May 6, 2022

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May is National Foster Care Month, recognizing the important role that members from all parts of the human services system play in supporting children, youth, and families. This year's theme is "Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong," emphasizing the positive impact these relationships have on maintaining family and cultural ties. Find resources from the Children's Bureau here.

We have launched a new microsite in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) and Casey Family Programs. Leading with Prevention will serve as a dedicated resource hub for health and human services leaders who are committed to advancing prevention strategies in their work. It will be updated monthly with new featured resources, curated by our policy and research teams, that are particularly useful to state and local systems leaders and their staff.

Administration Updates

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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OMB Issues Guidance for Federal Agencies Implementing the IIJA

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released guidance on transparency and oversight parameters for federal agencies implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

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Child and Family Well-Being

21st Annual Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors Report to Congress

This report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) presents findings from 2019 indicators for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Request for Comment: Release of Unaccompanied Children From ORR Custody (OMB #0970–0552)


The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had provided notice to interested parties working with the user interface for the Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program opportunities to submit public commentary on revised forms and drop-down menu options pertaining to the release of UC from ORR custody, as well as post-release service provision. ORR is currently inviting supplementary feedback on revisions, both from parties which have already commented, as well as new respondents. Comments are due by

June 6.


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Employment and Economic Well-Being

Revision to Instructions for form ACF-196TR, Territorial TANF & AABD Financial Report

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) updated instructions for form ACF-196TR used to report Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) financial data for each grant year. These instructions apply to Territorial agencies administering the TANF Program and the federal Aid to Aged, Blind, or permanently and totally Disabled persons (AABD).

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USDA Opens Grants Application to Improve SNAP Customer Service

Five million dollars in competitive grants are being made available to enhance efficiency and access in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through process and technology improvements. All applications must be submitted by June 27.

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USDA Publishes Report on The Use of State Administrative Data to Improve SNAP Eligibility Estimates

In 2016, an expert panel was convened to identify and prioritize Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility modeling issues that could be assessed using survey data that is matched with State SNAP administrative data. This report outlines the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Requests Applications for the GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program

The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) is looking for projects that (1) improve dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; (2) reduce individual and household food insecurity; and (3) reduce healthcare use and associated costs among income eligible consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP). Project proposals are being accepted until June 30.

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NTIA Requests Comment on Broadband Funding Grant Applications

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

administers six programs funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Proposed application form changes seek to improve efficiencies for applicants. Comments are due May 29.

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Partner Updates

USAC Releases Outreach Materials and Toolkit

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has released outreach materials for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Social service agencies may distribute resources from this toolkit – flyers, brochures, social media posts, etc. – to the families they serve who could qualify for the ACP. Additionally, they have published a Lifeline Program Access Toolkit for organizations serving Lifeline consumers with toolkit resources, such as handouts and trainings, to educate families about the program and how to apply.

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Social Sector Infrastructure Survey

The Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the George Mason University’s Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise launched a research project to better understand the infrastructure that provides the social sector these critical supports and services. As part of this research, a 10-25 minute field survey is open through Wednesday, May 25.

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Call for Proposals: 2022 Virtual All In National Meeting

The 2022 All In National Meeting Call for Proposals is now live for the 6th Annual National Meeting, to be held virtually on October 25-26. This year’s theme is Centering Communities to Transform Shared Data Systems. Applicants should be actively engaged in multi-sector collaboration working to improve community health through data sharing. Proposals are due by May 13.

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Upcoming APHSA Events

Economic and Mobility Well-Being Conference (EMWB)

The 2022 Economic and Mobility Well-Being (EMWB) Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA. Join us in-person 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).

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APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the APHSA
National Health and Human Services Summit! Registration is now open for the Summit, to be held in-person on June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to participate in workshops and sessions encompassing a diverse range of topics including policy, research, and state and local initiatives, engaging in valuable discussions on innovation and transformation. The Summit is bringing members, partners, and allied organizations together in-person and we want you to be there!

Early Registration rates end May 13
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Upcoming Partner Events

White House Webinar - CTC Simplified Filer Launch Event

Please join the White House, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Code for America, and state, local, tribal, and territorial leaders for the launch of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) simplified filing portal. You will see a demo of the portal (GETCTC.ORG), learn how it works, and hear best practices on effective outreach to eligible families.

Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 PM EDT

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