October 1, 2021
Greetings!
Check out our latest Catalyst blog post, States Can Use SNAP E&T As a Strategy to Approach Skills Training, written by India Heckstall of the National Skills Coalition. This blog is the first in a series that the National Skills Coalition is producing to dive deeper into policies that states are using to create an inclusive and equitable economic recovery for all workers.
Join our team! APHSA is seeking an Associate Director to manage the day-to-day work of the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) project, which is operated by APHSA on behalf of the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.
Join us virtually next week at the NSDTA Annual Education Conference, bringing together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals. Register here.
Legislative Updates
Congress Averts Government Shutdown with Continuing Resolution

Late Thursday evening, a stopgap bill preventing a government shutdown was passed by the House and Senate. The continuing resolution (CR) will keep spending levels static for military and non-defense programs until December 3, including extending the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the temporary increase in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, as well as funding for many critical health and human services programs. In addition, the CR includes $6.3 billion to help resettle Afghan allies evacuated during the U.S. withdrawal and approximately $29 billion in aid to communities recovering from major disasters such as Hurricane Ida.

Continuing Resolution Creates Pathway for Afghan Evacuees to Access Benefits, Funds Refugee Assistance

In the just passed Continuing Resolution, Congress includes language that permits Afghan evacuees – including humanitarian parolees – and their families to qualify for resettlement assistance, entitlement programs, and benefits otherwise eligible for refugees admitted under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The new law ensures that all Afghan evacuees, regardless of their status, are eligible to apply for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The bill also provides $1.68 billion in funding for refugee benefits and services through state and non-profit organizations.

Read Bill - Afghan Evacuees referenced on page 31
House Delays Infrastructure Bill Vote; Uncertainty Remains on Path Forward for Reconciliation

On Thursday, the House postponed a vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill due to intra-party disagreements among Democrats on the price tag for the broader social spending package that remains under consideration through the budget reconciliation process. Further complicating the matter will be whether the debt limit – which was removed from the just passed Continuing Resolution in order to avert a government shutdown – will be incorporated into the potential budget reconciliation bill.

Employment and Economic Well-Being

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released guidance to extend authority for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for 90 days after the expiration of the national public health emergency (PHE). The guidance previously only covered 30 days after the national PHE expiration.

IRS Adds Frequently Asked Question on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has added new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). The FAQs clarify who employers may claim WOTC for, including those in their first year of employment who are recipients, or individuals whose families are recipients of state assistance under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (SSA).

Upcoming Events
APHSA Webinar — Partnering with State Associations to Develop Third-Party Providers: Spotlight on Alabama

Join us as we hear how the state of Alabama used a long-standing strategic partnership between the Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers (ANFRC) and the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) to build a powerful network of employment and training services for individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). With support and funding from the state legislature and governor’s office, and continued partnership with DHR, ANFRC helped Alabama’s Family Resource Centers to expand existing services to TANF customers and create new SNAP Education & Training programs providing career pathways and supportive services to individuals and families.

Tuesday, October 12, 4:00-5:00 PM EDT
SPARK 2021 Virtual Learning Experience
 
Designed by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation (Alliance-COA), SPARK 2021 is a three-day virtual learning experience that will activate the power of the social sector. Convene with leaders from across the human services ecosystem to create a unified, intrepid, just, and purposeful network so that all people can thrive.

October 12-14, 2021
APHSA Leadership Corner: Advancing a Strong Social and Economic Future for Black and Brown Families in the South

Join us for our next edition of our Leadership Corner series! Will will learn with Renata Soto, a nationally recognized leader and champion for partnering with immigrant families and communities to realize a better social and economic future across generations. Renata will share her journey as an immigrant being Latina in the South, the search for belonging and what home means, and talk about her search to better understand U.S. history, the country’s origin story, and its legacy of slavery and racism.
 
Tuesday, November 16, 2:00 PM EST
Upcoming APHSA Conferences
Registration is now open for our upcoming conferences, listed below. Get rewarded for bringing your team! For virtual attendance at NSDTA or AAHHSA, receive a $50 discount for five or more. Email aphsaconferences@aphsa.org to secure the registration discount code.
National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Conference
October 3-6

Connect with your colleagues virtually at the NSDTA Annual Education Conference. This conference brings together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Join us virtually for the opportunity to share ideas, resources, and engage in robust sessions. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more!
American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Conference
October 17-20

Join your colleagues virtually at the AAHHSA Annual Education Conference. This conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys representing state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. Join us virtually for content focusing on the policies and practices that enhance human services programs’ delivery and quality – all while earning continuing legal education credits! In-person registration is now open.
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.