NACHSA Supports IMD Fix to FFPSA: Introduced by Senators Burr (R-NC) and Feinstein (D-CA), the Ensuring Medicaid Continuity for Children in Foster Care Act of 2021 (S. 2869) would clarify that facilities meeting the new Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) requirements created by the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) should not be considered an Institution for Mental Disease (IMD) under Medicaid. Without the targeted carve out, facilities with more than 16 beds would be prohibited from drawing down Medicaid funds for any behavioral or physical health services provided to foster youth residing in such a facility. NACHSA sent this letter supporting the bill.
NACHSA Supports Increases in Federal APS Funding: NACHSA sent this letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) supporting his bill, the Elder Justice Reauthorization and Modernization Act of 2021 (S.2674) to appropriate $400 million annually to support state and county adult protective services (APS) programs. A companion bill (H.R. 4969) has been introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and a similar letter was sent to him.
NACo Adopts NACHSA Policies: In July, 2021, the NACo Board of Directors adopted a number of NACHSA-proposed resolutions, including policies on SNAP, TANF, the Family First Prevention Services Act and making the recent increase in the child tax credit permanent. The human services packet is here.
NACo Summarizes Potential HHS Recovery Fund Investments: NACo released this document highlighting potential uses of the state and local recovery fund.
IMD Rule and Family First: California county associations sent this letter to their congressional delegation urging a change in law so that certain congregate care facilities continue to receive Medicaid funding for services provided to youth.
COVID-19: NACHSA prepared this summary of the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress.
Court Strikes ABAWD Rule: On October 18, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment against the Trump administrations rule which would have had the effect of terminating SNAP benefits for 700,000 single individuals.
NACHSA Summarizes HEROES Act: NACHSA prepared this summary of key provisions of interest to county human services administrators
NACHSA COVID-19 Federal Action Summary: NACHSA has prepared this summary of federal action as of April 7, 2020 to address the coronavirus pandemic.
NACHSA Welcomes TSG Partner Corporate Sponsor: Here is a briefing of the services they offer.
NACHSA Summarizes Trump FY 2021 Budget: Click here to read a summary of the Administration's FY 2021 budget and policy proposals affecting counties.
NACHSA Supports Family First Transition Act (FFTA): NACHSA sent this letter to the House and Senate in support of the FFTA. The bill would provide flexible funding to all states as they prepare to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. It would also provide an additional two-years of phased-down funding to states and counties operating child welfare waivers.
Categorical Eligibility Impact on School Meals: According to USDA's own analysis, nearly one million children will lose automatic access to free school meals under thier proposal to restrict categorical eligibility.
SNAP Utility Deduction Impact Estimates: The Administration has published estimates of the impact of changing the utility deductions for determining eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
NACHSA Comments on USDA's SNAP Categorical Eligibility Proposal: NACHSA submitted comments opposing the USDA proposal to severely restrict the use of categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Family First Transition Bill Unveiled: A bipartisan, bicameral draft bill summary has been released to help states and counties, including those with waivers, to transition to full implementation of the Family First Prevention and Services Act. It is likely to be introduced in October. The discussion draft is here and state funding allocations are here.
HHS Releases Family First Transitional Payment Guidance: On July 18, 2019, the Children's Bureau released guidance on how states may include procedures to allow a state to claim transitional payments for prevention services not yet reviewed and rated by the Clearinghouse. The transitional payment checklist for HHS consideration is here.
NACHSA Comments on HUD Mixed Immigration Status Proposal: On July 9, 2019, NACHSA submitted comments opposing the proposed rule to evict evict families from federally-subsidized housing if one household member is determined to be ineligible.
HHS Signals Intention to Provide Transitional Payments for Family First Prevention: On June 6, 2019 HHS sent a letter to stakeholders outlining an intent to reimburse public agencies for some prevention services while the Clearinghouse continues to evaluate best practices.
Trump Administration Files Brief Supporting Full ACA Repeal: Read the May 1, 2019 brief here.
Senate to Introduce Family First Act Fixes: Senators Brown (D-OH) and Stabenow (D-MI) are drafting a bill addressing some implementation issues around the Family First Prevention Services Act. Read a summary here.
NACHSA Comments on SNAP ABAWD Proposed Rule: NACHSA submitted comments to the USDA opposing the Administration's proposal to restrict severely the ability of states to request waivers to serve single individuals in high unemployment areas for longer than 90 days. NACo also commented.
USDA Extends SNAP Through March 2019: The USDA issued this January 31, 2019 Q&A confirming that SNAP is funded through March even if there is another federal government shutdown.
USDA Extends SNAP Through February 2019: The USDA has issued this memo to state administrators on funding SNAP during the partial government shutdown.
NACHSA & NACo Comment on Public Charge Rule: Issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the proposal would broaden the number of factors used to determine whether a legal immigrant applying to continue or change their status may become dependent on government assistance. NACHSA's comments may be found here and NACo's here.
HHS Releases Family First Guidance: On November 30, 2018, HHS released guidance on the prevention services section of the Family First Prevention and Services Act. HHS also posted an initial list of prevention services qualifying for federal funds.
NACHSA Works with NACo to Comment on TANF Draft Bill: NACo submitted these comments on a Senate discussion draft reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF).
