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Waiver Vote Today, Budget Webcast Tomorrow

Child Welfare Waiver Bill to be Voted on Today

A vote is expected later today in the House on the child welfare waiver bill sponsored by Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA). This legislation (H.R. 1194) is similar to a bill passed by the House late in the last session of Congress. The reintroduced House bill would reinstate the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services to allow up to 10 states to implement new innovative demonstration projects through a 5-year waiver of Title IV-E.
The waiver bill strengthens current law in several ways. It expands allowable use of the waiver process to include kinship guardianship programs. Language is included to ensure greater accountability of how resources are used. It explicitly includes reporting requirements covering all children and families who come to the attention of the state’s child welfare system, not only those for whom services are rendered. The legislation also importantly considers Indian tribes eligible for waivers just as states are.
Waiver legislation, S. 1013, was introduced in the Senate on May 17. This bill differs from the House bill on a number of points including number of waivers allowed, duration of waivers, and what states must do to be eligible.


These Cuts Won't Heal: Budget Webcast on Wednesday
As part of the CWLA budget campaign, These Cuts Won't Heal, the Government Affairs Division is hosting a series of members-only webcasts, usually held on Mondays. However, due to Memorial Day, this week's webcast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 3 p.m. Eastern. Tune in to receive an overview of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and the potential cuts to this important funding stream. CWLA members are invited to register. You will receive a confirmation e-mail; follow the instructions in it to attend.



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