Child Welfare - State and Federal Landscape

As state agencies continue to grapple with balancing the 2010 state budgets, the idea of planning for 2011 is a distant haunting challenge. Almost every state in the country is experiencing significant shortfall and large revenue declines. Each state is examining the best response to growing gaps between the revenue being generated and the committed budget allocations for mandatory grant programs. [More]

CMS Announces Medicaid Health IT Planning Awards to Twelve States

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced nearly $16 million in awards to twelve states on February 26 for proposed state Medicaid planning activities that are needed to implement provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) on Medicaid payment incentives to providers for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. [More]

Practical Ideas and Promising Practices for Effective District Response to Instruction/Intervention (RtI) Initiatives: Data Use Issues to Consider

At its core, RtI is about using data to make appropriate instructional decisions for the benefit of students. As a coordinated initiative, however, designing and implementing a quality district-wide RtI approach brings a host of challenges. Many of these challenges relate to setting up effective systems and processes for collecting and using data. How can districts collect and use data to improve the odds that RtI will result in greater student success? [More]

President's 2011 Budget for ACF

The President's FY 2011 Budget for Health and Human Services demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of the nation's citizens. While the Recovery funds will expire in 2011, the total federal outlays for HHS are $911 billion, creating a net increase of $50.1 million in spending. [More]