National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
United Cerebral Palsy (DPC)
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH)
The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program was reauthorized as part of the Deficit Reduction Act in February. The legislation conveyed authority to HHS to clarify the activities that states could engage families in to meet their required work participation rate or face financial sanctions.
- Sent recommendations to Secretary Leavitt on how the approved work activities could appropriately accommodate families that include a parent or a child with a disability in anticipation of the release of the regulations.
- Coordinated activities with partners who submitted parallel recommendations, stressing the importance of accommodating families in which the parent has a mental health or substance abuse disorder in preserving families and preventing out-of-home placements of children.
- Worked with Senator Jeffords and Senator Smith, co-sponsors of the Pathways to Independence legislation that would have provided greater accommodations for people with disabilities in the TANF program, who also submitted recommendations.
- Met with HHS officials to express concerns over the impact of regulations on people with disabilities if appropriate accommodations are not provided.
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