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House Subcommittee Discusses Substance Use and Evidence

On Wednesday, May 17 the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held their own hearing on the substance-abuse issue and the relationship to child welfare.  It follows last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on the use of evidence-based services and its relationship to child welfare. In his opening statement, the Chairman, Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) said, "In Florida, [...]

House Passes Negotiated CAPTA Safe Care, Senate Next

On Wednesday, May 11, the House of Representatives passed the Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, H.R. 4843, by a vote of 421 to zero. Late last year a Reuters investigation examined the care for infants born to parents struggling with opioid and heroin addiction. It caught the attention of Congress especially the parts that dealt with a lack [...]

Davis-Young Amendment Prioritizes Parent-Incarceration Drug Treatment 

The House adopted an amendment offered by Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congressman Todd Young (R-IN), (and endorsed by CWLA), that will allow Justice Department funded substance abuse treatment diversion grants to focus on parents whose incarceration could result in their children entering foster care. The amendment was considered as part of the House debates on a series of opioid [...]

Briefing With Dr Phil Becomes Hearing On Better Drug Treatment Strategy

Thursday a Capitol Hill briefing featuring Dr. Phil McGraw became more like a Capitol Hill hearing as he discussed the heroin/opioid use epidemic and its impact on the child welfare. The briefing sponsored by the House Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, co-chaired by Congressperson Karen Bass (D-CA) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), was open to all members of the House [...]

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 [...]

Runaway And Homeless Youth Program Supporters Hopeful

On Wednesday May 4, the National Network for Youth and the True Colors Fund sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing in support of a reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. The panel of speakers included Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth, Dr. Resa Matthew, Family and Youth Services Bureau, (FYSB) HHS, Kristopher Sharpe, Congressional [...]

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 [...]

Committee Marks Up House Version of Drug Legislation

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, the House Energy and Commerce passed a series of 11 bills in response to the opioid/heroin addiction problem.  The bills ranged from a new GAO report to better regulation of prescription medication and control through the FDA and other federal government oversight.  The bills acted on include: H.R. 1818, (Congressman Adam Kinzinger [...]