Human Services

The States Offering to Help Resettle Afghan Refugees

Governors in both parties say their states are ready to assist displaced people who helped the U.S. and are fleeing the Taliban.

The Best and Worst States for Child Well-Being

Massachusetts took the top spot in the KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, while Mississippi ranked 50th.

One-Fourth of Low-Income Immigrant Households Avoided Public Benefits in 2020

Despite financial hardships brought on by the pandemic, some households did not seek benefits because of concerns due in part to the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule.

Report: 1 out of 6 Americans Stay in Jobs They Hate to Keep Their Health Insurance

Black employees and people making less than $48,000 per year were more likely to not quit to ensure continued access to health benefits, according to a West Health-Gallup survey.

Welcome to the New Progressive Era

COMMENTARY | Progressives thought they knew what a Biden presidency would look like. How did they get him so wrong?

What Lies Ahead for State Health and Human Services Programs

COMMENTARY | States and counties will face complex health and human services challenges over the next year.

How Social Work is Changing in the Covid Era

COMMENTARY | The pandemic has forced the entire social work industry to rapidly evolve and adapt to a virtual environment.

Supreme Court to Hear Dispute Over Same-Sex Foster Parents

Catholic Social Services is fighting Philadelphia’s decision to stop working with the foster agency because it will not place children with same-sex couples.

From Worcester to Anaheim, Cities Embrace the Role of Poet Laureate

Cities of all sizes are appointing poets laureate, a typically volunteer position tasked with promoting culture, art and the written word within a community.

For Public Health Agencies, Hiring in Competitive Field is Particularly Challenging

Hiring managers say competition with the private sector and other factors make it difficult to recruit and retain staff. A new Center for State and Local Government Excellence report details ways that local governments have succeeded despite these challenges.

There Could Be Millions More Americans Living in Poverty Than Officially Reported

New research suggests poverty statistics do not fully account for how price inflation differs for the rich and poor.

Welfare Money Is Paying for a Lot of Things Besides Welfare

COMMENTARY | Instead of giving cash assistance to poor families, states are widening the racial divide.

State Lowers Degree Requirements for Child Welfare Case Workers

The move in Oregon comes amid concerns about workforce diversity and recruiting and retaining employees.

Where ‘Returning Citizens’ Find Housing After Prison

There is a housing crisis among the formerly incarcerated, particularly among those recently released from prison.

Measuring Results of Early Childhood Spending

Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”

Should the Government Guarantee Everyone a Job?

An old idea for preventing poverty and fighting recessions is gaining traction once again.

Robocalls Jam MNsure Call Center; Alabama Gov.: ‘Our Education System Sucks!’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Demolition begins on plutonium facility; more layoffs in Maine’s paper industry; Washington county tracks down unlicensed pet owners.