summit next week in Arlington, VA! We'll discuss how we can influence policy, unlock the potential of all people in all places and positively impact the well-being of individuals, families and communitie s. Don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter using # APHSASummit19. Due to the Summit and the upcoming Memorial Day recess, TWIW is taking a short break—look for the next issue on June 7. In the meantime, here is what we are following:
Legislative Update
FY 2020 Appropriations Update
The House appropriations committee passed three FY 2020 spending bills: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs. A State-Foreign Operations bill was approved at the subcommittee level, and subcommittee consideration of Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, and Defense has been scheduled.
House Committee Approves Reauthorization of Child Abuse Prevention Programs
The House Committee on Education and Labor approved the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 2480), which would reauthorize and modify Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) grants through FY 2025 and improve data quality. The bill will authorize $270 million for the expansion of prevention services to reach over 3 million children annually and another $270 million to foster new research and support state child protective services agencies.
Latest Family First Bill Introduced on House and Senate Floor
Led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, both houses of Congress introduced the newest version of the Family First Transition and Support Act of 2019. This version of the bill lays out the same updates to Family First as previous versions featured. Rep. Brass calls on her congressional colleagues to get this passed quickly so that implementation for FFPSA can run smoothly for states planning to implement on October 1 of this year. 
Child and Family Well-Being
ACF Releases CCDF Income Ranges
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided 2019 federal poverty guidelines for determining eligibility under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Information is provided for the 48 Contiguous States and DC, as well as for Alaska and Hawaii.
America’s Housing Is Getting More Crowded. How Will That
Affect Children?
The Urban Institute reports that growing up in a crowded home can have negative consequences on a child’s well-being. Households are becoming increasingly exposed to crowded housing conditions, with levels higher than those prior to the Great Recession. Living in a crowded home can negatively affect academic performance, educational outcomes, behavioral health, and physical health.
Employment and Economic Well-Being
ACF Proposes New TANF Case Studies Project
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks comment on a new data collection to document innovative employment and training programs for low-income individuals, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, and examine ways the programs provide wraparound services. Comments are due by July 20 to
FNS Announces D-SNAP Improvements
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced that it is improving the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), based on a workgroup it convened with in several states that focused on improving the program’s applicant screening, technology, and training.
HRSA Announces Rural Communities Opioid Response
Program Grants
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $24 million for the second round of planning grants. Recipients across 40 states will receive $200,000 for one year to formalize partnerships with local stakeholders, conduct needs assessments, and develop plans to implement and sustain substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.
Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status
HUD issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would prohibit mixed status families from living in public housing and Section 8 programs. Currently, mixed status families receive prorated housing subsidies so that ineligible family members do not receive any housing assistance. The proposal would also require all subsidized housing residents who are not elderly to have their immigration status verified. Families with members who are deemed “ineligible” will be evicted from subsidized housing after 18 months or sooner. Interested persons are invited to submit comments by July 9.
How We Can Turn Housing Mobility Into Economic Opportunity
Governing Magazine shares that there is growing evidence that housing mobility can help families move up the economic ladder, especially if tackled at a regional scale. Housing mobility refers to efforts to help low-income families access resource-rich areas that offer strong schools, low rates of violent crime and other amenities that help children build a solid foundation for the future. A new federal demonstration will provide funding to administer and evaluate regional housing mobility programs.
Upcoming Events
From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early
Learning Facilities
Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center at an event to promote safe and developmentally-appropriate child care and early learning facilities. The event will explore the scope of the facilities problem, as well as opportunities for financing facility renovation and construction through community partnerships, capacity building, innovation, and philanthropic engagement.

Wednesday, May 22 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST
Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC
After the Fanfare: Family First One Year Later
Please join the American Enterprise Institute as a panel of experts explains how Family First is progressing around the country. One year has passed since the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act. This bipartisan legislation offered states the option to apply Title IV-E foster care funds toward preventive services intended to keep children in homes with their families. The legislation also placed a cap on the amount of federal funds that could be used to fund residential institutions for kids in foster care.

Thursday, May 23 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
AEI, Auditorium, 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Live stream also available
Big Data, Little Kids: How Technology Is Changing Child Welfare
Join the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as they share the cutting edge of using technology to keep our most vulnerable kids safe. Many complain that the world of child welfare is still in the dark ages with communication and technology. The big data revolution that has changed baseball, medicine, and other fields has finally come to child welfare.

Wednesday, June 5 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
AEI, Auditorium | 1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC
Live stream also available
Upcoming Webinars
Creating Affordable, Healthy Housing
This Urban Institute webinar will explore the connection between housing and health, with a focus on emerging research about pathways to improve health outcomes by reducing housing insecurity and improving quality and affordability. Broader social issues, including gentrification and displacement will also be discussed.

Wednesday, May 22 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM EST
Spring Webinar Series on Work Supports and Health
This spring, P4A’s Research Hub at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the University of California, Berkeley, will host a series of three webinars on the impacts of work supports on health. The series will bring together researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders to discuss the evidence that work supports, such as paid family and medical leave, affect family health and well-being.

Work Supports to Improve Adult Health
Friday, May 31 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Peer Learning Opportunity - OCC's New Monitoring Process
Please join your NASCCA colleagues in a peer learning session on OCC’s new monitoring process from pilot states. Child Care Administrators will discuss their experience in preparing for the monitoring visit, what to expect when the monitoring team is on site, and follow up after the monitoring visit has concluded. We hope hearing from these early states will offer an opportunity for states in subsequent rounds. 

Thursday, June 6 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Upcoming Conferences
APHSA Local Council Retreat
This year’s retreat will focus on localism in action by highlighting and uplifting the work that several counties are doing to “build well-being from the ground up.” This is an invitation only event reserved for local agency CEOs and their select staff.

June 19 - 21 | Hilton Charlotte Center City, Charlotte, NC
Annual Convening: Essential Conversations on Human Services
The National Human Services Assembly is excited to offer a rich schedule of programming for their Annual Convening, including multiple learning sessions featuring young people’s learning and development and grassroots advocacy campaigns. Additionally, there will be opportunities to network, time to engage with sponsors, and the election of the board and officers.

Tuesday, June 11 | 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EST
FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th Fl., Washington, DC
APHSA Career Center - Post Your Open Positions Today

APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the health and human services (H/HS) field. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates looking for careers in H/HS and job seekers will find a bevy of opportunities throughout the country.