October 8, 2021
Greetings!
Join us virtually next week at the AAHHSA Annual Education Conference, a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys representing state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. Enjoy content focusing on the policies and practices that enhance human services programs’ delivery and quality – all while earning continuing legal education credits! Register here.
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) is holding their Virtual ICPC 2021 Training, with Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced tracks, on October 19. Register here. On October 20, join virtually for their AAICPC 2021 Annual Business and Health and Human Services Update, a forum on emerging issues concerning the ICPC and AAICPC during the 2020-2021 term. A national update from select federal partners is included. Register here.
Join our team! APHSA is seeking an Associate Director to manage the day-to-day work of the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) project, which is operated by APHSA on behalf of the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.
Child and Family Well-Being
ACF Posts Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) FY 2020 Report

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released a new report on States’ Priorities for Child Care Services. The report finds that all states are prioritizing assistance to families with low incomes, children with special needs, and children experiencing homelessness, as required by statute.

GAO Releases Report on Reinvestment of Adoption Savings

The new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Child Welfare: Better Data and Guidance Could Help States Reinvest Adoption Savings and Improve Federal Oversight, highlights usage of funds by states and makes recommendations for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to provide more guidance to help states reinvest adoption savings into state child welfare systems.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
FNS Invests over $50 Million to Enhance SNAP Administration and Program Integrity

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) awarded nearly $53 million to state agencies and nonprofits across eight grant programs that focus on improving efficiency, program integrity, data and analysis, customer service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) programs, and nutrition. The grants were released throughout August and September 2021.

Department of Child Support Enforcement Dear Colleague Letter – Federal Offsets

The Department of Child Support Enforcement has issued a Dear Colleague Letter, DCL-21-11, on FY 2022 Federal Offset and Pre-Offset Notice Program Fees. Setting off federal income tax refund and administrative offset fees for fiscal year FY 2022 has been delayed. Offsets and pre-offsets will remain the same until further notice.

Department of Labor Audit of Unemployment Insurance Overpayments

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released an audit of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits paid for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) estimated $2.9 billion of UI payments were paid improperly, primarily due to states paying $878 million to UI claimants who had not complied with state work search requirements in accordance with the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

Treasury Releases Rental Assistance Reallocation Guidance

On Monday, the Treasury Department released guidance on the process the agency will follow to reallocate Emergency Rental Assistance funds appropriated through the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Grantees that have obligated insufficient funds as of September 30, 2021 will be required to submit a performance improvement plan and how excess funds will be identified based on grantee’s expenditures.  

FNS Posts Guidance on the Use of WIC Modernization Funds

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted guidance on the use of the $390 million fund for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) modernization. The strategy is organized around two primary goals - increasing WIC enrollment and retention and reducing disparities in program delivery.

Upcoming APHSA Events
Webinar — Partnering with State Associations to Develop Third-Party Providers: Spotlight on Alabama

Join us as we hear how the state of Alabama used a long-standing strategic partnership between the Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers (ANFRC) and the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) to build a powerful network of employment and training services for individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). With support and funding from the state legislature and governor’s office, and continued partnership with DHR, ANFRC helped Alabama’s Family Resource Centers to expand existing services to TANF customers and create new SNAP Education & Training programs providing career pathways and supportive services to individuals and families.

Tuesday, October 12, 4:00-5:00 PM EDT
Webinar — Part 2: Tools and Tips for Quickly Connecting Families to the Expanded Child Tax Credit

Join us for a 30-minute webinar highlighting Child Tax Credit (CTC) resources and how states are putting them to use. We will be joined by representatives from Virginia’s Department of Social Services and the Code for America teams for a discussion about their on-the-ground efforts to connect eligible non-filer families to the historic CTC.

Wednesday, October 13, 10:30 AM EDT
American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Conference

Join your colleagues virtually at the AAHHSA Annual Education Conference. This conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys representing state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. Join us virtually for content focusing on the policies and practices that enhance human services programs’ delivery and quality – all while earning continuing legal education credits! In-person registration is now open.

October 18-20, 2021
Get rewarded for bringing your team! For virtual attendance at AAHHSA, receive a $50 discount for five or more. Email aphsaconferences@aphsa.org to secure the registration discount code. Registration includes access to all session recordings for 6 months post conference.
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) Virtual ICPC 2021 Training

The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) is holding their Virtual ICPC 2021 Training, with Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced tracks, on October 19.

The ICPC Training will offer two training tracks: Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced Track.

Beginner’s Track I - is an introduction to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). Training modules include: ICPC Articles, Regulations, Forms, Decentralized States, How to Process an ICPC case.

Intermediate/Advanced Track II - is a broader overview of the ICPC. Training modules include: Medical Coverage, Jurisdiction Only Cases, Parent Placements, Guardianship and Adoption.

Tuesday, October 19, 12:00 PM EDT
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) Virtual ICPC 2021 Training

The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) is holding their Virtual AAICPC 2021 Annual Business and Health and Human Services Update, a forum on emerging issues concerning the ICPC and AAICPC during the 2020-2021 term.

The update will provide information about emerging issues concerning the ICPC and AAICPC during the 2020 - 2021 Term. This forum will serve as a platform for member and nonmembers to propose important issues to address in the 2021-2022 Work Plan. A national update from select federal partners is also scheduled. Please bring your best ideas, concerns and recommendations!

Wednesday, October 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Leadership Corner: Advancing a Strong Social and Economic Future for Black and Brown Families in the South

Join us for our next edition of our Leadership Corner series! Will will learn with Renata Soto, a nationally recognized leader and champion for partnering with immigrant families and communities to realize a better social and economic future across generations. Renata will share her journey as an immigrant being Latina in the South, the search for belonging and what home means, and talk about her search to better understand U.S. history, the country’s origin story, and its legacy of slavery and racism.
 
Tuesday, November 16, 2:00 PM EST
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.