NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR INTEGRATION OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
- December, 2016 - "Status of State Efforts to Integrate Health and Human Services Systems and Data: 2016" - This research brief presents findings from a survey administered to state health and human services officials asking about their efforts to strengthen connections between health and human services programs for low-income populations through increased data interoperability and systems integration. This project was funded by ASPE and the project team included MEF Associates, APHSA and the Rockefeller Institute.
- December 22, 2016 - The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) signed a historic agreement that will streamline data sharing with states and enable more integrated eligibility processes for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) beneficiaries. Specifically, eligible state Medicaid agencies will be permitted and encouraged to use SSA data that they obtain via the CMS Federal Data Services Hub for determining eligibility for SNAP and TANF applicants when making Medicaid eligibility determinations. We are initiating this effort with Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Montana, who are executing agreements with SSA to authorize this use. For states interested in learning more about what makes a state eligible and funding availability, the primary point of contact at SSA is email@example.com and at CMS is Nicole.Comeaux1@cms.hhs.gov
- December, 2016 - The National Collaborative released its transition paper. It sets out a vision for the health and human services public and private sectors to operate a system designed to provide a modern marketplace experience and to improve population well-being, while bending the health and human services cost curve over the next decade. In the newly released paper, Promoting Greater Health and Well-Being, the National Collaborative provides guiding principles, policy priorities, and helpful tools for accomplishing this vision.
- November, 2016 - Work Support Strategies’ (WSS) final evaluation report provides crucial evidence about the effectiveness of state efforts to improve the delivery of public benefits. WSS was a multi-year, foundation-funded initiative providing states financial support and technical assistance, led by CLASP in partnership with Urban Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report finds that the six states participating in WSS (Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and South Carolina) substantially improved eligible children’s and parents’ participation in safety net programs, as well as dramatically reduced the time it takes to deliver benefits. Moreover, states accomplished these goals without spending more money on administrative costs or increasing errors; rather, they used existing flexibility within the programs.
- APHSA's National Collaborative for Integration of Health and Human Services and Organizational Effectiveness Team - with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation - are launching a nationwide, peer to peer learning collaborative, The Integration Institute, specifically designed for HHS leadership teams at the state and local level to explore how to effectively work with community partners in implementing an Integrated Service Delivery System (ISD). This three-phase learning series is FREE and addresses: Orientation to Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) Impacting Health and Well-being; Organizational Assessment to Close the Gaps; and Transformation in Action. The first phase begins with a FREE webinar on January 26, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST. To learn more about the Integration Institute please click here. To register for the inaugural webinar please click here.
- October 6, 2016 - The White House announced the expansion of the Opportunity Project and the launch of twenty-nine new digital tools built by companies and non-profit organizations to increase access to opportunity in communities across the country. More information on Interoperability and Data Analytics can be found here.
- September 20, 2016 - Health and Human Services State of the States Survey. The Survey was done in partnership with CompTIA HSITAG and ISM, an affiliate of APHSA. Its purpose is “to gain and share insights from state and local Health and Human Services (H/HS) thought leaders relative to agency IT issues, challenges, trends, and perspectives.” Results of the first annual Survey results have been published here.
- September 15, 2016 - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in collaboration with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), published a collection of tools, designed to help public health maximize partnerships with Medicaid to improve population health. This project contributes to the Triple Aim by identifying specific opportunities, challenges, and solutions for promoting increased collaboration between Medicaid and public health.
- August, 2016 - The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program August’s commentary describes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) strategies for sharing resources about reducing substance use disorders, including: (1) national webinars highlighting the most popular topics from the past year; (2) webpage resources including slides from our Targeted Learning Opportunity series; and (3) ongoing technical support and tools. To read more, visit the commentary page here: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/innovation-accelerator-program/iap-commentary/cms-commentary.html
- August, 2016 - The Administration for Children & Families' Office of Community Services has released this new informational bulletin to provide guidance on using the Community Services Block Grant to provide services to children and parents together.
- August, 2016 - The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) released guidance about how State Commissioners can support ACF Strategic Goals around Two-Generation Approaches. Below is a letter sent to State Commissioners that describes ACF’s commitment to the two-generation, whole-family approach, and that highlights some current resources and ones in development in support of state and local efforts.
- August, 2016 - The NC FAST: North Carolina's Approach to Integrated Case Management Webinar recording from the Tri-Agency Working Group of HHS/Administration for Children and Families (ACF), CMS/Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), and USDA/Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) can be found here. A pdf of the slide deck is below:
- August, 2016 - The annual update of the Social Determinants of Health for Rural People guides and FAQs can be found here.
- 2016 - Esri's Smart Communities Innovation Challenge for Mobile Government - The grants will be awarded to 10 state, regional, county, and municipal governments. One of the themes for consideration is health and human services. More information here.
National Collaborative Foundational Documents
- APHSA's Health & Human Services Value Curve Toolkit: Using the Human Services Value Curve framework developed by Harvard, the National Collaborative's Health & Human Services Integration Maturity Model and findings from our national scan of the states & localities, APHSA has developed a toolkit for state & local leaders to help implement the change required to improve health and human services outcomes. Click here to access the Toolkit!