June 10, 2022

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We look forward to seeing many of you at the National Health and Human Services Summit this weekend! Join us to celebrate 90 years of APHSA and don’t miss our 45 Breakout Sessions, 4 General Sessions, Ignite Sessions, Networking Receptions, and a Town Hall with Federal Leaders! There’s still time to join – register here. The APHSA Events Conference App is now available in your app store – search for “APHSA”. It's our first in-person Summit in three years and we can't wait to see you there!

TWIW will be taking a brief hiatus for the Summit next week; look for us back in your inbox on June 24. In the meantime, we’ll keep you apprised of any important updates, and you can also stay up to date on Twitter.

The work of advancing race equity is multifaceted and complex, however, there is a clear path for leaders seeking to accelerate the journey. Learn more in our latest Catalyst blog post by APHSA CEO Tracy Wareing Evans, Shifting Structural Power to Advance Race Equity (Part 2).

Child and Family Well-Being

Children’s Bureau Issues Revised Guidance on Child Support Referrals

The Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has issued updated guidance to IV-E agencies on referrals for child support for children who are receiving IV-E maintenance payments. The revised guidance instructs IV-E agencies to more narrowly define the “when appropriate” standard they use in determining to seek child support rights for children in foster care. This instruction gives IV-E agencies more flexibility to not seek child support enforcement unless it is in the best interest of the child and would lead to expediated permanency. 


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ACF Revises Title IV-E Prevention Services Technical Bulletin  

The Administration of Children and Families (ACF) has revised a technical bulletin to states regarding the per child data collection requirements tied to the Family First Prevention Services Act and the use of IV-E for prevention services. The revisions provide additional information regarding the file structure for the data elements for each child who received Title IV-E prevention services.

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Employment and Economic Well-Being

Work Requirements and Work Supports for Recipients of Means-Tested Benefits

In this report, the Congressional Budget Office analyzes the effects of work requirements and work supports on employment and income of participants in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid.

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Paternity Establishment Percentage Performance Relief

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) issued a final rule to modify the Paternity Establishment Percentage (PEP) from the 90 percent performance threshold to 50 percent for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2020, 2021, and 2022, providing relief to many states that otherwise were at risk of financial penalty due to COVID-related challenges with compliance. The final rule also indicates that adverse findings of data reliability audits of a State's paternity establishment data will not result in a financial penalty in FFYs 2020, 2021, and 2022.

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Grant Opportunity: FNS Posts FY 2022 SNAP Longitudinal Data Project

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has posted the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Longitudinal Data Project Grant, which provides up to $5 million in grant funding to support state participation, available as a multi-year grant. States that received a grant in FY 2021 are eligible to reapply. The deadline to apply is August 1.

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FNS Publishes SNAP State BBCE Chart

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has published a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) State Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) Chart, showing which States implement BBCE, the programs that confer BBCE, the asset limit of the TANF/MOE program, and the gross income limit of the TANF/MOE program.

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FNS Posts Fact Sheet on Positive Impact of SNAP-Ed Program

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) fact sheet depicts findings from impact surveys and other sources showing the positive impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Program on participants.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Establishes Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

The OEJ is tasked with better protecting the health of disadvantaged communities and vulnerable populations on the frontlines of pollution and other environmental health issues. The new office will sit within the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS.

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USDA Announces Food System Transformation Framework to Create More and Better Markets

The framework will be used to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers, and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers.

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Partner Updates

Code for America RFI

Code for America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit civic technology organization, is seeking government partners for their Safety Net Innovation Lab. The Lab is a philanthropically-supported multi-year initiative to partner with state, tribal nation, district, and territory government agencies to improve the equity, accessibility, and customer experience of human services programs. Code for America has previously launched GetCalFresh (a digital SNAP application assister), worked with Minnesota to build and handoff MNbenefits (an integrated benefits application) as well as designed text messaging pilots in Louisiana. Interested government agencies can respond to a Request for Information (RFI) here, due

by July 8.

Upcoming APHSA Events

NSDTA Showcase Series Webinar - Crucial Conversations on Race Equity in Human Services

Join us for the next webinar in our NSDTA Showcase Series with a panel consisting of national EDI leaders. This session will facilitate the history, challenges and best practices on race equity in the human services sector. The panel consists of national EDI leaders who will discuss how their organizations are addressing this critical issue, available resources and lessons learned.

Wednesday, June 29, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

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Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference

The 2022 Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference will be held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA. Join us for informative sessions, engaging content, and a restorative experience! The EMWB conference brings together members from the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA).

August 14-17, 2022

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American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference

The 2022 American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference will be held at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH. The AAHHSA conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys who represent the state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. This conference promotes pragmatic innovation in health and human services while facilitating the exchange of information between attorneys from across the nation.

October 9-12, 2022

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National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference

The 2022 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center in Spokane, WA. This conference brings together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Join us for the opportunity to share ideas, resources, and engage in robust sessions. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more!

October 16-19, 2022

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Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo

The 2022 Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. This event brings together agency leaders in technology, along with the private sector firms focused on providing solutions for health and human services agencies. The content presented will promote IT solutions and best practices that enhance the delivery of health and human services.

October 23-26, 2022

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Upcoming Partner Events

National Research Conference on Early Childhood - NRCEC 2022

The Administration for Children and Families' National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) will address knowledge gaps across programs serving young children and their families by presenting the latest research surrounding Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.

June 27–29, 2022

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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

The conference, which has not been hosted since 1969, will focus on ending hunger, improving nutrition and physical activity, and reducing diet-related diseases and disparities. It will be held this September 2022.

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