APHSA has submitted comments in response to a proposed rule from the
Social Security Administration that would increase the frequency of
redetermination reviews for many individuals receiving disability
benefits. The proposed rule would add further stress on individuals to
navigate an already burdened system, particularly impacting children and
individuals with behavioral health needs. Read our Comment Letter here.
New Paper! Measuring What Matters: Shifting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to an Outcomes-Based Model
The purpose of TANF is right in the name—to provide temporary
assistance for needy families. Unfortunately, the current TANF system
can make it challenging for parents to become self-sufficient or advance
in today’s economy. APHSA’s joint paper with the National Skills
Coalition (NSC) suggests TANF shift to an outcomes-based accountability
system where states are rewarded based on how successfully they assist
TANF participants in earning in-demand job skills and gaining
sustainable, family-supporting employment.
TANF at 20: Time for Rational Changes(released November 2016)
TANF at 20: Time for Rational Changes was developed by a special work group led by APHSA's Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being and the National Association of State TANF Administrators. It contains suggested legislative, regulatory and administrative recommendations for improving TANF to be more client- and family-centric and to align TANF more productively with elements of other workforce programs. Please click here to view the paper.