APHSA is releasing a series of policy briefs that advance our Pathways agenda. Our initial briefs focus on the four outcomes areas, providing a background summary of present policy and funding concerns, our broad vision for lasting and sustainable solutions, and a concise list of the main policy priorities necessary to implement these solutions. Subsequent briefs- grouped under the most appropriate outcome area – provide more detailed policy recommendations to support the transformation of the health and human service system.
In addition to the policy recommendations that support the policy priorities under each of the four outcome areas, we are also publishing specifically focused policy briefs to state our position on pressing issues, including TANF and SNAP reauthorizations. Click on the links below to receive further information regarding each policy brief:
In this open letter from December 2011 APHSA outlines its Pathways vision and challenges policymakers to address a national human service structure that is unsustainable in its present form.
Latest Policy Briefs
Strategies for behavioral health prevention and early intervention
Strategies for behavioral health prevention, early identification, and intervention are integral components of a holistic health and human service delivery system serving individuals across the lifespan. Early, adverse experiences of children and youth have serious impacts on their social, emotional, physical, mental, and behavioral health development and on their later health and quality of life as adults. This policy brief highlights both challenges – including access, provider shortages, training and development, technological infrastructure, and resource sustainability – as well as recommended opportunities health and human service leaders should consider affecting the provision of preventive behavioral health care for individuals, families, and communities.
Reauthorization recommendations for Child Care and Development Block Grant
The National Association of State Child Care Administrators (NASCCA), an APHSA affiliate, released its recommendations for the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Click here to learn about NASCCA's recommendations on improving the quality of child care, health and safety standards, early childhood workforce, program integrity and more!