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Latest TWIW Issues

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Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Legislative Updates:
    • Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery
    • House Bill Introduced to Stabilize Child Care Program
    • House Introduces Rural Broadband Acceleration Act
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Joint Letter from Administration for Children and Families and Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    • The Children’s Bureau Requests Public Comments for Proposed Data Collection for New ACTA Study
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • USDA Announces Grant Funding for SNAP Fraud Framework Implementation
    • Department of Labor Issues Weekly Unemployment Claims Report
    • The Administration for Children and Families Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Child Support
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • State HIT Connect Virtual 'Mini-Series'
    • APHSA Webinar - Expanding Social Services: Using Data to Enhance Benefit Processing During the COVID-19 Crisis
    • 2Gen COVID-19 Webinar Series: Building a Response for the Future
  • APHSA Conference Update Message for 2020
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • USDA Plans to Appeal Court Decision for ABAWD Work Requirements
    • CBO Releases Interim Economic Projections for 2020 and 2021
    • FNS Continues to Approve States for P-EBT and the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
    • Comment Period for Proposed SNAP E&T Rule Extended to June 17
    • The Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grants
    • FNS Releases Quality Control Q&A
  • From Our APHSA Partners:
    • COVID-19 and State Child Care Assistance Programs: Immediate Considerations for State Lead Agencies
    • Leading with Race to Reimagine Youth Justice: JDAI’s Deep-End Initiative
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • APHSA Webinar: Communications & Outreach
    • 2Gen COVID-19 Webinar Series: Building a Response for the Future
    • COVID-19: Navigating Public Health Emergency Legal Responses Underlying Re-opening State/Local Economies
    • Older Workers and COVID-19: The Harsh Economic Realities
    • APHSA Webinar - Expanding Social Services: Using Data to Enhance Benefit Processing During the COVID-19 Crisis
  • APHSA Conference Update Message for 2020
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • The HEROES Act Introduced, HR 6800
    • The Pandemic TANF Assistance Act Announced
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Final AFCARS Rule Released
    • Children’s Bureau Program Instruction on Title IV-E Flexibility
    • FY 2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Funding Guidance: ACF Reporting Requirement for the FYSB RHY Program
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • USDA FNS Releases New Guidance for ABAWDs
    • USDA FNS Posts Retailer Requirements for Online SNAP
    • USDA Extends Flexibilities, Paves the Way for Meals for Kids to Continue through Summer
  • From Our APHSA Partners:
    • Job Quality Tools Library
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • COVID-19 and Health Equity: Response and Recovery Tele-Townhall
    • Increasing Equity in a Post-Pandemic Economy: The Potential for Growing Worker Ownership – Job Quality in Practice Series
    • 2020 National Briefing
    • Tracking a Moving Target: Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on County Governments
    • APHSA Webinar: Compassion Fatigue
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • Relaunching America’s Workforce Act (H.R. 6646) Introduced
    • Draft Legislation Released to Bolster Child Welfare Services
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • ACL Updates Guidance on Centers for Independent Living
    • ACF COVID-19 FAQ: Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
    • Children’s Bureau Releases Letter to Child Welfare Work Force
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • USDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • A Necessary Pivot: Virtual Case Management and Coaching Amid COVID-19
    • Increasing Equity in a Post-Pandemic Economy: The Potential for Growing Worker Ownership – Job Quality in Practice Series
    • Tracking a Moving Target: Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on County Governments
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Children's Bureau Releases Letter on Title IV-E Flexibility
    • ACF Releases Tip Sheet on Using CCDF Amendments During COVID-19
    • HHS Issues Letter on PPE for Child Welfare Workers
    • OCC Released Child Care Waiver Approval Summary
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • FNS Releases Blanket Waiver for QC Reviews
    • DOL Issues Guidance on Emergency Unemployment Relief for Government and Nonprofits
    • FNS Posts Guidance on P-EBT and Emergency Allotments Reporting
    • DOL Issues New Rules for Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • From Our APHSA Partners:
    • European Social Network Partnership & Webinar with APHSA
    • Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers
    • New NGA & ASTHO Report – Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors
    • New Interactive Urban Institute Tool – Where Low-Income Jobs Are Being Lost to COVID-19
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • How to Use Place-Based Data to Promote Health Equity During COVID-19
    • APHSA Webinar: Navigating the Storm: Supporting our Workforce through Traumatic Times and Beyond
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • APHSA Releases Updated COVID-19 Policy Levers Summary
    • Supplemental Package to CARES Act Passed
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Guidance Regarding Fingerprint and Caseworker Visit Requirements During COVID-19 Response
    • OHS Issues Guidance on Supporting Emergency Child Care During COVID-19 Crisis
    • CARES Act CCDBG Supplemental Funding Announced
    • Children's Bureau Issues Letter on Using Federal Funds for Cell Phones and Personal Protective Equipment
    • Guidance About Seeking Personal Protective Equipment for Child Welfare Workers
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • USDA Creates New COVID-19 Food Assistance Program
    • HHS Announces Grant Funding for Elderly and People with Disabilities
