APA ADVOCATES FOR POLICIES THAT BENEFIT CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES

An update from the APA Public Interest Government Relations Office.

2018 has been an interesting and challenging year in the U.S. Congress for federal policies impacting children, youth and families. On a positive note, the share of spending for children did increase slightly from 7.97 percent in FY 2017 to 8.06 percent in FY 2018. Unfortunately, federal investments in children could take a turn for the worst as the budget caps are set to fall by $55 billion in FY 2020. Accordingly, APA will continue to advocate for Congress to develop a budget that raises the caps with parity between defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending to communicate a clear commitment to federal spending decisions that value our nation’s children.

Congress was also able to make encouraging strides in its response to the opioid epidemic and its impacts on children, youth and families. APA worked with key stakeholders in congress to help pass bipartisan opioid legislation which the President signed into law on Oct. 24. Included in the law, are provisions that address trauma by authorizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support state efforts to collect data on adverse childhood experiences in addition to creating a new grant program to increase student access to evidence-based trauma support services. Continue reading.

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