October 21, 2022

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We look forward to seeing many of you at the ISM Conference & Expo starting this weekend in National Harbor, MD! We're bringing you classic ISM offerings, along with innovations and the Expo Hall featuring 70+ companies. It’s not too late to join your peers from across the nation! Register here.

The Digital Benefits Hub is now open! Created in partnership with the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, the Hub showcases content from leading organizations and government agencies on key topics such as improving the benefits journey, digitizing policy, and human-centered design. Visit to explore resources, case studies, and implementation tools—and learn from peers who are transforming the delivery of public benefits and services through data, design, and technology. Check it out here.

The latest Catalyst blog post is the fourth in our series, "The Core—A Cutting Edge Blog Series Getting to the Core of Modern TANF Reform," taking a detailed look at Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). APHSA's Romuald Tassigne highlights evidence that establishes how increased funding and resources provide the support families need, and which yield positive outcomes.

TWIW will take a hiatus In line with Congress for their state work period. Look for us back in your inbox on November 18. In the meantime, we’ll keep you apprised of any important updates, and you can also stay up to date with us on Twitter.

Child and Family Well-Being

ACF Releases Roadmaps to Building Child Welfare Evidence

This week the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), through the Child Welfare Evidence Strengthening Team, released its Roadmaps to Building Evidence in Child Welfare Series, a collection of instructional resources about conducting child welfare evaluations. The newly available materials provide a useful suite of tools for agencies interested in having interventions evaluated for consideration in the Family First IV-E Clearinghouse.  

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Grandparents and Other Relatives with Eligible Dependents Can Qualify for 2021 CTC

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a reminder that families with at least one dependent can claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC). The tax credit extends to kinship families claiming a dependent under the age of 18. The IRS Free File program will be available through November 17, 2022, to help more people receive the CTC. 

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New Data Describing Impacts of Child Care Stabilization Funds Provided in ARP

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released a fact sheet detailing state-by-state profiles of the impacts of child care stabilization funds that were provided in the American Rescue Plan (ARP). ACF describes how the child care stabilization funds aided more than 200,000 child care programs nationwide and impacted as many as 9.5 million children by keeping programs open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Employment and Economic Well-Being

FNS Posts Policy Memo on End of Temporary Student Exemptions for SNAP

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted a policy memo on the transition from temporary college student flexibilities for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the end of the public health emergency. This includes guidance around initial applications, recertifications, mid-certifications, and screening.

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USDA Makes Major Investments in WIC

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) awarded nearly $53 million to support the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). They did so through community innovation and outreach cooperative agreement work, technology for a better WIC experience, and WIC shopping experience improvement grants.

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FNS Posts New Card Skimming and Phishing Alerts

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted new scam alerts for card skimming and phishing. The alerts talk about increases in the prevalence of both of these scams, and give some suggestions for prevention, including protecting PIN numbers and monitoring purchases.

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USDA Invests $6.5M in SNAP E&T to Improve Access and Equity

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a major investment in community colleges to expand the availability of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Program. Additional funds were granted to state agencies to strengthen SNAP E&T program data collection. FNS awarded approximately $1.5 million each in 2022 SNAP E&T National Partnership grants to the Association of Community College Trustees and Strada Collaborative.  Both are non-profit organizations with large networks of community colleges or community college associations, with experience providing workforce development services to people with low incomes, including participants in the SNAP program. The grantees will use grant funds to support training and other technical assistance, so that more community colleges may become third-party SNAP E&T providers. APHSA will be a funded partner to both awardees to support alignment with state and local SNAP E&T agencies.


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Upcoming APHSA Conferences

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

Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare, A Partner Education Monthly Series

Join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a series of calls running through December 2022 on the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding, to share what agencies and partners should know and guidance on how to prepare for the forthcoming unwinding.

October 26, 12:00 PM ET

December 7, 12:00 PM ET

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