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • Learn to Develop a Preventive Child Welfare Practice Model for the Family First Act
    • Human Service Messaging During the COVID-19 Crisis
    • NAWRS Virtual Workshop Series 2020: TANF Responses to COVID-19 – Voices from the Field
    • Web Series: Integrating Social Services and Health
    • How to Use Place-Based Data to Promote Health Equity During COVID-19
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • APHSA Letter to Congress
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Children's Bureau Issues Letter on Criminal Background Checks, Monthly Caseworker Visit Requirements
    • Children's Bureau Issues Letter on Court Improvement Programs
    • Emergency Guidance Released on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • Department of Labor Releases Latest Guidance on Unemployment Insurance
    • DOL Announces $91.8 Million in Grants Announced for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
    • USDA FNS Issues Mass Denials to SNAP Waivers
    • USDA FNS Releases SNAP Q&A
    • USDA FNS Posts Flexibility for TEFAP Agencies
    • DC and NC Added to SNAP Online Pilot Program
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • APHSA Webinar: Physical Distancing and Social Work Best Practices
    • APHSA & FrameWorks COVID-19 Virtual Session for Health and Human Services Communication/Outreach Staff
    • Webinar Series: Integrating Social Services and Health
    • Webinar: Learn to Develop a Preventive Child Welfare Practice Model for the Family First Act
    • Webinar: How to Use Place-Based Data to Promote Health Equity During COVID-19
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA 2020 AASD & NASTA Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • The Department of Labor Announces New Guidance on CARES Act
    • $250 Billion Relief Bill for Small Businesses Stalled in Senate
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • ACF Releases FAQs On Use Of FVPSA Funds During COVID-19
    • ASPE Releases Guide To Facilitating Emergency Paid Family Leave For Low Income Families
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • Michigan Becomes First State with an Approved P-EBT Plan
    • USDA Opens Online SNAP Purchasing Pilot
    • State Waiver Approvals
  • From Our APHSA Partners:
    • NASCIO COVID-19 Response Resources for State IT
    • U.S. Digital Response
  • Upcoming Webinars:
    • APHSA Webinar: Riding the Wave: Strategies to Successfully Navigate Service Delivery
    • Webinar Series: Integrating Social Services and Health
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • New CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open
    • CMS Will Make Up-Front Medicare Reimbursements to Providers and Expedite Payments
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • ACF’s TANF Guidance Released
  • From Our APHSA Partners:
    • CBPP Launches Website Tracking FNS Waivers to States
  • 2020 Census Partnership:
    • Census Day Was April 1. Households Can Still Respond. Access Resources.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • Webinar: From Crisis Management to Successful Recovery
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
    • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    • APHSA Letter to Congress and COVID-19 Policy Options Matrix
    • CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers in Response to COVID-19
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Letter on Housing Supports for Foster Youth Amid COVID-19
    • The Children’s Bureau Hosted a Virtual Town Hall for Older Foster Youth and the Impact of COVID-19
    • Planning Title IV-E Prevention Services: A Toolkit for States
    • Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-19 and Social Distancing
  • 2020 Census Partnership:
    • APHSA is Partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Save the Date: APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
    • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R.6201
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Children’s Bureau Updated Child Welfare Policy Manual Regarding Case Worker Visits
  • 2020 Census Partnership:
    • APHSA is Partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Save the Date: APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
    • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates:
    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R.6201
    • Administration Declares National Emergency to Combat COVID-19
    • CDC Shares Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
    • HHS Announces Initial Funding Awards to States for Combating COVID-19
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • ACF Proposes Data Collection on Youth Transitioning From Foster Care
    • HUD Announces Additional $1.1 Million to Public Housing Authorities to Assist Young People Aging out of Foster Care
    • COVID-19 Essential Health Benefits
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • Secretary Perdue Announces Flexibility for School Meals
    • USDA Releases Draft Language on Proposed SNAP E&T Rule
  • Special Announcement:
    • 2020 Census Partnership
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Save the Date: APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
    • Webinar: Exploring Family Resource Centers in Relation to Child Welfare and the Family First Act
    • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • Children’s Bureau Releases Guidance on Family First Transition Act
    • CMS Releases Guidance on CHIP Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Requirements
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • USDA Announces SNAP Employment & Training Proposed Rule
    • ACF Extends Timeline to Respond to Request for Information on Nonresident Parents
    • Food and Nutrition Services Posts Fact Sheet on Food Assistance During Disasters
    • ACF Announces Second LIHEAP Funding Release
    • A CF Releases Guidance on CSBG Performance System
    • HUD Awards $36 Million to PHAs
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Save the Date: APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA Webinar: Moving People Forward on Their Path to Self-Sufficiency
    • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Legislative Updates:
    • Legislation Introduced to Increase Access to WIC
