Human Services


NCSL Capitol Forum December 10 through 12

Prepare for the 2020 Session

At the NCSL Capitol Forum, Dec. 10-12 in Pheonix, we will tackle issues that states will be discussing in 2020, including vaping and the Supreme Court Roundup. Check out all of the sessions related to health and human services and register by Nov. 19 to save. See you there!


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Reforming Child Welfare

The Three-Branch Institute is a partnership between NCSL and the National Governors Association. The new Three Branch Institute Toolkit is now available to view and download.



Human Services



Quarterly Newsletter

NCSL's latest quarterly child welfare newsletter discusses approved prevention programs and services under Family First, 2019 legislation of note, related news from across the states, and more.


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Social and Emotional Development in Early Learning Settings

State legislatures often consider policies and resources to support school readiness. Increasingly, legislation to enhance social and emotional well-being in early learners is seen as a crucial component to promoting success in school.


Health and Human Services

One of eight NCSL standing committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff, this committee covers state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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Human Services Legislation

The human services area has the following databases available: Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database, Child Welfare 2017 Legislative Enactments Database and Early Care and Education Legislation Database.