The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has launched of the Alliance Policy Action Center! The Alliance Policy Action Center will feature targeted calls for action to mobilize our strategic action network, and to collect relevant information on issues that are affecting our members. Visit the action center today and submit your input on three important areas:  

  • Evidence-based practices for the Family First Prevention Services Act
  • Federally funded programs that support people and communities
  • Impact of outdated or unnecessary regulations

Share Evidence-Based Practices for Family First Act
In early 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) passed Congress and was signed into law. FFPSA reforms the federal child welfare financing streams, Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, to provide services to families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system.

Share evidence-based practices to recommend to the Children’s Bureau for inclusion in the public clearinghouse of practices that satisfy each category set forth in the law. The FFPSA newly allows federal IV-E financing to be spent on programs that meet criteria for promising, supported or well-supported practices, as defined by the law. In addition, the FFPSA allows for the secretary to, “waive the requirement for a well-designed and rigorous evaluation of any well-supported practice if the secretary deems the evidence of the effectiveness of the practice to be compelling and the state meets the continuous quality improvement requirements.” Share Evidence-Based Practices for Family First Act

Share Your Story: Federally Funded Programs that Support People and Communities
Human service organizations leverage funding from federal programs to design services that fit the unique needs of their communities. However, federal programs that help build well-being are often targeted for cuts or elimination by elected officials. Share stories to help us educate our lawmakers on how federal resources can be used to transform lives, families, and communities.

Share stories related to:

  • Community Services Block Grant
  • 21st Century Learning Centers
  • Promise Zones
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
  • Child Care Development Block Grant
  • Regional Partnership Grants reauthorized through the Families First Prevention Services Act of 2018
  • Other relevant stories

Be sure to include how the specific funding source supported a program and the impact that the program had on participants, perhaps by providing prevention services, addressing root causes, providing two-generation support, or reducing costs to the state. Consider also sharing how federal funding helped leverage additional support to make the program more effective. 

These stories will be very influential as we head into the fall and the House and Senate need to conference their versions of the Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bills. Share Your Story: Federally Funded Programs that Support People and Communities

Share Your Story: Impact of Outdated or Unnecessary Regulations
A recent report commissioned by the Alliance and American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and produced by Oliver Wyman and SeaChange Capital Partners, cites a number of challenges facing human services community-based organizations (CBOs), but also brings clear focus to and elevates action around solutions referred to in the report as “North Star” initiatives.  

“Two of these North Star initiatives – regulatory reform, and introduction of improved financial policies and practices at CBOs – will have the long-term impact of reducing CBO expenses and/or increasing CBOs financial reserves, creating more financial stability, improved capacities and necessary flexibility for CBOs.”  

Regulatory modernization, including the rationalization of overlapping regulations and elimination/restructuring of regulations that create compliance burdens in excess of their value, to reduce expense levels for CBOs is the focus of this information collection effort. Share examples of regulations, either at the local, state, or federal levels, that have hindered your organization because they are outdated, unnecessarily burdensome, or drive overhead costs. Your examples will be used to drive conversations on regulatory reform. Share Your Story: Impact of Outdated or Unnecessary Regulations

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