Older Youth

Sound The Alarm Campaign for Kids

A coalition of health care associations and providers are starting a campaign to SOUND THE ALARM FOR KIDS: WE ARE IN A NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY Organizations can go to the website to join the campaign and access information and social media and other resources to get the message out. The campaign states: “We invite

HHS Pulls Back Discrimination Waiver, Earns House Praise

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, HHS announced it was rolling back a controversial Trump Administration waiver that allowed some child welfare agencies to discriminate in their placement decisions. The Biden action quickly gained the praise of key House Democrats who are backing the anti-discrimination-in-placement-decisions legislation. Early in the Trump Administration, HHS had issued a waiver

Voice for Adoption’s Portrait Project

In celebration of National Adoption Month, Voice for Adoption (VFA) hosted its 17th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project on November 10th, 2021. This year's theme: 2021: Unresolved ACES - Access to mental health services and impacts it has on permanency. With a special thanks to VFA Communications Policy Associate intern, Derya Ozcan, and in collaboration

Year In Review: Education for Homeless Children and Youth

On November 10, 2021, Schoolhouse Connections sponsored a briefing, “Year-in-Review and Preparing for 2022.” Lisa Pilnik, Child & Family Associates, facilitated the panel of Child Welfare experts including Heather Hanna, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), Cameron Rifkin, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), and Alleane Anderson, Schoolhouse Connections   This year, the main theme

Creating Equity for Children and Youth

On November 10, 2021, The Urban Institute and the Forum for Youth Investment held a briefing focused on how evidence and evaluation can promote equity in policies that affect children and youth. The panel was moderated Alicia Wilson, the Forum for Youth Investors, panelist were Miranda Lynch Smitch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy;

Children’s Budget Shows Some Improvements

On November 3, 2021, First Focus on Children hosted the Children’s Budget Summit to highlight the release of their 15th annual Children’s Budget Analysis. Over the last 10 years, the Children’s Budget analysis has documented federal spending for children. Typically, this means watching federal spending for children be cut at a high rate. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused devastation across the world, Congress was compelled to make investments in early childhood, child care, education, family

Davis-Walorski Bill Extending 2021 Chafee Provisions Passes House

Last Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced a new bill (HR 5661) to extend the temporary relief for youth exiting foster care. On Wednesday it passed the House by a fast-track voice vote. The December 2020 Covid-19 relief package included flexibility in certain programmatic services for Chafee-eligible

Q & A on IMD and the QRTP- Children Still Not Covered

On October 19, 2021, CMS put out a new, Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) Reimbursement: Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Requirements, Q & A. The new question and answer appear to be an attempt to address the conflict that some states are facing that by adhering to the new Title IV-E foster care Qualified

Children’s Bureau Advice on Youth in Foster Care

On October 12, 2021, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau Aysha Schomburg, issued a letter to the child welfare community urging continued vigilance in assisting young people who exit foster care and to be proactive in reaching out and helping. The end of federal fiscal year 2021 on September 30, 2021, meant the expiration of

MACPAC on Behavioral Health for Children in Foster Care

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has released an analysis: Access in Brief: Behavioral Health Services for Youth in Foster Care. The report is an analysis of the experience of adolescents aged 12–17 who reported staying overnight in foster care in the past 12 months. The report and research examine selected characteristics,

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