June 14, 2019
With Congress in session this week, several items remain on our radar. And for your radar, several of our conference registrations are now open! Check them out here or in the conference section below.
Legislative Update
House Begins Debate on Labor-HHS-Education Minibus
This week, the House began consideration of the first minibus appropriations bill that includes: Defense, Labor-HHS-Education, Energy-Water, and State-Foreign Operations. Thus far, the Rules Committee made 221 amendments in order, with only a third being adopted by the House. Because of the number of amendments to debate and vote to adopt, final passage of the bill is not expected to take place until next week. House Leadership would like to pass all 12 appropriations bills by the end of this month. However, some members of the House as well as Senate Leadership are not in favor of passing appropriations bills at the recommended fiscal year 2020 level without a bipartisan spending cap agreement. In addition, the White House put out a statement indicating its strong opposition to the first minibus and has threatened to veto it. 
Child and Family Well-Being
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Opportunities to Combat Opioid Crisis
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) shares how the CCDF can be used by states supporting communities impacted by opioid and substance use disorders. Families will have increased access to child care and early learning services.
New Title IV-E Prevention Program Update
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided an update to states on the implementation of Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs created by the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). States will have an easier process to claim funding under the new program until the Clearinghouse can review and rate a program or service.
Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Resource Summary
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offers OCSE resources to states and tribal child support programs. The services are divided into three sections: training, technical assistance, and major resources.
Child Care and Early Education Report Released
A report on Child Care and Early Education was released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Eighty six state programs, mostly serving at-risk children were surveyed. Most states receive publicly funded early care and education for children age five and under. The national survey showed that some
early care and education programs mirror Head Start so that more children can be enrolled or more hours of care offered.
UI Evaluation Shows the Impact of Affordable Housing on Families
The Urban Institute (UI) shares results from their trial evaluation of a 2012 HHS demonstration on the effects of unstable housing on foster care placement. Five communities were provided $5 million in five-year grants for services linked with permanent, affordable housing. Results varied yet increased reunification was a result of the supportive housing.
ACF Human Services Interoperability Innovations Demonstration Program
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of funds for the ACF Human Services Interoperability Innovations demonstration program. A total of $1,200,000 is available under this program to expand data sharing efforts by state, local, and tribal governments to improve human services program delivery, and to identify novel data sharing approaches that can be replicated in other jurisdictions. Applications are due August 8.
Employment and Economic Well-Being
New WIOA Study by Department of Education (ED)
A n ew Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Education program study is being conducted by ED that will include surveying state directors of adult education and local providers of adult education, and analyzing extant data. Comments from interested parties should be submitted by July 5.
Upcoming Events
NAWRS Workshop
The National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (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
State of the Nation’s Housing
to discuss the State of the Nation’s Housing  report, which shows that housing production still falls short of what is needed, keeping pressure on house prices and rents and eroding affordability. While demographic trends alone should support a vibrant housing market over the coming decade, realizing this potential depends heavily on whether the market can provide a broader and more affordable range of housing options for tomorrow’s households.

June 25, 12:00 PM EST | The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta GA
Event will also be livestreamed.
Upcoming Webinars
Pathways to High-Quality Jobs for Young Adults
The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) will host a webinar exploring job quality for young adults, including the ways in which interventions and policies can support youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain higher quality jobs.

June 12, 2:00–3:30 PM EST
Upcoming Conferences
APHSA Local HHS Executives Retreat
This year’s retreat will focus on localism in action by highlighting and uplifting the work that several counties are doing to “build well-being from the ground up.” This is an invitation only event reserved for local agency CEOs and their select staff.

June 19 - 21 | Hilton Charlotte Center City, Charlotte, NC
APHSA 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 | Sheraton Memphis Downtown, Memphis, TN
APHSA AASD/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 | Hilton Charlotte Center City, Charlotte, NC
ISM Annual Conference
The 2019 Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (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
NACo Annual Conference & Exhibition
The NACo Annual Conference & Expos ition is the largest meeting of county elected and appointed officials from across the country. Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.

July 12-15 | Las Vegas, NV
NSDTA, AASD/NASTA Award & Scholarship Opportunities
Opportunities to nominate your peers and apply for scholarships are now open for NSDTA and AASD/NASTA.

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.

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.
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.