The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Center for Medicaid and Chip Services (CMCS) are encouraging child welfare administrators and providers to participate in an upcoming webinar June 19, 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. CT.
Here is the formal invitation: … more
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a funding opportunity that identifies children in foster care as a target population. This second round of Health Care Innovation Grants will go to public and private organizations that enact a payment model design that is consistent with a new service delivery model that reduces costs and improves outcomes for Medicare, CHIP and Medicaid enrollees. … more
The Centers for Disease Control announced a funding opportunity titled Implementation of Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments. Applications are due June 24, 2013 and letters of intent are due May 30, 2013. States or organizations identified by a state may submit an application.
According to the grant announcement, state health departments specificallywill be funded to:
1) coordinate and manage existing and new partnerships with other child maltreatment prevention organizations and non-traditional partners to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children; … more
The Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking and The Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth co-hosted a briefing on the Intersection of child welfare and human trafficking May 16, 2013. It brought together both Houses of Congress and the Obama administration, as well as policy and practice experts and the courts. Co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) emphasized the bipartisan nature of the effort to combat trafficking of foster children. … more
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking input on modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to ease the submission of information on individuals who should be prevented from owning firearms. Previously created by the Brady Act in 1993, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is again a focus of attention after the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the resulting mental health and gun violence prevention efforts.
We ask that you review the HHS questions and help us make sure these rules are consistent with your work and the needs of your clients and patients, public safety, and individual privacy interests. … more
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About the Author
Katherine Astrich is senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance and UNCA.
She previously worked as a consultant for The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting firm. She has advocated for Medicaid, early education, and workforce assistance programs that benefit vulnerable children and families.
Her expertise includes regulatory and information collection policy. She also has eight years of experience working for the Office of Management and Budget. ... more
About the Author
Cecilia Fiermonte is director of child welfare policy at the Alliance. An attorney, she previously was assistant director at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, advocating for policy change and providing training and technical assistance.
She also previously:
- Supervised the child welfare program of the County Attorney's Office in Wyoming County, N.Y.
- Worked in research and evaluation at the Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children
- Represented children in family court matters ... more