Human Services


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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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Family First State Plans and Enacted Legislation 

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act was enacted in 2018 to overhaul child welfare systems. Check out NCSL’s new interactive compilation of state legislation and Title IV-E prevention plans. 



Human Services


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States Step in as End of Free School Meal Waivers Looms

Amid increasing food prices, free school meal waivers are expected to end Sept. 30. Some state legislatures have increased students’ access to nutritious meals by expanding free school meal programs, prohibiting penalties for outstanding school lunch debt and establishing farm-to-school programs. 


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Paris Hilton Lends Voice to Support Kids in Foster Facilities

Legislators are crossing party lines to protect children and youth in institutional foster care settings. Alongside national advocates, Sixto Cancel and Paris Hilton, Sen. Gelser-Blouin (D-OR) and Sen. McKell (R-UT), are leading reform efforts in their states and pushing for federal minimum standards.


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NCSL Briefing on State and Federal Housing Policy Available for Viewing

NCSL convened a briefing with Capitol Hill staffers, NCSL members and State Housing Finance Agencies to discuss the lack of affordable housing, housing instability, utility debt and mortgage delinquency. Watch the recording for an overview of state housing policy legislation and to learn about the federal LIFELINE Act.


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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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