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  • Individual Author: Applied Behavioral Health Policy, The University of Arizona
    Reference Type: Report, Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2005

    Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (AFF) was established by Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 8-881 (Senate Bill 1280, passed in the 2000 legislative session), and is administered jointly by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), with DES designated as the lead agency. The legislation established a statewide program for substance-abusing families entering the child welfare system as well as those families receiving cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The legislation recognized that substance abuse is a major problem contributing to child abuse and neglect, and is also a significant barrier for those attempting to re-enter the job market or maintain employment.

    In the spring of 2001, nine AFF providers received contracts through ADES to implement a community substance abuse prevention and treatment program under Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Contract providers across the State of Arizona were funded so that all counties would be covered by AFF services. The agencies funded included:...

    Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (AFF) was established by Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 8-881 (Senate Bill 1280, passed in the 2000 legislative session), and is administered jointly by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), with DES designated as the lead agency. The legislation established a statewide program for substance-abusing families entering the child welfare system as well as those families receiving cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The legislation recognized that substance abuse is a major problem contributing to child abuse and neglect, and is also a significant barrier for those attempting to re-enter the job market or maintain employment.

    In the spring of 2001, nine AFF providers received contracts through ADES to implement a community substance abuse prevention and treatment program under Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Contract providers across the State of Arizona were funded so that all counties would be covered by AFF services. The agencies funded included: Arizona Partnership for Children-Coconino, Arizona Partnership for Children-Yavapai, and Arizona Partnership for Children-Yuma; Community Partnership of Southern Arizona; Horizon Human Services; Old Concho Community Assistance Center; Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services; TERROS; and WestCare Arizona.

    Over the past three years of program operations, AFF provider agencies worked to: develop a referral process; screen, access, and treat clients with the required AFF timeframes; develop collaborative partnerships with subcontractors and other community agencies; and coordinate treatment services with Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) providers when the AFF client was found to be eligible for Medicaid-Title XIX funded services. Provider agencies also have worked to promote a more family-centered service delivery system, and to engage and retain clients in treatment. AFF providers and RBHA providers coordinate efforts to serve eligible clients in a manner that maximizes resources and Title XIX/XXI funds. Through the Partnership each eligible person would be afforded access to a comprehensive array of Title XIX behavioral health services that will assist, support, and encourage that person to achieve and maintain health and self-sufficiency. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2009

    Capitalizing on lessons learned from behavioral economics, the $aveNYC Account limits choices, encourages individuals to save by facilitating a separate account for savings, and simplifies the process of committing to save, while creating certain obstacles and disincentives for withdrawing funds. The $aveNYC Account program offers New Yorkers with lower incomes a 50 percent match if they direct deposit part of their tax refund into a branded “$aveNYC Account” and maintain the initial deposit for at least one year.1 This one-time decision to forego a portion of their refund, combined with limited access to the account and a generous match, precipitates short-term savings with the intention of moving individuals on a pathway toward longer-term savings and greater financial stability. The $aveNYC Account pilot program enables OFE to test the following research questions:

    1. Do families with very low incomes save if presented with the right incentives and opportunities?

    2. Can an incentivized savings program be implemented at a large scale?

    3. Can short-term, non...

    Capitalizing on lessons learned from behavioral economics, the $aveNYC Account limits choices, encourages individuals to save by facilitating a separate account for savings, and simplifies the process of committing to save, while creating certain obstacles and disincentives for withdrawing funds. The $aveNYC Account program offers New Yorkers with lower incomes a 50 percent match if they direct deposit part of their tax refund into a branded “$aveNYC Account” and maintain the initial deposit for at least one year.1 This one-time decision to forego a portion of their refund, combined with limited access to the account and a generous match, precipitates short-term savings with the intention of moving individuals on a pathway toward longer-term savings and greater financial stability. The $aveNYC Account pilot program enables OFE to test the following research questions:

