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House Extends TANF, Social Impact Bonds

Shortly before adopting the Family First Prevention Services Act, HR 5456, they passed a one-year extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.  The TANF law is set to expire under its current one-year extension.  The extension was a part of the larger bill, the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Success Act, HR 5170. The bill [...]

Families First Child Welfare Bill Passes Committee, Goal To Move Quickly

The Bill Passes On Wednesday, June 15 the House Ways and Means Committee passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456). The legislation was adopted by a voice vote but only after more than an hour of debate that outlined some of the challenges regarding the proposal and the process. Most members, both Republicans and Democrats, praised the legislation [...]

Those Adoption Reinvestment Number Are Here

Part of the delay in the final two years of phase-out of the adoption delink from the 1996 AFDC eligibility standard as included in Family First Prevention Services Act, is that it has been challenging to get data on how states are reinvesting state dollars saved as the federal adoption assistance funding expands due to the 2008 Fostering Connections to [...]

HHS Adjusts Adoption-Incentive Funds From Last Year

HHS has revised and increased the amount given to states under the Adoption and Subsidized Guardianships Incentives Fund. The new revised figures make up for a shortfall paid out of federal fiscal year 2015 funds by taking from federal fiscal year 2016 funds. The awards, recently expanded by Congress to both adoptions and kinship placement increases, provided just under $18 [...]

Senate Committee Acts on Labor-HHS Bill

On Tuesday June 7 and Thursday June 9, the Senate Appropriations moved a Labor-HHS-Education bill through Subcommittee and full Committee respectively.  Leadership from both sides proclaimed a bipartisan victory of what was passed with little controversy. The big winner, if there can be in tight budgets, is the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which received a $2 billion boost for [...]

Appropriations Will Be Front And Center, But CR More Likely

With Congress returning and approximately 27 to 24 potential days in session for the House and Senate before their summer break, appropriations bills are likely to be the prime focus. That leaves little space for addressing the Families first draft legislation unless there is some strong consensus between the two houses.  There are also some other items that might need [...]

House Subcommittee Moves TANF Reauthorization

On Wednesday, April 11, House Ways and Means Committee began a markup on a package of bills that may result in a reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  House Republicans are promoting the TANF reauthorization and limited package of changes as part of their programs to reduce.  In announcing the hearing Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said, [...]

Senate Finance Focuses on Evidence-Based Programs

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on evidenced-based programs and strategies in human services.  In his opening remarks Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) highlighted the substance abuse Regional Partnership Grants (RPGs) as well as home visiting programs as examples of using evidence based practices to have an impact.  He also strongly defended proposals around social impact [...]

Appropriations Update

The House leadership may try to pass a budget resolution this week and were engaging the rank and file on the possibilities.  They are once again considering a side-bill that would cut $30 billion in mandatory funding including the elimination of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). Despite these offerings it looks like they do not have enough House Republicans [...]

Education and the Workforce Takes Up CAPTA Legislation

On Thursday, April 28, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved HR 4843, a bill to amend requirements around the “safe care” plans as described in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).  The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act was introduced by Reps. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) and is somewhat similar to a [...]