CYF Update

Children, Youth and Families News
Friday, January 8, 2021



LSA CYF members,

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LSA Updates

Please Visit Our Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Resources Hub We will continue to update our COVID-19 Vaccine Resources Hub as more resources become available regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines. Please find new materials below:

Please email if your leadership can provide additional resources to your peers or you would be interested in a peer forum to discuss current strategies/needs.

Results Innovation Lab

As part of the Lasting Change Campaign, Lutheran Service in America was honored to bring together 13 Lutheran social ministry organizations and 47 participants for the Results Innovation Lab! These children, youth and family leaders are engaging in shared learning and strategic efforts to stabilize families in their communities so that families remain intact and children do not enter out-of-home care. Participants apply a race equity lens as they develop universal and targeted strategies to improve equitable outcomes for children and families with a goal to make a measurable difference towards changing the lives of 20,000 children, youth and families in the 2024.

Congregate Care Cohort

We were also excited to bring together exemplary leaders from nine Lutheran social ministry organizations providing residential services and/or community-based alternatives to congregate/residential care to engage in a shared learning and strategy identification through the Congregate Care Initiative cohort. The purpose of this initiative is to bring together the perspectives and expertise of Lutheran social ministry leaders to inform a national perspective and strategic efforts to eliminate unnecessary use of congregate/residential care by 2030 and improve equitable outcomes for children, youth and families. We look forward to everything they will learn and develop together as they get ready to meet again at the end of January!

Advocacy Updates

LSA Advocacy Update

On December 27, President Trump signed into law a new COVID-19 relief package, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, as part of the fiscal year 2021 spending bill. The package provides for an additional $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program but is limited to businesses and nonprofits with 300 or fewer employees that can show a 25% reduction in gross receipts in any 2020 quarter. A modest $3 billion was added for distributions through the Provider Relief Fund, and unemployment insurance relief for reimbursing employers from earlier relief has been extended to March 14 of this year. Additional, targeted funding for home and community-based services did not make it into the final package, but the Money Follows the Person demonstration program to support state initiatives to transition long-term care supports away from institutional and into community-based care was extended for three years. The package did not include additional state and local funding, which could have consequences for state Medicaid spending this year.

Since many of the package's key provisions will expire this spring, with a new wave of infections, and a slow start to vaccine distribution, we can anticipate that Congress will prioritize passage of additional COVID-19 relief early this year. Prospects for early Congressional action increased this week with the apparent victories of Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for the U.S. Senate. With their wins, the Senate will switch from Republican to Democrat control, leaving the White House, House of Representatives and Senate all in the hands of Democrats to pursue president-elect Joseph Biden's agenda. On Wednesday, a day after the Georgia election results, Mr. Biden renewed his call for additional COVID relief legislation in the first days of his presidency.

We at Lutheran Services in America are continuing our aggressive call for additional Congressional legislation to support our members’ business and continuity now and will update you on our advocacy and how you can take action.

Emergency Relief for Youth in Foster Care Included in End of the Year Relief and Spending Package

At the end of 2020, Congress passed the bipartisan Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947). The bill, which was advocated for my young people through the #UpChafee Campaign, will provide financial and other supports for youth who have aged out of foster care. Read about the highlights here. The House version of the bill can be found here.

Virtual Meetings and Resources

Community Development and Early Childhood: Partnering for Better Outcomes

January 14, 2021
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Webinar attendees will learn about a project bringing early childhood partners together with housing and community development providers to better serve families with young children. This webinar will provide information about what these partners have to offer each other and how they can work together to improve outcomes for young children. We will also hear from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance about new resources and opportunities. Register here.

Child Welfare 2020: What We Are Taking With Us and What We Are Leaving Behind

January 28, 2021

As we enter 2021, we are taking time to reflect on a turbulent 2020. While throughout the pandemic calls for racial equity and deepening economic uncertainty upended child welfare practice as we know it, 2020 was also a time for major pivots that will have long lasting repercussions. Join Fostering Media Connections and Binti for a webinar where child welfare leaders will discuss how this transformational year has changed child welfare practice and policy. Register here.

Creating the "Next Normal" in Human Services: Redesigning Service Delivery to Increase Capacity and Meet Demand

January 28, 2021
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM EST

American Public Human Services Association and the Change & Innovation Agency are hosting a webinar – roundtable where you can hear how colleagues in the human services sector are balancing new health and safety protocols, workforce capacity, planning for the future when waivers may end, and how they are creating a “next normal”. For more information of to register click here.

Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, and Behavioral Health News

"Creating Financing": Funding Evidence-Based Interventions in Human Service Systems

The National Center for Biotechnology Information and the NIH produced a qualitative study which highlights views from stakeholders at the system, organizational, and provider levels on how they determine diverse funding strategies over time. It sheds light on the strengths and challenges of flexible diverse funding streams versus dedicated funding sources. Read more here.

CMS Releases Guidance on Unwinding the COVID-19 MOE

This brief review offers key insights into the Families First portion of the CMS guidance on advance planning in Medicaid and CHIP for the end of the public health emergency (PHE). The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Center for Children and Families shares how states should be working toward returning back to get back on track with processing renewals, changes in circumstances, or post-eligibility verifications. It also shares what the guidance does not do. Read more here.

How the American Child Welfare System Lost Its Way

This interview with University of Rochester health policy historian and physician Mical Raz provides an overview of the history of the child welfare system, and how its development shaped the racial disparities we see today. The interview highlights the intersectionality of poverty and race and begins to suggest solutions for our work moving forward. Read more here.

Scale and the Opportunity Youth Forum Report

Developed out of the White House Council on Community Solutions in 2012, the Opportunity Youth Forum began as a strategy to increase and improve programs and systems that serve young people not in work or school. This report shares lessons on how to scale programs for Opportunity Youth, lifting up a diverse set of strategies and with a focus on the specific successes and challenges that rural communities face. Please find the report here.

Federal Grant Opportunities

Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting - Cohort 2

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) invites eligible applicants to submit applications developing interventions to educate teens and young adults about the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. The primary goal of the grant projects is to leverage the child support program’s expertise on the legal and financial responsibilities of parenting to educate and motivate teens and young adults to postpone parenthood until after they have completed their education, started a career, and entered a committed relationship. Learn more here.

Application Due Date: March 21, 2021

CHART Model Community Transformation Track Application Deadline Extension 

The Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model is a voluntary payment model designed to meet the unique needs of rural communities. The CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote rural health care providers’ capacity to implement effective health care delivery system redesign on a broad scale. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will evaluate the impact of the CHART Model on Medicare and Medicaid expenditures, access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for rural residents. CHART aligns with CMS’s Rethinking Rural Health initiative, which aims to ensure individuals in rural America have access to high quality, affordable health care by offering new and creative payment models. Learn more here

Deadline is now March 16, 2021

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program

Forecasted HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-SR-1927-- SRAE funds programs for youth which exclusively implement education in sexual risk avoidance. Programs also teach youth the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. Learn more here.

Estimated Post date Feb. 24, 2021. Estimated Closing date: April 25, 2021.

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants

Forecasted HHS-202-ACF-ACYF-AK-1929 Department of Health and Human Services Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funds education programs to youth that must teach both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy. Learn more here.

Estimated Post date: Mar. 21, 2021 Estimated Closing date: May 20, 2021.