Through the lens of shared values, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network acts collectively to advance its 2017-2019 federal public policy agenda. Submit stories below for use in our collective advocacy work. Members of Congress routinely tell us that they greatly app appreciate hearing impact stories from their constituents. Through leadership and partnership, we work to:
Bolster People and Communities Through Federal Fiscal Policy
Fiscal policy set forth by the administration and Congress outlines federal funding for both entitlement and discretionary programs that are critical to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Alliance urges federal lawmakers to make federal funding decisions and tax policies that protect and enhance rather than erode support for families and communities.
Submit your information below and follow the prompts to share a success story from a federally-funded program.
The Alliance is especially looking for success and impact stories around the Community Services Block Grant, 21st Century Learning Centers, Promise Zones, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.
Strengthen Child and Family Well-Being
The federal government can play a supportive role in strengthening child and family well-being by reinforcing safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. The Alliance supports policies that integrate prevention and early response strategies to proactively build child, family, and community strengths.
Tool: Provide input on the evidence-based practices included in the public clearinghouse of practices that will be supported by IV-E through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPS) of 2018.
The Alliance is collecting evidence-based practices for the Department of Health and Human Services’ public clearinghouse of practices that satisfy each category set forth in the law. The FFPSA newly allows federal IV-E financing to be spent on programs that meet criteria for promising, supported, or well-supported practices, as defined by the law. In addition, the FFPSA allows for the secretary to “waive the requirement for a well-designed and rigorous evaluation of any well-supported practice if the Secretary deems the evidence of the effectiveness of the practice to be compelling and the State meets the continuous quality improvement requirements…” Please respond by May 31, 2018.
Build Thriving Communities
Families need safe, livable, vibrant communities that offer the promise of security, economic opportunity, and upward mobility to reach their full potential. The Alliance supports federal policies that promote community-based supports that enhance the role of the community in meeting the needs of families.
Tool: Share a success story from a program that builds thriving communities
The Alliance is especially looking for success and impact stories around the Community Services Block Grant, 21st Century Learning Centers, and Promise Zones.
Support Access to Affordable, Preventive, Fully Integrated Health Care
A foundational support that every person and community needs to thrive is access to affordable, preventive, fully integrated physical, mental, and behavioral health care.
Tool: Provide case examples of the opioid impact.
The Alliance is looking for stories related to the impact the opioid epidemic has had on the populations served by your organization, and the systems your organization operates in. Share any promising strategies that address this issue.
Strengthen the Nonprofit Human Services Sector
Human services community-based organizations partner with the federal government and play a vital role in communities across the nation. The Alliance supports policies that strengthen the nonprofit sector’s ability to serve in nonpartisan and fiduciarily stable conditions.
Tool: Share a story on the impact, or anticipated impact, of the change in the federal tax code that is expected to reduce charitable giving.
Tool: Share an example of a federal regulation(s) that is outdated or otherwise need to be modernized.