The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) works with and through its members, the nation’s public human services leaders, to actively provide resources and opportunities for strong and healthy families; preventive investments; gainful employment; the greatest possible degree of independence; and sustainable well-being for children and youth. Through both broad initiatives and specifically tailored programs – financial assistance, family services, health care, work opportunities, and other pragmatic and workable ways to support transitions away from dependence – human service agencies are undergirding a stronger, healthier, and more empowered nation.
This work is presented through the Pathways Initiative, a body of successful approaches and policy improvements that will facilitate this critical transition. APHSA is presenting a series of policy and issue briefs that advance and undergird the Pathways agenda. Our briefs focus on key outcome areas; provide a background summary of present policy and funding concerns; explain our broad vision for lasting and sustainable solutions; and present the policy priorities necessary to implement these solutions. They also provide more detailed policy recommendations to support system transformation. As these papers are published or updated, they will be posted here.
Pathways also encompasses other focal points of APHSA’s work, including several special initiatives, its Innovation Center, examples of the outstanding advances our agencies are accomplishing, and webinars and other resources.
What’s New – APHSA first published Pathways papers several years ago and has just posted three new and updated Pathway papers; more will follow in the near future. These new papers reflect a number of recent changes including APHSA’s current priorities and recommendations and recent changes in federal and state policies and funding mechanisms. They also include major advances in APHSA’s work around new and effective ways of framing our issues; in incorporating some of the latest advances in information technology, executive functioning, and behavioral economics; and our expanding network of partnerships.
These new papers include: