Human Services


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Food Insecurity to Rise as Public Health Emergency Ends

As the end of the pandemic public health emergency approaches, states have an opportunity to strengthen food security for families through legislation.


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State Legislatures News | Born in a Pandemic 

In the second of a two-part series, NCSL experts explore state action to support food and economic security, access to child care, and general well-being for parents whose children were born during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Human Services


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Child Support and Incarceration

A look at the intersection of child support and incarceration, including being incarcerated for failure to pay child support and how child support orders are handled while someone is incarcerated.


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Early Childhood: What’s Governance Got to Do with It?

Lawmakers across the country are considering legislative action related to the oversight and structure of early childhood programs. Explore how some states have created a more coordinated approach of programs and services for young children and their families.


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NCSL Welcomes  Fellows

For the first time, NCSL’s Early Childhood Fellows, Child Welfare Fellows and Youth Homelessness Fellows will meet together. Approximately 70 legislators and legislative staff will convene June 27-29 in Seattle to kick-off cohort-based policy fellowships that recognize the overlapping aspects of the three policy areas.


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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 care and education, 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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