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • National Youth in Transition Database Report
    • ACF Proposing to Collect Data for New Study, Adoption Call to Action (ACTA) Data Collection
    • Maryland Earns Federal Approval of Family First Prevention Plan
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • OMB Seeks Comments on Additional Poverty Measures
    • Food and Nutrition Services Posts CSFP Caseload Management Webinar
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Save the Date: APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA 2020 American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) & National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA) Call For Proposals & Distinguished Service Award Nominations
    • APHSA 2020 National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) Call For Proposals
    • APHSA Webinar: Moving People Forward on Their Path to Self-Sufficiency
    • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • ACF Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Evaluate Family Unification Program (FUP) Vouchers
    • House Passes Resolution Against Medicaid Block Grant Policy
    • ACF Provides Guidance on Child Support Incentive Payments
    • ACF Posts Refugee Resettlement Annual Report to Congress
    • Federal School Safety Clearinghouse Launches
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • FNS Issues Revised Guidance for Use of Non-Merit Staff in SNAP Call Centers
    • FNS Seeks Public Comments on SNAP Benefits Storage
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit Call For Proposals
    • APHSA 2020 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Call For Proposals
    • 2020 Senior Leadership Conference and Roundtable Gatherings
    • 2020 Alliance National Conference Call for Presentations
    • OFA Webinar: Improving Employment Outcomes for TANF Recipients with Substance Use Disorders
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Legislative Updates:
    • USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation
    • White House Issues Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • CDC Releases Data on Drug Overdose Deaths From 1999 Through 2018
    • DOJ Awards Funds to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities
    • ACF Responds to Comments on Proposed Changes to CSBG Annual Report
    • Parents and Children Thriving Together: A Framework for Two-Generation Policy and System Reform
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • SNAP Announces New Database: SNAP Certification Policy Waiver Database
    • Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Technical Assistance for WIOA Plan Submissions
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA Webinar: How To Create a Unified Public Experience for Your Agency
    • APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit Call For Proposals
    • All Hands on Deck: Improving Community Health
    • 2020 Senior Leadership Conference and Roundtable Gatherings
    • 2020 Alliance National Conference Call for Presentations
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Legislative Updates:
    • APHSA Raises Concerns on Impact of Rule Effecting Individuals with Disabilities
    • Public Charge Rule
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • ACF Information Memorandum on the Family First Transition Act
    • CMS Offers States Medicaid Block Grant Option
    • Report Shares Insights on Increasing Non-Custodial Parent Engagement
    • Office of Child Support Enforcement Shares 2020 Priorities
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • House Democrats File Brief Supporting ABAWD Rule Lawsuit
    • GAO Releases Report on Barriers to Treatment for Opioid Abuse and Addiction in Medicaid
    • ACF Previews Upcoming CSBG Guidance
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA Webinar: How To Create a Unified Public Experience for Your Agency
    • APHSA 2020 National Health & Human Services Summit Call For Proposals
    • All Hands on Deck: Improving Community Health
    • 2020 Senior Leadership Conference and Roundtable Gatherings
    • 2020 Alliance National Conference Call for Presentations
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Legislative Updates:
    • 14 States Sue Administration Over ABAWD Waiver Rule
    • House Passes Bill Allowing Data Sharing for Homeless Individuals
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • ACF Releases FY 2018 Data on Child Abuse and Neglect
    • HUD Releases Annual Homelessness Report
    • HUD Awards Close to $500,000 to PHAs to Help Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • FY 2018 Characteristics of SNAP Recipients
    • FNS Announces Caseload Assignments and Administrative Grants for Commodity Supplemental Food Program
    • FNS Releases Handbook on Funding Process for Accessing Funds for IT System Enhancements
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA Webinar: Prediction, Learning & Prevention in Child Welfare ~ Part Two of Two-Part Series
    • APHSA Webinar: A Holistic Approach to Assessing Training Systems
    • 2020 Senior Leadership Conference and Roundtable Gatherings
    • Registration Open for 2020 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit
Read this Week's Newsletter – Highlights of this issue include:
  • Legislative Updates:
    • Congress Secures Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations, Extends TANF
    • White House Approves GREAT Act
    • Appeals Court Denies Injunction on ”Public Charge” Rule
  • Child and Family Well-Being:
    • CF Issues Guidance on Transitional Payments for Kinship Navigator Programs
    • MACPAC Releases Report on IMDs
  • Employment and Economic Well-Being:
    • Proposed Rule Would Increase the Frequency of SSI Redeterminations
    • Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced to Provide Housing Vouchers for Families at Risk of Homelessness
    • FNS Releases Feasibility Study to Shift to a Federal SNAP Quality Control System
    • HUD Seeks to Rollback Anti-discrimination Fair Housing Rule
    • Congressional Research Service Releases Updated FAQs on TANF
  • Upcoming Events:
    • APHSA Webinar: Prediction, Learning & Prevention in Child Welfare ~ Part 1
    • APHSA Webinar: Prediction, Learning & Prevention in Child Welfare ~ Part 2
    • Early Bird Registration Open for 2020 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit

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