July 12, 2019
Congress is back in session after the Fourth of July holiday break and here is the latest we are following around Washington. Also, a ward and s cholarship opportunities for the NSDTA and AASD/NASTA conferences are closing soon - details in the conference section below .
Legislative Update
Hawaii Governor Signs Milestone Legislation
Congratulations to Hawaii and the HI Department of Human Services on achieving another milestone in its implementation of the 'Ohana Nui framework. Governor Ige signed H.B. 1417 (Act 82, SLH 2019), that requires the Department of Human Services to use an integrated and multigenerational approach to deliver human services to reduce the incidence of intergenerational poverty and dependence on public benefits. HI DHS launched 'Ohana Nui in 2016 to better address the needs of children, parents, and grandparents early and concurrently, resulting in better outcomes for the family.
Child and Family Well-Being
Casey Family Programs Signature Report
Casey Family Programs has released its 2019 signature report, On the Pathway of Hope. The report is particularly significant, as it comes during a critical moment for the future of child welfare. With the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act in 2018, states, tribes and communities have important new opportunities to invest in transformative changes that strengthen families so more children can remain safely in their homes and communities.
Employment and Economic Well-Being
TANF Data Collaborative Launches
The TANF Data Collaborative (TDC), a new resource sponsored by the Administration For Children & Families (ACF) is now live. TDC is designed to build on and accelerate the use of TANF, earnings, and other administrative data for program improvement and evidence building at the federal, state, and local level. Learn about pilot funding, scholarships, free tools and more to support data-driven management. Nominate a TANF agency (including your own) to receive funding through the TDC Pilot Initiative. Submit nominations by September 30.
USDA FNS Seeks Public Comments on Multiple Information Collection Activities Related to SNAP
On July 2, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on a proposed information collection for the Modernizing Channels of Communication with SNAP Participants study. The primary purpose of the study is to highlight best practices and lessons learned from various mobile communication strategies (MCS) implemented by State SNAP agencies. The examination will help FNS and States improve communication and identify best practices that lead to improved program outcomes. Written comments must be received on or before September 3.

On July 10, FNS invited public comments on the reinstatement, with changes, of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired. The previously approved collection deal is associated with SNAP agencies notifying FNS of and thereafter reporting on Major Changes in their operation of SNAP. The final rule entitled Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Review of Major Changes in Program Design and Management Evaluation Systems was published on January 19, 2016. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on March 10, 2016. Comments regarding the reinstatement of this information collection are due by September 9.
HHS ACF Releases Guidance on FY 2020 LIHEAP Plans
On July 1, ACF released new guidance for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The guidance provides instructions for how to access and submit the new LIHEAP plan and explains changes to its requirements. FY 2020 LIHEAP Plans are due to ACF by September 3.
Upcoming APHSA Conferences
National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Annual Education Conference
The 2019 NAPIPM Annual Education Conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for dedicated human services professionals responsible for improving the performance measurement capabilities of their agencies. Join your colleagues from across the nation for a series of information-rich presentations and breakout sessions focusing on reshaping today’s service delivery systems.

August 5-8 | Memphis, TN
American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Education Conference
The 2019 AASD/NASTA Annual Conference is designed to assist Health and Human Service leaders and policy makers to shape the future of SNAP and TANF programs through collaboration and modernization and the exchange of experience and knowledge amongst attendees. Join your colleagues from across the nation for a series of information-rich presentations and breakout sessions focused on advancing SNAP and TANF programs.

August 25-28 | Charlotte, NC
AASD/NASTA Distinguished Service Awards offer the opportunity to recognize outstanding performance in the design, delivery, management and administration of the SNAP and TANF Programs by human services employees and programs. Awards are open to any individual, agency, company, or program that provides SNAP or TANF services. Nominations close on Friday, July 19.
Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference
The 2019 ISM Conference is the premiere conference for health and human services IT leaders, focusing on innovative IT solutions. For 52 years, the ISM Conference has brought together the brightest minds from public H/HS agencies, private industry, academia and community-based organizations to showcase the future of H/HS Information Technology. The 2019 topics will include: Data Analytics, Modernizing the Workforce, Inventive Strategies, Operationalizing Technology, Technology in Service of Customers and more.

September 22-25 | Milwaukee, WI
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education Conference
The 2019 NSDTA Education Conference is designed to assist Health and Human Services leaders responsible for training, staff and organizational development/effectiveness and workforce planning shape the future of these vital programs through collaboration, innovation and the exchange of experience and knowledge amongst attendees.

October 20-23 | Long Beach, CA
NSDTA Recognition Awards are to recognize outstanding individuals and initiatives within your organization which are helping advance the delivery of health and human services practices or programs to staff. Nominations close on Saturday, July 13.

NSDTA Joan Carrera Memorial Scholarships allow first time attendees to attend the conference at partial to no cost. Scholarships are open to anyone who provides training or organizational development technical assistance to public human services employees. Application closes on Saturday, July 13.
American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference
The AAHHSA Annual National Education and Training Conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys who represent the state and local government agencies that administer health and/or human services programs. The overarching goal of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of information between attorneys and promote pragmatic innovation in the field of H/HS services.

October 27-30 | Arlington, VA
Upcoming Events
A Home for Everyone Annual Conference
A Home for Everyone conference hosted by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing focuses on issues for low-income families and individuals. Their mission is to provide access to decent, safe and affordable housing for economically disadvantaged households in Wisconsin through the preservation and development of housing and housing services by promoting effective collaboration between public, private and community organization.

July 17 – 18 | The Lismore Hotel, Eau Claire, WI
African American Economic Security and the Role of Social Security
Join the Urban Institute to discuss a new brief that addresses s tructural barriers precluding many African American workers from jobs with pension coverage and sufficient income to save for retirement. These labor market disparities result in Social Security benefit levels that leave a disproportionate share of African Americans in poverty.

Wednesday, July 24, 9:00-11:00 AM EST
Urban Institute, 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics ( NAWRS) Workshop
The NAWRS 2019 Workshop will have presentations on topics including child support, coaching, early childhood education, child care, foster care, substance abuse, workforce programs including SNAP E&T, and more. Additionally, they will have several exciting Research Academy sessions to discuss how to incorporate rigorous research methods into ongoing agency efforts to improve and document program effectiveness.

July 28 - 31 | Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA
NSDTA Showcase Series Webinar: Technology in the Training Room - What's HOT and How to Use it!
Join us for the latest webinar in the NSDTA Showcase Series. Using technology provides the opportunity for presenters to keep learners immersed and excited to learn while additionally catering to the varying styles in adult learning. This webinar will introduce you to HOT technologies used to implement media in an adult learning environment, producing a first-class training experience. Together, we will explore a variety of tools used to amplify learner retention, cater to the thrills within us all with content specific games, and uncover tools used to boost learner buy-in to create a more collaborative learning experience.

Wednesday, July 31, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Well-Being Exchange - Igniting The Potential
Join clinical and organizational psychologist Beth Cohen, Ph.D. in this session designed for human services professionals who frequently experience emotional stress as a result of the nature of their work. The purpose of the Well-Being Exchange is to provide information on health and well-being, share information, discuss strategies and explore frameworks related to health and well-being in human services. Participants will be provided with opportunities to share meaningful ideas and best practices.

Thursday, August 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM EST
UC Davis Activities & Recreation Center, Davis, CA

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.