Federal Priorities

Overview

Federal Priorities

CWDA monitors federal regulations and policy changes affecting county human services programs.

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2017 Federal Priorities

The CWDA Board of Directors adopted the following 2017 priorities at their annual directors workshop in December.

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ACA Resources

This section will be updated with tools and resources for county human services agencies relating to the Affordable Care Act, including fact sheets on the number of people receiving Medi-Cal in California, briefings from policy and research organizations on the positive effects of the ACA, as well as how repealing the ACA would devastate Californians and the economy.

Forms/Guidelines

Share how the ACA & Medi-Cal are Changing Lives
Join Us as we Urge Congress to Protect Our Care

CWDA is collecting stories from county human services agency staff, our statewide and community partners and clients as part of our collective effort to educate congressional representatives, local policymakers and the public on the tremendous and numerous benefits the Affordable Care Act, particularly the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility, has had in our communities. These stories will help us explain why the repeal efforts Congress is currently undertaking at the federal level would be devastating not only to the people we serve but also to local county economies.

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Immigration Resources

This section includes tools and resources for county human services agencies relating to immigration, health care and public benefits under current law. County humans service agencies are fielding many calls from clients and the community regarding immigrants’ eligibility for health and other public benefits since the new federal Administration took office. 

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Facts about Child Welfare in California and the Critical Fixes Needed to the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 for Our Children

The Family First Prevention Services Act has a laudable goal: preventing child abuse and ensuring that children are being raised with loving families, instead of in group homes. It’s a goal that California counties, foster youth and advocates support, too.

Unfortunately, in a rush to push the legislation through Congress without any meaningful debate or reasonable amendments, the needs of individual children and their caregivers – especially relatives – are being lost. If passed as-is, Family First will compromise the ability of child welfare systems and their community partners to keep children safe and secure.

Legislation

Webinar on Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016

CWDA, the John Burton Foundation and the Alliance for Children’s Rights hosted a web seminar on August 25th about the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (FFPSA). California is among a growing number of states that is concerned about the unintended consequences of FFPSA, which include restricted access to foster care for children placed with relative caregivers and the unsafe placement of high-need children in homes without adequate supports, among others.

Legislation

Family First Act of 2016’s Negative Impacts on Eligiblity for Federal Benefits for Certain Children

On August 12, a document was released by Family First Act proponents in an attempt to defend the Act in its current form against charges that children who are placed with relatives while they receive prevention services under Title I of the Act, and subsequently enter foster care without first returning to their parents’ home, would lose eligibility for federally funded foster care benefits under Title IV-E.

Legislation

Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456)

Congress is currently considering the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456). California’s counties have serious concerns about the bill and oppose it as currently drafted. CWDA is asking the House and Senate to avoid rushing the vote on this bill so we can work to amend it in a way that aligns with the bipartisan efforts already underway in California to reform and reduce the use of congregate care.  

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Letters to Congress

This section contains letters expressing CWDA’s position on key human services bills before Congress.