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AAICAMA's 2018 National Meeting

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All the facts you need to know for the 2018 National Meeting
The times, local airports, taxi cost, hotel, meals, and sessions list, all in one place.
Download Everything You Need to Know.

Download the Final Agenda

Template for meeting justification letter

Template for meeting justification letter for California Counties

Fairmont Hotel registration information:

By phone: 1-800-441-1414
Meeting identification: AAICAMA

Room Block Closes: March 19th, 2018

Family First Prevention Services Act :: Signed into Law

The Family First Prevention Services Act is a complex piece of legislation and includes the biggest change to the structure of federal child welfare finance since the establishment of the Title IV-E entitlement in 1980. Most of the provisions will begin to take effect in October of this year. Plans for HHS to develop technical assistance and a clearinghouse are effective now.

The central feature of the bill is that states will now be able to use title IV-E funds for 'time-limited' services aimed at preventing the use of foster care in maltreatment cases.

The prevention services that title IV-E funds can now be used for are:

  • Services to address mental health challenges
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • In-home parent skill-based programs

There are two goups who will be eligbile to receive these services:
Parents or relatives caring for children who are 'candidates for foster care'
and youth in foster care who are pregnant or already parents

AAICAMA professional will be interested to know that the terms 'parent' and 'relative' applies to a family whose adoption or guardianship status would be disrupted or dissolved without these services.

Access the bill H.R. 1892 and go to page 169.

This bill is titled: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

NIECE :: Continuing Resolution Signed into Law

The Continuing Resolution was passed by the House­ and the Senate on February 9, 2018. States are now required to implement an electronic mechanism for exchanging information with other states when placing a child across state lines via the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.
Specific provisions of the new law pertain to the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) effort. The law:

  • Requires all states to include in their state plans how they will be using an electronic interstate case processing system by 2027.
  • Provides for $5 million in grant resources to the states for implementation of the electronic systems for exchanging information with other states until the end of fiscal year 2022.

APHSA and AAICPC are pleased to see federal support for use of a secure electronic mechanism for states to use when exchanging case information under the ICPC (Interstate Compact on Placement of Children). The NEICE ( National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise), developed by AAICPC in collaboration with APHSA has been recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services as serving this purpose.

To see the Resolution click here and go to page 461.


Good News
Health Insurance Coverage among Children :: Urban Institute Report-January 2018

"Nearly half of young children had Medicaid/CHIP coverage in 2016, and Medicaid/CHIP coverage rates were above 40 percent in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Just 3.3 percent of children ages 3 and younger were uninsured nationally, with uninsurance rates below 5 percent in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Medicaid/CHIP coverage rates and uninsurance rates among parents varied widely across states, but 27 states had uninsurance rates above 10 percent, and parents of young children in nonexpansion states were uninsured at twice the rate of parents in expansion states.

Heavy reliance on Medicaid and CHIP presents both opportunities and risks. Though Medicaid/CHIP coverage gives many families of young children access to important health care services, cutbacks in Medicaid/CHIP funding or eligibility would hit these families even harder than families of older children. The recent six-year reauthorization of CHIP provides some stability in Medicaid/CHIP coverage for young children, and now lawmakers are considering extending the authorization to 10 years. But the future of Medicaid/CHIP coverage for parents of young children is less certain and will be shaped by state and federal policies now in development."

See the full report.

Glossary of Child Welfare Terms

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has recently updated their Glossary of Child Welfare terms. Many child welfare terms are subject to interpretation, and our glossary helps identify commonly held definitions for terms found on our website. Find definitions for common acronyms and links to information on major federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary is updated as new terminology emerges, as new legislation is enacted, and as child welfare terms take on new meaning.

Link to the glossary:

Updated: February 12, 2018