July 22, 2022

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Hello Donna,

We are proud to share our former Senior Director of Policy and Practice, Ann Flagg, began a new journey this week as she joined the Biden Administration as Director of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), an office of the Administration for Children and Families. While Flagg’s leadership, expertise, passion, drive, and overall commitment to people will be profoundly missed at APHSA, we rest assured that this new opportunity will allow for her to continue furthering these commitments and impacting the field in new, bold ways. Read more here.

We are pleased to share our new report, Early Insights on SNAP Modernization through American Rescue Plan Investments,” in which we partnered with the Urban institute and Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices to better understand how state SNAP agencies invested their funding from the ARP. This is the first public brief in our research project, and we look forward to continuing to share more as our work progresses.

Our tax hub has been updated - the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Information and Resource Hub for Health and Human Services Professionals was created in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). APHSA and NACo worked in collaboration with states, counties, and field partners to compile resources directed towards state and local health and human services agencies and frontline staff. Check out the latest updates here.

Child and Family Well-Being

U.S. Transition to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Begins

Hope has a new number, and it is 988. The collaborative transition to 988 as the dialing code to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline launched on Saturday, July 16. The transition was done in order to increase access to emergency mental health services and provide easy ways to reach mental health professionals via call, text, or chat. In doing so, those experiencing emotional distress may call the easy-to-remember number with no busy signal or hold so that people in crisis can receive the help they need.

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Access Toolkit

ACF Encourages Investment in the Early Childhood Education Workforce

The Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD), Office of Child Care (OCC), and Office of Head Start (OHS) released a guidance last fall encouraging local child welfare programs to take action to address early care and education (ECE) workforce shortages. This letter from ECD expresses accolades for state and local programs as they have made substantial investments to increase compensation and provide other types of supports. ECD encourages these same programs to continue to take steps to address the continuing workforce shortages.


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WIC Eligibility for Imported Infant Formula

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has updated the list of imported infant formulas eligible for purchase under the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also waived some regulatory requirements to allow WIC state agencies to issue certain infant formulas that were imported under the FDA’s Infant Formula Enforcement Discretion Policy.

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Employment and Economic Well-Being

House Democrats Introduce Child Nutrition Reauthorization Proposal

The Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act builds on Congressional Democrats’ work to expand school and summer meal programs, increase access to federal nutrition programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and prevent child hunger.

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APHSA Recommendations for White House Conference

As the White House prepares for the upcoming Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022, it is essential to partner with state and local human services leaders in developing and implementing initiatives that work to reduce hunger and increase health. We have compiled recommendations for the upcoming conference, including policy levers that should be pulled through a racial equity lens.

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FNS Publishes SNAP E&T Screening and Referral Guidance

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) guidance is intended for usage by State agencies, answering State questions on screening and referral, improving compliance with the regulations, and providing a more accountable E&T program to participants served.

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Upcoming APHSA Events

Share Your Success Stories and Nominate Your Agency Today!

The Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Awards of Excellence are open; the deadline is August 15The awards celebrate state and local health and human services agencies that are in the forefront of information technology development and implementation. Click here for details.

Also open are the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Scholarships and Awards. NSDTA awards recognize outstanding individuals and initiatives within your organization which are helping advance the delivery of health and human services practices or programs to staff. The Joan Carrera Memorial Scholarship allows first time attendees entrance at partial to no cost. Deadlines are August 5. Click here for details on all.

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

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 the first in 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.

July 27, 12:00 PM ET

August 24, 12:00 PM ET

September 28, 12:00 PM ET

October 26, 12:00 PM ET

December 7, 12:00 PM ET

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SNAP E&T 2022 National Forum

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Office of Employment and Training (E&T) is pleased to host the second SNAP E&T National Forum at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. Join fellow state agencies and SNAP E&T stakeholders as we gather together to build better SNAP E&T programs that lead with equity, create economic opportunity, and meet local workforce needs.

December 13-14, 2022

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