October 25, 2019
H ere is the latest we are following around Washington. Be sure to check out our upcoming conferences and webinars in the events section below.

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Legislative Updates
Another Stopgap Funding Extension May Be Needed
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby announced that continued deadlock over appropriations negotiations may result in the need for another continuing resolution when current funding for the current fiscal year expires on November 21. The second funding extension is expected to extend prior year funding levels for programs through February or March 2020. If a second extension is approved, it is likely to include funding for TANF, which was funded under the first continuing resolution.
Congressional Research Service Analysis of USDA Appropriations
The Congressional Research Service has released a report summarizing proposed FY 2020 Senate and House appropriations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Agriculture appropriations bill includes discretionary funding levels for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The report shares comparisons between the House and Senate bill, and how funding levels compare to prior years.

Child and Family Well-Being
New Report Details Cost of Opioid Epidemic
The Society of Actuaries (SOA) released a report earlier this month detailing the cost to the US economy of the addiction crisis effecting most communities throughout the nation. The SOA report found that opioid addiction and its treatment cost the US $631 billion in a three-year period from 2015 to 2018. SOA also projected the 2019 cost, finding a median to be $188 billion, with a high estimate being $214 billion. The release of the report comes as states and cities are currently in negotiations to settle more than two thousand lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies accused for fanning the flame of addiction with overproduction and policies that encourage the liberal prescription of opioids. Avoiding trial, earlier this week Ohio’s attorney general settled with three different pharmaceutical companies including Johnson & Johnson, for roughly $260 million in cash and medical treatments. 

Native Americans Hit Hard by the Addiction Crisis Have Been Largely Overlooked
Native Americans are one of the populations most likely to overdose with 15.7 deaths per 100,000 - surpassed only by the white population with 19.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Experts in tribal health and Native American advocates highlight a lack of access to basic healthcare and common treatments. Advocates also call for increased resources, rather than state or federally run programs, to help tribal leaders solve the issue in their communities with culturally appropriate interventions.

New Data Shows First Foster Care Decrease Since 2011
This week, the Administration of Children and Families released promising data from FY 2018. For the first time since 2011, the total number of children in care has decreased and for the forth year in a row the amount of children reaching permanency through adoption increased, to an all time high. The data released by ACF also showed that rates of substance abuse in parents leading to removal remained stable with FY 2017 data and that neglect is still the leading cause for child welfare interventions. ACF highlights that the promotion of prevention services over standard removal procedures contributed significantly to the decreases.

Reminder: Last Day to Submit Prevention Programs to the Prevention Services Clearinghouse is October 31
The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse requests recommendations for mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services to be considered for systematic review. The submission deadline is October 31.

Upcoming Events
American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference ~ An APHSA Affinity Group Event
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
Webinar: Child Welfare – What Story is Your Data Telling You?
What is the price of not having the critical information that helps you improve outcomes for children, youth and families? Join NCCD Children’s Research Center and IBM Watson Health to learn how you can empower your child welfare staff to utilize data and analytics to efficiently and effectively modernize systems and services and meet quality reporting needs. Discover how you can improve data quality, recognize relationships within your data sets, and interact with data intuitively to uncover actionable information.

Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Webinar: How the Family First Act May Affect Child Welfare Financing
Child Trends and APHSA will host a webinar to highlight how the Family First Act may impact child welfare agency spending on services for children and families. Researchers will discuss child welfare agency spending on preventive services, family foster care, congregate care, and challenges to tracking spending on evidence-based practices in 2016, as well as how spending may change with the implementation of the Family First Act.

Wednesday, October 30, 2:00-3:30 PM EST
American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo
"Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health, " is the theme for the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, the largest and most influential annual gathering of public health professionals. Nearly 13,000 attendees join each year to present, learn and find inspiration. APHA brings together people and organizations who make a difference from the global level to the local level.

November 2-6 | Philadelphia, PA
Webinar: Unlocking Success in Human Services - There Really is a Secret Sauce
Join Change & Innovation Agency (C!A) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as they take a deeper dive into the secret sauce that Idaho (and others) adopted that led to massive improvements in capacity for both child welfare and benefit programs. They will outline the four most critical components of leading large-scale change initiatives that radically impact performance. Leave with a proven blueprint that will help you, too, radically improve your human services operation and outcomes.

Thursday, November 7, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Research Conference
"Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence," is the theme for the APPAM Conference, a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. Conversations will reach across disciplinary, methodological and ideological divides and take place across 300+ educational programs in a variety of formats, including panels, roundtables, poster presentations, super sessions and special events.

November 7-9 | Denver, CO
Webinar: Data Sharing in Human Services to End Homelessness Challenges and Solutions
Housing is a key factor for anyone to live healthy and there are a number of solutions that bring human services and housing data together to help all of us get there. Join us along with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to learn about best practices and examples from the field that bring these data together to help families reach their potential.

Thursday, November 14, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
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.