Human Services


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Legislative Strategies to Address Benefits Cliffs

Benefits cliffs can be complex, but there are a variety of ways policymakers can mitigate them. Learn more about how state policymakers can and are addressing benefits cliffs.


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Children, Youth and Families Policy: Legislative Trends & 'A Look Ahead' 

Join NCSL’s Children and Families Program for a preview of hot topics many legislatures are likely to confront in 2023. Presenters will cover child welfare; child support and family law; early childhood; and food, housing and economic security. Be among the first to tap into new resources on significant state legislation enacted in 2022.



Human Services


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Policy Solutions Addressing Early Childhood Mental Health

In the second of a two-part series, NCSL dives deeper into promising policy solutions to address mental health and challenging behavior in young children. Learn how states are rethinking suspensions and expulsions during the early years. Explore integrated systems, supports and funding to address early childhood mental health for children, families and early educators.


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The Affordable Housing Blues: What's a State to Do?

A nationwide affordable housing crisis has been a top concern for lawmakers at all levels of government. This synthesis of a recent panel discussion explores availability, affordability and the impact of supply costs and workforce shortages.


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A Conversation with NCSL Policy Fellows

Catch up with NCSL’s 2022 Child Welfare, Early Childhood and Youth Homelessness fellows as they talk about how working across policy silos can achieve child, youth and family well-being.


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State Legislation & Bill Tracking

Want to know what legislation your state or other states have introduced or enacted? NCSL maintains legislative-tracking databases in the following human services areas: child support and family law, child welfareearly childhood, economic mobility and housing and homelessness. To research state legislation on other topics, visit NCSL’s directory of legislative databases


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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