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 [...]

Child Care Expansion and Quality Improvements Bill Unveiled

On Thursday, February 3 Capitol Hill was the site of a press conference introducing a new child care bill, the Child Care Access to Resources for Early Learning Act (Child C.A.R.E. Act). If the legislation becomes law it would provide significant investment into child care subsidies improving the quality, the supply, and the workforce. In the Senate the main sponsor [...]

Child Maltreatment Report Released Includes Increased Numbers 

The latest data from HHS through the annual Child Maltreatment report indicates that the number of children substantiated as abused or neglected increased to 702,000 in 2014 compared to 682,307 in 2013. Consistent with the past several years the vast majority of children were victims of neglect (75 percent) compared to physical abuse (17 percent) or sexual abuse (8.3 percent) [...]

Senate Committee Looks at Heroin, Prevention, Interdiction, Treatment

On Wednesday, January 27, the Senate Judiciary Committee focused on heroin and the prescription drug abuse issue during a hearing labeled, “Attacking America’s Epidemic of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse”   As noted previously, the President in his State of the Union address singled out the drug use issue as one area both parties could work together on. This week the [...]

Bipartisan Senate Committee Vote Moves Child Nutrition Improvements 

On Wednesday, January 20 it was all bipartisan with voice votes in approving a jointly drafted committee bill, the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016.  The substitute bill draft was submitted by Committee Chairman Pat Roberts(R-KS) and Ranking Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The unnumbered bill extends a number of child nutrition programs including school lunches, the [...]

2016 Congressional Session Short and Uncertain

When Congress returns this week it will mark the beginning of a very short congressional calendar.  The President is scheduled to deliver his last State of the Union address on January12 which will unofficially begin the new budget debate for FY 2017.  The official budget will come a little more than four weeks later in early February.  Beyond that little [...]

Commission Continues Debate Over Strategy to Reduce Child Deaths

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities continued their deliberations last week with a two day discussion in Virginia just outside of Washington DC. Based on the public discussions, members continued to disagree and debate what should be included in a final package of proposals that will go to the Administration, the Congress and ultimately the general public.  [...]

Discussion: The Elephant in the Room Substance Use & Child Welfare

On Thursday, December 3, Capitol Hill was the location for a briefing on Substance Use Treatment: A Core Component of Child Welfare Reform, the briefing entitled the Elephant in the Room discussed the roll that substance abuse is and has been playing in child welfare and foster care in particular.  CWLA was one of the several cosponsors of the briefing [...]

Senator Seeks Extra Federal Funds to Address Substance Abuse

Last week Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued a call for emergency funding to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. Senator Shaheen’s proposal would provide supplemental appropriations totaling $600 million to programs at the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services and draw the funding as emergency spending meaning that it would not count against the [...]