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Millions of American Families Receive First Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

The Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, is here to help families raising children make ends meet. Experts estimate that the new Child Tax Credit has the potential to cut child poverty in half. We need your help to spread the word and raise awareness of this major tax relief for working families.

House Committee Moves Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations

Last week the House Appropriations Committee passed through the subcommittee (Monday, July 12, 2021) and then through the full committee on Wednesday (July 14, 2021) the appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS).  The $253 billion appropriations for the three departments passed out of full committee by a vote

Biden Names New Drug Czar As Overdose Deaths Skyrocket

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, President Biden announced the nomination of Rahul Gupta as the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position many have referred to as the “drug czar.” A day later, the CDC released preliminary data that showed a record 93,000 people died of a drug overdose last year in the

Some of the House Committee’s Appropriations Directives

As is custom, the House Appropriations Committee included important guidance and directives for some of the new and existing HHS funding. Some of these include: CWA data elements into AFCARS. Mental Health Screenings for Foster Youth. The Committee recognizes that States are required to develop a plan for the ongoing oversight and coordination of health

Ohio State University (OSU), College of Social Work Kinship Care Study

The research team is seeking to learn about the needs of kinship caregivers, particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to recommend to local and national decision-makers the types of programs, services, and policies that best support this population. The study is recruiting child welfare professionals who have been working in the

Latest Budget Update

Last week resulted in an initial agreement between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators on an infrastructure bill while Congressional Democrats focused on what should be included in a fall reconciliation bill. On Thursday, June 24, 2021, a group of Democratic and Republican senators gathered at the White House along with the President to

National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

The Trevor Project's third annual survey, National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, brings to light the difficulties for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-24 experiences across the U.S. The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young

Interior Department Grants To Operate Indian Child And Family Service Programs

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Department of Interior, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), published a notice soliciting grants from Indian Organizations to establish and operate off-reservation Indian child and family service programs.    Indian child and family service programs are to provide services for stabilizing Indian families and Tribes, preventing the breakup of Indian

Youth Mobile Response Programs

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) hosted a conversation this week entitled How to Keep Young People of Color Safe Through Mobile Response. Experts from Connecticut and Oklahoma discussed the success of mobile response services in their state. The panelists underscored that mobile response services are an investment in de-criminalizing mental health, and a powerful

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