January 27, 2023

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Save the dates for our 2023 conferences! Call for Proposals for the National Human Services Summit being held May 21-24 in Baltimore, MD open next week—stay tuned!

We are happy to have provided insight for the new research report from Urban Institute, What are human services, and how do state governments structure them? The report documents how human services are organized within state governments and uses case studies to show the range of approaches state governments take in structuring their human services systems.

Our latest Catalyst blog post is by Natalie Williams, Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer at APHSA. To celebrate the National Day of Racial Healing on January 17, Natalie shared how belonging is the antidote to limited inclusion and centers individuals as their full selves. Let's begin discussions that seed our journey toward belonging!

We're growing! APHSA has new job openings, including a Child Welfare Compact Associate and Budget Analyst. Check them out on our Career Center; apply now or share with interested parties in your network.

Child and Family Well-Being

State Department Formally Announces the Launch of the Welcome Corps for Private Sponsorship of Refugees

The Department of State, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced the introduction of a new sponsorship system whereby private citizens can support the resettlement of refugees into the United States, with sponsors being matched with cases already approved for resettlement under the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Case matching will begin within the first six months of 2023, with a second phase to launch in mid-2023. In this latter phase, private sponsors will identify refugees whom they would wish to sponsor and can refer them for the USRAP for approval.

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New Data from Women's Bureau Shows Child Care Remains Out of Financial Reach for Many U.S. Families

The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau released a new report which provides child care prices in 2,360 U.S. counties, showing that child care expenses are untenable for families throughout the country, and highlighting the urgent need for greater federal investments.


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Revisions to Refugee Arrivals Data System for Formula Funds Allocations


The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has issued a Dear Colleague letter outlining revisions to the Refugee Arrivals Data System for Formula Funds Allocations (RADS). The letter includes requirements for notifying clients as well as information on the type of data collected including new data fields. It also provides clarity on the timing of base funding allocations and the matching process, as well as related reporting requirements.

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Employment and Economic Well-Being

USDA FNS Appoints Shavana Howard as Senior Advisor

The USDA announced that Shavana Howard will be appointed as Senior Advisor for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. Immediately prior to the appointment, Shavana was the Assistant Secretary of Family Support at the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. She was also previously at the state of Washington where she managed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and more.

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USDA Invests $25 Million to Expand Healthy Incentives in SNAP

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is working to improve access to fruits and vegetables by offering funding for up to three states to run an Electronic Health Incentives Pilot (eHIP) for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in their state. The Request for Applications is due March 31.

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Live Streamed Presentations from SNAP E&T Forum Now Available

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Office of Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) hosted the second SNAP E&T National Forum on December 13-14, 2022. Livestreamed sessions and presentation materials are now available on the Forum website.

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2023 SNAP E&T Program State Institute Issues Call for Applications

The 2023 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Office of Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) State Institute will provide an opportunity for a select number of States to participate in a semi-national convening to help take their SNAP E&T vision to action. Applicants should submit a letter of interest to the SNAP to Skills Project by 5:00 PM ET on February 10. The 2023 SNAP E&T State Institute will take place on September 20 and 21, 2023 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia.

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APHSA Events

APHSA and Prevent Child Abuse America Webinar Series on FFPSA

This February will mark five years since the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). To reflect on the impact of FFPSA, APHSA and our affinity group, the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA), have partnered with Prevent Child Abuse America to host a series of webinars in 2023 that will center on FFPSA. Join us for the first webinar: Looking Back: 5 Years of Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

Tuesday, February 7, 2:00-3:30 PM EST

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Partner Events

NCSEA Policy Forum

The National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) Policy Forum explores the important balance of not losing focus on child support’s historical foundation of the services provided, while embracing innovations and program evolution. The Plenary line-up will include discussion on NCSEA’s legislative proposals to congress, child support enforcement tools, and whole family economic mobility.

February 2-4, Washington, D.C.

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Webinar Series - Disaster Human Services: Integrating Equity and Human Services Principles in Emergency Response

The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) is offering a series of webinars in February for regions 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8. The intent of these seminars is to advance equitable disaster operations by equipping human services providers and emergency responders with the principles of disaster equity and disaster human services, and providing examples of their application in disaster case management operations.

February 6-10, 2023

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NASWA Winter Policy Forum

APHSA will be participating in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal policy reform panel at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Policy Forum. The Forum is a gathering for NASWA state workforce members to discuss current and developing trends in the workforce system and how they will be affected by changes occurring in the national landscape.

February 14-17, Washington, D.C.

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