April 1, 2022
Greetings!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families, and prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families. Find resources here.
Legislative Updates

Yesterday, the House Education and Labor committee introduced the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2022. Among many other things, the bill would increase funding for the workforce system, adds a performance measure for longer-term earning progression, and adds additional language to ensure focus on meeting the needs of priority populations, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants. The path forward for the bill remains unclear, with partisan differences over certain provisions.
 
Senators Introduce New Bill to Extend Child Nutrition Waivers

Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a new bill to extend the Child Nutrition waiver authority from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. This comes after the authority was notably not extended in the recent Omnibus. 

Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act of 2022

The Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act of 2022 (S. 3918) would establish programs aimed at improving family economic security by breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty and more.


Child and Family Well-Being
USDA Seeking Stakeholder Input on Meeting the Need for Kosher and Halal Foods through TEFAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is interested in feedback from states and food banks in all states and territories about how to best meet the needs of participants seeking kosher or halal foods through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Feedback can be sent to USDAFoods@usda.gov.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) issued a brief summarizing roundtable discussions on promising strategies to identify and make appropriate referrals related to substance use disorder (SUD) among human services participants. The discussion focused on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child welfare, domestic violence, and Head Start.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
CSBG Dear Colleague Letter – Eligibility Thresholds Update

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services (OCS) issued a Dear Colleague letter, (CSBG-DCL-2022-21) stating that, per the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 and section 673(2) of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act, states may revise the poverty line not to exceed 200 percent of the official poverty line for CSBG and CARES funding during FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021) and FY 2022 (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022).

FNS Updates State SNAP ABAWD Waiver Status for FY 2022 Third Quarter

This report from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is updated to show waivers in effect as of April 1, 2022, which covers waivers of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) who do not meet certain work requirements.

FCC Seeks Comment on Prevention and Elimination of Digital Discrimination

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) invites comment on the requirements encompassed in section 60506 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to inform forthcoming rulemaking to prevent and eliminate digital discrimination. Comments are due by May 16.

Eight New States Selected to Participate in the Direct Certification with Medicaid Demonstration Projects for SY 2022-23

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced that the selected states will conduct a demonstration project to expand the evaluation of direct certification with Medicaid for both free and reduced price meal eligibility in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The states selected are Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and South Carolina, bringing the total number of states participating in the demonstration project to 27.

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.

Upcoming APHSA Events
APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit

Come celebrate 90 years of APHSA! Registration is open for the APHSA 2022 National Health and Human Services Summit, to be held in-person on June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott 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.

Early Registration rates end May 13
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
American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference Call for Proposals

The AAHHSA Conference Call for Proposals is now open! The AAHHSA 2022 Conference will be held October 9-12 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square in Columbus, OH—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Registration opening soon!

Deadline: Friday, May 6
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
Upcoming Partner Events
Webinar - P-EBT for Children Under 6: USDA Update and Approved State Plans

Join the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for a webinar to learn the latest on Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) for children under 6. USDA will provide an overview and state agency representatives will share details of their newly approved plans to issues benefits to children under 6 on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Wednesday, April 6, 4:00-5:00 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.