One of the CEEWB’s goals is to promote integrated, outcome-focused policies and practices which best support access to opportunity and mobility through gainful employment. The Center works toward this goal by tracking and analyzing policies related to workforce engagement, developing policy briefs to inform APHSA’s members, and working with the membership to advocate for better workforce policies through providing helpful information to policy makers through issue briefs, public comments, hearing testimony, and more.
In this work CEEWB recognizes that public policy should:
- Promote appropriate employment supports, economic development, employer incentives, wealth creation enterprises, micro-enterprise strategies, youth employment initiatives, and education and training.
- Base measures that are used to hold state employment programs accountable on appropriate outcomes that demonstrate genuine progress toward self-sufficiency and that reflect state-specific plans and options.
- Align programs so that the proper combination of services and supports can be deployed on behalf of a client for the right time and the right duration.
- Support governance frameworks for these programs that foster collaboration within public agencies as well as transparent participation with community stakeholders.
- Realign support programs such as food assistance, child care, health care, and housing in support of a holistic approach to employment and self-sufficiency, and to mitigate and ultimately remove the "cliff effect"—in which modest wage increases can trigger sudden loss of other benefits and jeopardize wage progression and stability.
- Continue supporting state efforts to promote community and integrated employment for people with disabilities, as well as program alignment and blended or braided funding models that enable the delivery of evidence-based employment models to individuals with disabilities.
- Support consistent engagement between human services and related federal, state, and local agencies, including strategic involvement of educators, employers, health care providers, and service providers.