March 11, 2022
March is National Social Work month! It's a time to celebrate the great profession of social work, with the 2022 theme: The Time is Right for Social Work. Find resources to support your child welfare workforce in this collection from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. We appreciate the hard work of our social workers, this month and every day!
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education 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. Be sure to submit proposals by April 8.
Legislative Updates
Congress Passes FY 2022 Appropriations Omnibus

On Thursday, Congress passed an FY 2022 omnibus appropriations package, ensuring funding for the federal government through September 2022. The bill, which includes a 6.7% increase in non-defense discretionary programs, is expected to be signed into law by the President.

NACo and NACHSA Letter Urges SNAP Flexibilities During Public Health Emergency Transition

Today, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Human Services Administrators (NACHSA) sent a letter urging Congress to provide a six-month extension of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) administrative waivers during the transition after the public health emergency expires. The letter aligns with a call for temporary SNAP administrative and staffing flexibilities made by APHSA last week.

Child and Family Well-Being
Request for Information: How do Child Welfare Agencies Collect and Use Data to Advance Equity?

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children & Families (ACF) has posted a request for information on how child welfare agencies collect and use data to advance equity. Comments are due March 31.

Final Rule Published for Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions

This week the Department of Homeland Security issued final rulemaking to amend regulations governing the requirements and procedures for juveniles seeking classification as a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ). The rule seeks to align SIJ classification with the purpose of providing humanitarian protection to eligible child survivors of parental abuse, abandonment, or neglect. The rule is set to go into effect April 7, 2022.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
CMS Issues Updated Guidance on Post-PHE Redeterminations and Post-Enrollment Verifications

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) issued updated guidance on March 3 detailing how states should handle post-public health emergency (PHE) operations. In the new guidance, CMS announces that they will be giving states an additional two months (up to 14 months) to complete redeterminations following the end of the PHE. The guidance also encourages alignment of renewal dates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other human services agencies.

Partner Updates
WorkRise RFP for Pilot Studies on Worker Mobility

WorkRise is pleased to announce a new $2.5 million request for proposals (RFP) soliciting pilot projects that test and evaluate public-and private-sector interventions to strengthen economic security and mobility for low-wage workers in the U.S. labor market. The initiative welcomes submissions from researchers and from practitioners (employers, advocates, government agencies, and service providers) with an established research and evaluation partner. The RFP will accept letters of inquiry through April 8.

A Stable Transition: Key Challenges for Youth Accessing Social Services Programs

As young people transition into adulthood, access to food, housing, health care, and income can shape their life trajectories. For young people without sufficient income or family support, necessary social services programs can be difficult to access, as many programs don’t accommodate their developmental stage or life circumstances. In a new video from the Urban Institute, young people discuss the key challenges they face while accessing supports and provide recommendations for how policies could better meet their needs.

Upcoming APHSA Events
IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Conference Call for Proposals

The ISM Conference Call for Proposals is now open for state and local government agencies. The 2022 ISM Annual Conference and Expo will be held October 23-26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our Call for Proposals Guide. Registration opening soon!

Deadline: Friday, March 18
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
OFA Webinar - TANF Next Practices: Lessons from COVID-19 Informing Innovation and Modernization

Join APHSA along with the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) PeerTA for a webinar providing a discussion platform for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs just starting to think about program innovation and modernization, as well as those deep into the journey. PeerTA and APHSA will facilitate a discussion with three TANF programs at various stages of innovation and modernization that will share their experiences, and how COVID-19 has impacted their journey.

Wednesday, March 23, 12:30-2:00 PM EDT
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
Digital Transformation Masterclass Series: Setting the Stage for Transformation

Join the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Workforce ITSC with workforce system veteran Rick Maher as he shares his model for organizational agility. Using an online assessment and a structured learning program, the virtual sessions will help individuals and their organizations develop the mindset necessary to become more agile in the digital age.

Tuesday, March 22, 1:30-4:00 PM EDT - Part 1
Thursday, March 24, 1:30-4:00 PM EDT - Part 2
NTIA IIJA Broadband Grant Program Webinar Series

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a pre-Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) technical assistance webinar series in connection with the five new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA): The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program; the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program; and the Digital Equity Act Programs, which include the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program, State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, and Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program.

March–May, 2022
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.