January 17, 2020
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Our Call For Proposals is now open for the 2020 National HHS Summit; learn more and submit your proposal . Here are the latest updates we are following around Washington.
Legislative Updates
14 States Sue Administration Over ABAWD Waiver Rule
A coalition of 14 states has sued the Administration over USDA’s final rule published in December that restricts criteria states can use to exempt Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) from work requirements. The lawsuit seeks an injunction on the final rule, which will otherwise go into effect on April 1. 
House Passes Bill Allowing Data Sharing for Homeless Individuals
On average, 17 out of every 10,000 people in the United States are experiencing homelessness. To address this growing problem, Congress passed The Homeless Assistance Act of 2019 (H.R. 4302), which authorizes Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to disclose client information to local government entities and nonprofits in order to better facilitate housing and social services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The bill also requires PHAs to take appropriate measures to ensure the privacy of clients' personal information. Of the over half a million people who are currently experiencing homelessness, 33% are families with small children.

Child and Family Well-Being
ACF Releases FY 2018 Data on Child Abuse and Neglect
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released the annual Child Maltreatment Report based on FY 2018 child abuse and neglect data. The data was collected through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), an initiative of the Children’s Bureau. The report showed that nationwide, more than 678,000 children were determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect in 2018, up about 4,000 from FY 2017. Children 0-1 year have the highest rate of victimization at 26.7 per 1,000 children, and children of color also experience a higher victimization rate of 15.2 per 1,000 children. 

HUD Releases Annual Homelessness Report
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has released its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. The report finds that the single night homeless count increased by 2.7% compared to 2018, though homelessness among veterans and families with children both decreased.
HUD Awards Close to $500,000 to PHAs to Help Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
Earlier this week, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $500,000 to four Public Housing Authorities (PHAs). Funded through HUD's Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative, this funding will give housing vouchers to public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among adults under the age of 25 who are about to transition out of, or have recently left, the foster care system. FYI requires that communities also provide supportive services to recipients of assistance to help them transition out of foster care. These services should support the creation of basic life skills, landlord outreach, and job skills/preparation. Recipients will also receive education, career, and lease compliance counseling. 

Employment and Economic Well-Being
FY 2018 Characteristics of SNAP Recipients
This Mathematica report identifies the characteristics of SNAP recipients at national and state levels during the federal fiscal year 2018. The report also includes SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels for all 50 states during the same period.
FNS Announces Caseload Assignments and Administrative Grants for Commodity Supplemental Food Program
On January 8, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) allocated caseload slots within the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to states and Indian Tribal Organizations. The allocations include administrative grant totals for each grantee. 
FNS Releases Handbook on Funding Process for Accessing Funds for IT System Enhancements
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released an updated handbook to help states navigate FNS requirements to secure approval and obtain funding for modern eligibility systems and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) benefit delivery services through the Advanced Planning Document (APD) process. 
Upcoming Events
APHSA Webinar: Prediction, Learning & Prevention in Child Welfare ~ Part Two of Two-Part Series
How do you predict abuse and neglect? We answer new questions for an age-old concern in Part 2 of our National Collaborative series . APHSA speakers will provide a brief overview of the first webinar in the series. We will hear from the Allegheny County's Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning on data management, analysis, engaging key stakeholders and ongoing review and revision of models, as well as how they created a space for authentic community engagement and addressing equity concerns. View Part 1 of the series.

Thursday, January 23, 1:00-2:00 PM EST
APHSA Webinar: A Holistic Approach to Assessing Training Systems
Join us for our next webinar in the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Showcase Series. What makes for a good training system? Is it the topics? The techniques? The trainers? The transfer of learning?
A holistic approach to assessing training systems remains elusive. The Training System Assessment Tool fills this gap and offers guidance for analyzing individual training systems in order to reinforce strengths and identify opportunities for growth. We will explore how Virginia assessed their training system and the difference it made to its future. Participants will be provided the tool and ideas for implementation.

Thursday, January 30, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
2020 Senior Leadership Conference and Roundtable Gatherings
With the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. During the 2020 Senior Leadership Conference, experienced leaders and rising stars alike will learn how they can accelerate the excellence, distinction, and influence of their organizations. Convene with the best of the Alliance’s national network and recognized thought leaders around key topic areas for achieving a stronger sector.

February 22-25 | Savannah, GA
Registration Open for 2020 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit
The conference has grown and evolved into an important national venue for public and private sector thought leaders to share ideas and benchmark implementation strategies of State Health IT Systems. An anticipated 1000+ attendees & 45+ state teams will attend the 2020 program. Agenda themes include: Data Quality, Program & Business Metrics, Evolving Procurement Approaches, Organizational Change Management, Interoperability, Consumer Data Access, Integrating SDoH, Advanced Analytics, Security and Privacy.
April 27-29 | Baltimore, MD
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.