Announcing the launch of FamilyFirstAct.org. The database of resources promotes robust implementation of the historic Family First Act. 

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Human Rights Campaign - January 31, 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

HRC Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Because there are currently no comprehensive civil rights protections for LGBTQ people at the federal level, the rights of millions of LGBTQ people and their families depend on which state they live in. In 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are. For this reason, the incoming pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has made the Equality Act -- a bill to establish comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people -- a top priority.

Also: Human Rights Campaign's State Equality Index report: https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/SEI-2018-Report.pdf?_ga=2.55580520.213824137.1549291926-149022601.1543343607

https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-releases-2018-state-equality-index

Published in LGBTQ Youth

A new comprehensive resource with easy-to-use interactive features compiles critical data on children, youth, and families who had contact with the child welfare system in 2017. This resource highlights state- and national-level data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption. These data are important because they help public officials and advocates understand how many children and youth had contact with the child welfare system, and why these interactions occurred.

Access website - click here.

Published in Data & Technology
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:58

Zero to Three: State of Babies Yearbook 2019

The 12 million infants and toddlers in the U.S. are our next generation of parents, leaders, and workers. Yet far too many face persistent hardships that undermine their development. We can’t afford to squander the potential of a single child. 

That’s why we’re excited to release the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019. The first of its kind Yearbook compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first. 

Click for the report.

Published in Data & Technology

 National Judicial Opioid Task Force Launches Online Resource Center

Chattanoogan - January 29, 2019

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force, co-chaired by Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts Director Deborah Taylor Tate, recently launched a resource center to address the ongoing opioid epidemic featuring dozens of facts sheets, videos, and other resources for judges and the general public regarding the opioid crisis and substance abuse disorders including treatment and services; special populations, including children and veterans; and collaborative efforts and data sharing among law enforcement medical professionals and the judicial branch.

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/1/29/383812/National-Judicial-Opioid-Task-Force.aspx

https://www.ncsc.org/Topics/Court-Management/Leadership-and-Change-Management/Opioids-and-the-Courts/Opioids-and-the-Courts-Resource-Center.aspx

 

Published in Children's Justice Act

How States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Deliver Long-Term Services and Supports to Children with Special Health Care Needs: A 50-State Review of Medicaid Managed Care Contracts.
Honsberger, Kate. Holladay, Scott. Kim, Erin. VanLandeghem, Karen.
National Academy for State Health Policy.
2018
https://nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MLTSS-and-CYSHCN-Issue-Brief-Final.pdf

50-State Review of Long-Term Services and Supports for CYSHCN in Medicaid Managed Care: Information as of June 2018 [50-State Tables].
National Academy for State Health Policy.
2018
https://nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MLTSS-and-CYSHCN-Chart.pdf

Published in Data & Technology

The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of a population called ALICE — an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is the growing number of households in our communities that do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. This research initiative partners with state United Way organizations to present data that can stimulate meaningful discussion, attract new partners, and ultimately inform strategies for positive change.


Based on the overwhelming success of this research in identifying and articulating the needs of this vulnerable population, the United Way ALICE Project has grown from a pilot in Morris County, New Jersey in 2009, to the entire state of New Jersey in 2012, and now to the national level with 18 states participating. Louisiana United Ways are proud to join the more than 540 United Ways in these states that are working to better understand ALICE’s struggles. Organizations across the country are also using this data to address the challenges and needs of their employees, customers, and communities. The result is that ALICE is rapidly becoming part of the common vernacular, appearing in the media and in public forums discussing financial hardship in communities nationwide.


Together, United Ways, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations have the opportunity to evaluate current initiatives and discover innovative approaches that give ALICE a voice, and create changes that improve life for ALICE and the wider community.
To access reports from all states, visit www.UnitedWayALICE.org

The Louisiana ALICE report is attached to this page. Please click on the link to open it. 

 

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How states can improve well-being for all children, from birth to age five

McKinsey & Company - October 24, 2018

State governments have a unique opportunity to improve children's developmental trajectories. An integrated approach can help.

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-sector/our-insights/how-states-can-improve-well-being-for-all-children-from-birth-to-age-five

From Child Welfare Information Gateway enewsletter

 

Published in Children's Justice Act

Chapin Hall Report Finds Homelessness Risk Assessment Tool Highly Accurate

Youth Today - November 15, 2018

In a first-of-its-kind analysis of records for 11,000 homeless youths, a new report by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago finds that a widely used questionnaire to assess young people's risk of long-term homelessness accurately predicts who is unlikely to escape homelessness without help.

Also: Better, Systematic Crisis Response Needed to Help Homeless Young People: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/system-response-youth-homelessness/

Also: Report: Toward a Systems Response to Ending Youth Homelessness: https://www.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/Chapin-Hall-Youth-Collaboratory-Toward-A-System-Response-To-Youth-Homele....pdf

https://youthtoday.org/2018/11/chapin-hall-report-finds-homelessness-risk-assessment-tool-highly-accurate/

Monday, 26 November 2018 11:10

Defining and Counting Youth Homelessness

Defining and Counting Youth Homelessness - Administration for Children and Families - November 20, 2018

Causes of running away and homelessness among young people are many and varied, as are potential consequences. Several factors make it difficult to determine the scope of the issue of youth homelessness, including the number of homeless youth and young adults in the United States. In addition to there being no consistent methodology for conducting a youth count and no consistent definition of homeless youth across federal agencies, homeless young people may not be connected to formal support services such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems; the education system; or youth shelters and drop-in centers.

Click for the full report

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