Washington Insider: May 2012
The new Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Information Memorandum (IM) on Title IV-E waivers states the Administration’s priorities for the next round of waivers. Administration for Children Youth and Families (ACYF) Commissioner Bryan Samuels has said that previous waivers have not resulted in transformative change, and the current IM is meant to direct states in a new direction more focused on child well-being. … more
The following post is submitted by Bart Baldwin, senior policy advisor to the Allaince for Children and Families:
In May 2013 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) will publish the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As part of the development process, the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are now available for Final Public Comment. … more
On Thursday, May 24, the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (NCECAD) presented a briefing on preventing fatal child abuse. U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas), who established the bipartisan Victims’ Rights Caucus, hosted the briefing. Speakers underscored the inaccuracies of current child abuse death estimates, recommended increased publicity, and advocated creating a national commission on child abuse and neglect deaths. … more
Social Solutions is holding a new webinar about using data to drive outcomes for transition age foster youth May 24 at 2 p.m. CT.
For years, the child welfare system has focused on basic outcomes for youth such as safety and permanency. What happens when an organization goes beyond the basics to focus on broader outcomes such as education, employment, housing, and financial literacy?
Nationally, 46 percent of foster youth drop out of high school, 25 percent become homeless and 51 percent are unemployed. How does an organization hold itself accountable for improving these outcomes? How does it use data to manage to those outcomes? … more
The Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office will host a new webinar Monday, June 18 from 2-3 p.m. CT, 3-4 p.m. ET. During the webinar, Ron Hendler of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Management and Nicole Truhe of Alliance member Youth Villages will talk about expanding Medicaid to cover home and community based services that keep children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) at home. … more
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