Forum Focuses On Pay For Success

On Tuesday, February 2 the American Enterprise Institute and Save the Children cosponsored an event, “Pay for Success: A New Approach to Finding Social Welfare Programs.” The Capitol Hill discussion provided a forum to discuss new strategies to address intractable social problems. Pay for Success or what others call Social Impact Bonds are relatively new strategies that try and bring [...]

Stabenow/Blunt Bill Would Expand Demos On Mental Health Parity

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) are introducing new legislation likely this week, the Excellence in Mental Health Act.  The bill that would fully fund 24 states that qualified for a planning grant to create parity between community mental health services and physical health services.  The bill is a follow up to an earlier version that was [...]

Human Resources Subcommittee With New Chair and Faces

When Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) became Speaker he left his powerful position on the House Ways and Means Committee and set in place a series of shifts and changes. In the end it means that the Human Resources Subcommittee, the key Subcommittee in the House when it comes to child welfare and welfare legislation, had several changes.  The most significant [...]

White House Highlights Efforts On Substance Abuse

Late last week the White House circulated an announcement highlighting Administration’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic in 2015. It is a topic that is certain to get greater focus in the February budget and possibly in the State of the Union address. In their highlights they listed the FY 2016 budget requests, some of which received increases. It is [...]

Reconciliation Repeals ACA/Planned Parenthood Funding, House Now

The House is expected to re-approve a reconciliation bill that guts the ACA and cuts Planned Parenthood funding this week.  The Senate redesigned an earlier House version in an effort to attract enough Republican Senators.  The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 52 to 47.  Two Republican Senators (Kirk R-IL, and Collins R-ME) voted no due [...]

AEI & Brookings Offer Up Poverty Solutions To Bridge Political Divide

On Thursday, December 3 the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution held a joint meeting to release a new paper and to discuss their joint proposal on Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream. The two-hour discussion focused on the consensus document that was crafted over a 14-month period by [...]

Poverty Numbers Remain Unchanged

The poverty rate in 2014 changed little from the previous Census data according to the annual release by the Census Bureau.  The income report was released on Wednesday, September 16 and it showed that In 2014, the official poverty rate was 14.8 percent with 46.7 million people in poverty. The poverty rate for children under age 18 was 21.1 percent also [...]

House Committee Taking Up TANF Reauthorization

On Wednesday the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on reauthorization of TANF in what could be a serious effort to reauthorize the block grant. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was last reauthorized for a full five years in 2006 with a series of yearly and monthly extensions since it last expired. [...]

Child Support Directors Ask Congress to Work With Administration

Last month key Republican leaders, including leaders from the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee, introduced legislation and tough language to restrict the Administration’s implementation of new regulations of state child support enforcement practices. S.1525 and H.R. 2688 would prohibit HHS (the Secretary) from issuing a final rule making changes to the child support program. As a [...]

Voices of Youth Count Campaign

Last week CWLA joined others in the launch and announcement of the Voices of Youth Count campaign.  The Voices of Youth Count is led by Chapin Hall in collaboration with CWLA and other partners across the country.  Its goal is to have both a reliable national estimate of youth homelessness and a clearer picture of what it means to be [...]