    1. Do families with very low incomes save if presented with the right incentives and opportunities?

    2. Can an incentivized savings program be implemented at a large scale?

    3. Can short-term, non-goal directed savings improve financial stability?

    This research brief focuses primarily on OFE’s first research question, and presents findings from the first year of program implementation. Early findings do indeed show that those with lower incomes can and do save when presented with the right incentives and opportunities. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: March, Elizabeth L.; Ettinger de Cuba, Stephanie; Bailey, Kathryn; Cook, John; Coleman, Sharon; Schiffmiller, Ashley; Frank, Deborah A.
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2011

    Children’s HealthWatch research shows that the SNAP benefit increase instituted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act protected young children’s health.  In the two years after the benefit increase, children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well children’ than young children whose families were eligible for but did not receive SNAP.  Sustaining the April 2009 benefit increase will promote the health and well-being of America’s youngest and most vulnerable children.(author abstract)

    Children’s HealthWatch research shows that the SNAP benefit increase instituted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act protected young children’s health.  In the two years after the benefit increase, children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well children’ than young children whose families were eligible for but did not receive SNAP.  Sustaining the April 2009 benefit increase will promote the health and well-being of America’s youngest and most vulnerable children.(author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Ku, Leighton; Ferguson, Christine
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2011

    This report briefly reviews the evidence about the effectiveness of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in addressing the health and financial needs of vulnerable Americans, including children and other vulnerable populations, including low-income parents, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. The importance of Medicaid and CHIP to low-income children and adults is well understood; less evident is the extent to which Medicaid and CHIP protect populations with serious health problems. Children covered by Medicaid or CHIP are more likely than their privately-insured counterparts to be in poorer health status and to have serious health conditions, as are publicly-insured adults. Almost all elderly Americans are covered by Medicare, but low-income seniors who are also enrolled in Medicaid (sometimes called dual eligibles) tend to have substantially worse health than those with Medicare alone or with private coverage. The benefit structure of Medicaid is particularly designed to help address the serious health needs and low incomes of its...

    This report briefly reviews the evidence about the effectiveness of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in addressing the health and financial needs of vulnerable Americans, including children and other vulnerable populations, including low-income parents, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. The importance of Medicaid and CHIP to low-income children and adults is well understood; less evident is the extent to which Medicaid and CHIP protect populations with serious health problems. Children covered by Medicaid or CHIP are more likely than their privately-insured counterparts to be in poorer health status and to have serious health conditions, as are publicly-insured adults. Almost all elderly Americans are covered by Medicare, but low-income seniors who are also enrolled in Medicaid (sometimes called dual eligibles) tend to have substantially worse health than those with Medicare alone or with private coverage. The benefit structure of Medicaid is particularly designed to help address the serious health needs and low incomes of its beneficiaries. Children covered by Medicaid have comprehensive services under its Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment policies.(author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Aspen Institute; Georgetown University
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2014

    There is no greater challenge in the United States today than income inequality. It has been 50 years since the War on Poverty began. We have made progress but not enough. More than 32 million children live in low-income families, and racial and gender gaps persist. For the first time, Americans do not believe life will be better for the next generation. We have both a moral and an economic imperative to fuel social and economic mobility in this country.

    The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S. recognizes the importance of learning from all sectors in tackling any challenge. Specifically, it builds on opportunities in the growing impact investment field. The report draws on the lessons from market-based approaches to identify tools and strategies that can help move the needle on family economic security. (publisher abstract)

    There is no greater challenge in the United States today than income inequality. It has been 50 years since the War on Poverty began. We have made progress but not enough. More than 32 million children live in low-income families, and racial and gender gaps persist. For the first time, Americans do not believe life will be better for the next generation. We have both a moral and an economic imperative to fuel social and economic mobility in this country.

    The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S. recognizes the importance of learning from all sectors in tackling any challenge. Specifically, it builds on opportunities in the growing impact investment field. The report draws on the lessons from market-based approaches to identify tools and strategies that can help move the needle on family economic security. (publisher abstract)

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