Pressures Mounting for State Child Welfare Agencies

With the unemployment rates the highest in the last 26 years, the impact on child welfare agencies has been dramatic. The number of abuse and neglect complaints has increased by 35 percent in most metropolitan areas and the number of removals has also soared for many states. Child advocates have voiced concern in states where the child fatality rate for cases of abuse and neglect have doubled or tripled over previous years. [More]

Legislative, Regulatory and Program Updates

On November 18, 2009 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent notice to Congress that CMS is withdrawing its proposed rule on rehabilitative services (CMS Rule 2261‐P). Among other things, the proposed rule was intended to redefine rehabilitative services to exclude Medicaid reimbursement for the direct and administrative costs of rehabilitative services that are intrinsic elements of education programs. [More]

Top 10 Things to Know as you submit your Planning APD for HIT Planning

On Friday, November 13, PCG Health and Human Services hosted a Webinar entitled, “Ten Things You Need to Know to Maximize Federal Participation for Health Information Exchange (HIE) Funding.” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) funding for state Medicaid programs to plan and implement health information exchanges (HIEs) is now available at the 90 percent level. [More]

Child Welfare Training Reimbursement

ACF has published policy questions to the Child Welfare Policy Manual (CWPM) 8.1H Title IV-E, Administrative Functions/Costs, Training that highlight sections of Fostering Connections for Success and Increase Adoptions Act which address changes in Title IV-E Training reimbursement. Since the signing of Public Law 101-239 in December 1989, states with approved plans have been entitled to claim 75 percent reimbursement for the training of personnel employed or preparing for employment by the state agency. [More]

USDE Sets the Final Requirements for the "Race to the Top" Competition

After receiving more than 1,000 public comments on its draft requirements for the competitive "Race to the Top" grants, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published its final requirements in the Federal Register on November 12. Although the final requirements reflect some new flexibility in response to some of the comments received, the standards remain stringent for receiving a grant from the $4 billion Race to the Top fund, which was established by the 2009 stimulus bill. [More]

Congressional Watch

Yesterday, the Subcommittee of Healthy Families and Communities held a hearing in support of the re-authorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) grant. National experts who have implemented provisions of the CAPTA - the Basic State grants, the Community Based Prevention grants and the Research and Demonstration grants - attended and spoke. [More]