CWDA Issues Brief on Pending Public Charge Rule: The County Welfare Directors Association of California has issued this two-page summary of the proposed rule.
NACHSA Sends SNAP Letter to Farm Bill Conferees: NACHSA sent this letter on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to the House and Senate conferees as they resolved their differences on the farm bill reauthorization.
NACo Issues SNAP Side-by-Side: As the House and Senate prepare to resolve their different Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provisions within the farm bill, NACo prepared this analysis.
NACHSA Weighs in on SNAP Reauthorization: NACHSA sent this letter to the House expressing concerns over the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the increased work requirements.
NACHSA Comments on SNAP ABAWD Rule: Click here to view comments submitted to USDA on their initial proposals to further restrict the use of waivers to support individuals without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
NACHSA Summary of FY 2018 Budget Bill: Click here to read a brief summary of HHS programs funded in the final FY 2018 appropriations measure.
Family First Act Presentation: During the 2018 NACo Legislative Conference, GOP House and Senate staff gave this presentation on the Family First Prevention and Services Act.
President Proposes SSBG Elimination: The FY 2019 budget once again proposes to eliminate the Social Services Block Grant.
Family First and HHS Provisions Enacted Into Law: Click here to read a summary prepared by Congress.
NACHSA Update on Fall Congressional Action: This update summarizes the status of major HHS legislation and executive actions as of October 17, 2017.
NACHSA Update on Trump FFY 2018 Budget: This update summarizes the Trump administration's FFY 2018 budget proposals.
NACHSA Health Update: This update summarizes provisions in the House-passed American Health Care Act affecting county health systems.
NACHSA Federal Update: This update provides members with a review of 2017 legislative activity to date and what may be in store immediately after the April recess and beyond.
Trump Budget Outline Released: A NACHSA brief on the initial 'Skinny' budget released in March 2017 is here.
GOP Releases ACA Replacement Plan: Congressional Republicans have released the outlines of a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Read a NACHSA summary here.
US Department of Education Summarizes Child Welfare and Education Requirements: Click here to read a summary of the new coordination requirements for education and child welfare agencies serving foster youth.
NACHSA Releases Post-Election Update: Click here to read about the possible scenarios for HHS programs in a Trump Administration and Republican controlled House and Senate.
ESSA Coordination Between LEA's and Child Welfare: This two-page brief is intended to assist relevant agencies in coordinating services for youth in foster care.
Federal Homeless Assistance Grants: Prepared by the Congressional Research Service, this paper outlines the grants available through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Family First Act: California held a webinar in August outlining concerns with the Family First Prevention Services Act. New York state held a similar webinar Their Power Point is here and a fact sheet is here. Casey Family Programs has condcuted a series of conferences supporting the bill. Click on the links to read their summary and fiscal considerations.
State Drug and Crime Bans on Receiving Federal Programs: The Congressional Research Service has published this report on state drug testing and crime related restrictions for TANF, SNAP and housing assistance.
Counties Outline Family First Act Concerns: California, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have all expressed concerns over the child welfare reform legislation being considered by the Senate.
Older Americans Act Moves: NACHSA supported the reauthorization of the OAA in this coalition letter.
FY 2017 Budget Proposals Released: President Obama's final budget of his administration contains many health and human services initiatives. Read NACHSA's summary here.
Senate Child Welfare Bill Released: The Senate Finance Committee has released a summary of a bipartisan child welfare financing reform bill. Click here to read the Committee's description of the measure and here to read a Children's Defense Fund summary. And, the Casey Family Family Programs has also released its summary version.
TANF Reauthorization: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has prepared this two-page summary of the Ways and Means Committee discussion draft reauthorizing TANF. (July 2015)
SSBG At Risk: NACHSA is a lead national organization protecting the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). Read a coalition letter here.
NACo Conference Summary: NACo’s lobbyist Hadi Sedigh prepared this summary of NACo’s human services activities at the 2015 legislative conference.
Letter to NACHSA Membership: NACHSA President Glenn Osborne bids a fond farewell. Read his letter here.
HHS FY 2016 Proposals for Child Welfare: Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation from Associate Commissioner JooYeun Chang on the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget proposals for child welfare.
Federal Budget Summary: NACHSA has summarized President Obama’s FY 2016 budget. View it here.
FNS Releases Guidance on SNAP/TurboTax Applications: County agencies nationwide are experiencing a spike in SNAP applications due to a free service offered by TurboTax. Read a recent message from FNS here.
Child Protection Bill Moves: Congress reached a bipartisan and bicameral agreement on a bill making changes to child welfare, adoption assistance, sex trafficking of youth and child support. The document may be read here.
SSBG: NACHSA was featured at a Congressional Briefing on the Social Services Block Grant. Read the report on the use of SSBG at the county level.
Federal Budget Summary: NACHSA has summarized President Obama’s FY 2014 budget. View it here.
Congressional TANF Testimony: NACHSA provided a statement for the House Ways and Means hearing record on reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF).
Federal Administrative Barriers: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requested NACHSA’s input on federal barriers to administering health and human services programs. Read NACHSA’s report here.
SSI Recipients by County: Prepared by the Social Security Administration, this report provides data on the number of Supplemental Security Income Recipients by state and county.