Children’s programs and services have never been under such threats as they are in the current environment of tax cuts and ACA reform.
Two divestment trends are sadly well-established: (1) children’s programs accounted for a mere 2.1 percent of all new total federal spending over the last five years, and (2) Since 2014, the share of total federal spending on children decreased 5.1%. In 2016, the share of total federal spending on children was only 7.8%. In this current Administration, we add the challenges to CHIP reauthorization, the ability of states to eliminate certain essential benefits such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, and elimination of tax benefits that families utilize to remain whole and healthy.
We know what works to strengthen families. We must continue to band together, get educated, and present our case to Capitol Hill, demanding that elected officials put the needs of children and families at the top of their agendas.
We are continually monitoring budgetary proposals and threats to healthy families as we develop the agenda for the 15th Annual Public Policy Institute. Guests and themes this year will include:
- Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau and Acting Commissioner of ACYF.
- The Opioid Epidemic, its impact on TFC census and programs, and a two-generational approach to treatment.
- Integration of bio-medical and behavioral health and its implication for TFC contracting and delivery of services.
- Updates on the latest data and research concerning TFC utilization across the states.
- Our message to congress about what TFC providers need to deliver effective family focused treatment to youth.
On our TFC Day on the Hill, we will meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for the children and families we serve. We will guide you through the process of setting up your appointments and energize you to be the best advocate for children. As challenging as these times are, public citizen outcry has proven effective in stopping and changing legislative proposals that can be even more harmful. We are called on once again.
The FFTA has reserved a limited room block at Courtyard Marriott Washington DC/U.S. Capitol for institute participants. There are a limited number of rooms in the group block. The cut-off date for hotel reservations at the group rate is February 2, 2018,
or when the block becomes full (whichever is first).
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