September 11, 2020
As we mark the 19th anniversary of September 11 today, we remember the loss and sacrifice of fellow Americans. Let's use the day of remembrance as a reminder to reach out to one another, be kind and caring, especially considering our current challenges.
APHSA has released a special statement that calls upon federal leaders to come together around bipartisan solutions that equip state and local agencies with the tools needed to meet the whole needs of families and communities.

Our next Leadership Corner series session is upcoming - "The Chief Growth Officer: Achieving Breakthrough Growth in Outcomes and Value," with Antonio M. Oftelie, PhD. on September 23. Our Experience NSDTA 360 registration, award and scholarship opportunities are now open; nominate your agency or yourself! Our Experience AAHHSA 360 registration is also now open. Stay tuned for additional upcoming virtual events in the months ahead!
Legislative Updates
Senate “Skinny Bill” Blocked

On Thursday, the Senate rejected an attempt to advance the Republicans’ “skinny bill,” the $500 billion coronavirus relief measure, by a 52-47 vote. The bill included $300 in additional federal weekly unemployment benefits through December, another round of the Paycheck Protection Program, and liability protections for schools, among other measures.

Child and Family Well-Being
CCDF State Plans Published in Federal Register for Public Comment

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a request for public comment. The request for comment, “Proposed Information Collection Activity; Child Care and Development Fund Plan for States/Territories for FFY 2022-2024,” is seeking comments on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for agency performance, including whether the information shall have practical utility, and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments are due by Monday, November 9.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
House Ag and Ed & Labor Call for P-EBT Clarification

Representatives Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, and Bobby Scott, Chair of the Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter to USDA requesting clarification on the Department’s recent guidelines around Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) issuance for August and September P-EBT. Specifically, they request further clarification for states regarding schools with a delayed start and schools that are offering grab and go meals.

SNAP E&T Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grant Projects Published

On Tuesday, the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) published summaries of five state projects funded under 2020 FNS Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants. DATA grants support the development, collection, reporting, analysis and use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) participant outcome data. Grant recipients are Georgia, New Hampshire, New York, Washington DC, and Tennessee. 

The Office of Child Support Enforcement Issues Dear Colleague Letters on Annual Reporting and Certification Letters

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) issued two Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) reminding states to submit the Annual Certification Letter to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement by September 30, and to submit Child Support Enforcement Annual Data Reports (OCSE-157) by October 30. The letters provide additional context and instructions for completing the letter and reporting form.

Quality Control Review Due Dates Extended for June 2020

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has extended the deadline for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control (QC) reviews for June 2020 by an additional 45 days. This waiver was previously given for March-May 2020.

USDA Finds that Consistent WIC Participation Increases Nutrition Outcomes

A recent USDA report found that four-year participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) results in higher diet quality and nutrition outcomes for low income children. This is one finding of a longitudinal study which includes multiple reports linked below.

Upcoming Webinars & Events
APHSA Leadership Corner Series: Conversations to Spark Inspiration and Innovation

Join us virtually for our next session — "The Chief Growth Officer: Achieving Breakthrough Growth in Outcomes and Value," featuring Antonio M. Oftelie, PhD. This session will help you embrace the challenge of leading organizations, institutions, communities – and yourself – into new levels of growth. Chief Growth Officers learn that successful transformation hinges on the ability to harmonize growth of outcomes, growth in organizational capacity, and growth in the purpose and identity of people doing the work.

If you missed our inaugural event on August 19: "Leading Courageously in Crisis: Rules of the Road," featuring Author and Historian, Nancy Koehn, you can access it here.

Wednesday, September 23, 1:00-2:15 PM EDT
Experience NSDTA 360: New Directions
Conference Registration, Awards & Scholarships Now Open

The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) will be holding Experience NSDTA 360, a two-day virtual event where we will share our collective work on supporting human services staff in response to the national pandemic. Early registration rates end September 29.

October 6-7, 2020
The NSDTA Recognition Awards and Joan Carrera Memorial Scholarships are now open for submission. Awards will recognize outstanding individuals and or initiatives which are helping advance the delivery of health and human services practices or programs to staff. The scholarship trust will provide scholarships for individuals who provide training or organizational development technical assistance to health and human service agencies to attend a NSDTA conference. The deadline for both opportunities is September 25.
Experience AAHHSA 360: Conference Registration Now Open

The American Association of Health & Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) will be holding a two-day virtual event to facilitate the exchange of information between attorneys and promote pragmatic innovation in the field of H/HS services. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available with live and on-demand sessions. Group discounts are available. Early registration rates end October 6.

October 20-21, 2020
Future Cities Virtual Summit

Join Route 50 for their new digital event series. During this inaugural event, leaders from across state and local government will come together to discuss the roadmap to 2030, covering everything from affordable housing, building future cities, transportation systems, election security and case studies from cities and towns across the country. Make sure to check out “Livability Day” on September 15, where state and local leaders will discuss affordable housing, economic development, equitable health access and more.

September 14-18, 2020
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.