March 25, 2022
Come celebrate 90 years of APHSA! We are excited to announce that in-person registration is open for the APHSA 2022 National Health and Human Services Summit, to be held June 12-15 in Arlington, VA. Our theme, The Way Forward: Charting our Next Course speaks to both the once-in-a-generation moment we are in and honors our 90th anniversary celebration. In this milestone anniversary, we are showcasing volunteer leaders, parent and community voices, and many others who make our work possible. Register now!
Additionally, the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference Call for Proposals is now open! The AAHHSA 2022 Conference will be held October 9-12 in Columbus, OH—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Be sure to submit proposals by May 6.
Legislative Updates

On Wednesday, March 30, the House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations will hold its first Farm Bill hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The event will be available to the public to virtually attend.

CCDBG Reauthorization Act of 2022 Introduced

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Burr (R-NC) have introduced the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bill reflects a Republican counterproposal to the child care provisions included in the Build Back Better Act, and would expand access to child care by increasing eligibility to 150% of state medium income and tier copayments to limit families contribution to match their income.

Child and Family Well-Being
ACF Releases Guidance on CCDF Discretionary Reallotment Process

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has posted instructions for states to report Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) allocations they will be unable to obligate by September 30, 2022. States must fully obligate by this deadline their FY 2021 CCDF allotments as well as supplemental child care funding awarded through the CARES Act, CRRSA Act, and Stabilization funding from the ARP Act.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
FNS Updates List of States Using SNAP Administrative Flexibilities

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently updated its list of states using COVID flexibilities for their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As of March 2022, 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands are using at least one waiver.

FNS Releases Report on Direct Certification with Medicaid and Reduced-Price Meals Demonstration

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released their summary and final report on the Direct Certification with Medicaid for Free and Reduced-Price Meals demonstration project for School Year 2019-20. Overall, more than 1.2 million students in 13 states were certified, while states administrative costs decreased.

FNS Releases SNAP Participation Rates for FY 2016-19

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released the latest report in a series about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation rates. The report found that elderly individuals participated in SNAP at lower-than-average rates and there were statistically significant decreases in participation rates for noncitizens and citizen children living with noncitizen adults.

Partner Updates
Case Study Series - Flipping the script: Narratives About Poverty, Race and Mobility in the U.S.

To change the narrative, we have to change the narrator. Learn more about why narratives matter, what the current narratives about poverty, race and economic mobility are, and how you can flip the script by watching a new webinar and case study series produced by the Kresge Foundation in partnership with with APHSA, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, Protagonist, Ascend at The Aspen Institute, and First 5 Alameda County.

State/Local Government Tax Credit Outreach Workshop

The White House and U.S. Treasury are holding a workshop on Monday, March 28 at noon ET, on how state and local governments and agencies can help families with low income connect to thousands of dollars of federal tax benefits. Simple outreach from state and local agencies are among the most effective at getting families enrolled. The event is focused on helping state and local governments take action, but other individuals/organizations are welcome to join. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Upcoming APHSA Events
Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference Call for Proposals

The EMWB Conference Call for Proposals is now open! The EMWB 2022 Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our Call for Proposals Guide. Registration opening soon!

Deadline: Friday, April 8
National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education Conference Call for Proposals

The NSDTA Conference Call for Proposals is now open! The NSDTA 2022 Conference will be held October 16-19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center, Spokane, WA—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Registration opening soon!

Deadline: Friday, April 8
NSDTA Showcase Series: Inspiring Action Using Stories from the Past, Present, and Future

Join us along with Lawrence Mirabal for an inspiring learning opportunity! This session will reflect on how some of the most inspirational leaders of our past have been able to motivate others to achieve greatness. We will analyze several examples of inspirational speeches to understand the elements that made their stories compelling. We will then learn how to take a similar approach to motivate those in our organization to follow our lead.

Wednesday, March 30, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT
APHSA Webinar - Turnover …Turnaround: Creative Solutions for Child Welfare Agencies to Overcome Social Worker Turnover and Build the Capacity They Need

Join APHSA along with Change and Innovation Agency for a highly engaging roundtable discussion, with a dynamic line-up of child welfare leaders from OK, PA, the City of Alexandria, VA and Montgomery County, MD, who will tackle this timely topic. They will dive into the underlying cause of the staffing crisis; share their agencies’ staffing lessons learned; and offer creative, proven actions they have taken to strengthen retention, build the capacity they need, and turn around turnover.

Wednesday, April 6, 3:00 PM EDT
Partner Events
ED and USDA: College Students and SNAP Webinar

Join the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) and the USDA for a discussion about the work being done at the Department of Education to support students’ basic needs and the promising work being done at Portland Community College to connect students to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA experts will also discuss student eligibility for SNAP and the role institutions of higher education can play to get the word out about this benefit.

Thursday, March 31, 2:00 PM EDT
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.