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The Social Services Block Grant
Dear Member of Congress:
Representing a diverse coalition of groups serving vulnerable populations, the undersigned organizations support continued funding of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). We have strongly opposed previous attempts to cut SSBG and will oppose any efforts to do so in 2017.
SSBG is a major funder for state and local child abuse prevention services, child protective services (CPS) and it supplements services for adoptions and for services to infants, children and youth in foster care. In some states, it is a significant source of local funding for adult protective services.
Congress cut SSBG funding when TANF was enacted into law and when funding was needed for a 1998 transportation bill, with the assumption that at some point it would return to its former level of $2.8 billion. SSBG was never restored. We are concerned that some members may again propose to use SSBG for deficit reduction or to fund specific human services programs. SSBG funding has already been used to cut the deficit and rather than using the funds for specific needs identified at the federal level, the strength of the current program lies in its flexibility to allow state and local governments to determine how best to use the funds to meet local needs.
The champions of SSBG have included the leadership from both parties. In past congresses SSBG has had bipartisan support on both the House Ways and Means committee and the Senate Finance Committee. We hope this will be true again.
SSBG is a vital and flexible funding source helping children, older adults and people with disabilities in a range of ways. The outcome results for SSBG are clear, in 34 states more caseworkers are available to investigate reports of child abuse and because of SSBG 36 states can provide services for victims of domestic violence and victims of elder abuse. It supports services for those adults in jeopardy of entering a nursing home or institution and helps to fill the numerous state and local budget gaps in areas as diverse as senior services, mental health services, and services to people with disabilities. SSBG supports children in need of child care, children and youth who have been abused and neglected, foster youth in need of transitional services, and a range of low income individuals and families. Cutting or further targeting SSBG will inevitably harm vulnerable populations.
The undersigned organizations urge you to protect SSBG. Sincerely,
The ARCAlliance for Strong Families and CommunitiesAlliance of Children's Trust and Prevention FundsAmerican Academy of PediatricsAmerican Association on Health and DisabilityAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal EmployeesAmerican Professional Society on the Abuse of ChildrenAmerican Psychological AssociationAmericans for Democratic ActionAssociation of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical AssistanceAssociation for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare Association of University Centers on Disability Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum InstituteCenter for the Study of Social PolicyChildren and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)Children’s Advocacy InstituteChildren’s Defense FundChildren’s Home SocietyChildren’s Leadership CouncilChild Welfare League of AmericaCenter for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)Coalition on Human NeedsDonaldson Adoption InstituteEaster SealsElder Justice CoalitionEvery Child MattersFirst Focus Campaign for Children Foster Care to SuccessFoster Family-based Treatment AssociationFutures Without ViolenceGenerations UnitedHealthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.Healthy Teen NetworkHumanity Preservation FoundationJewish Council for Public AffairsJewish Federations of North AmericaJohn Burton FoundationThe Kempe FoundationLeadingAgeLutheran Services in AmericaMeals on Wheels AmericaMedicare Rights CenterNational Adult Day Services AssociationNational Adult Protective Services AssociationNational African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention FundsNational Alliance To Advance Adolescent HealthNational Association of Area Agencies on AgingNational Association for Children's Behavioral HealthNational Association of Counsel for ChildrenNational Association of County Human Services AdministratorsNational Association of CountiesNational Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP)National Association of Social WorkersNational Association of State Mental Health Program DirectorsNational Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)National Center on Adoption and PermanencyNational Child Abuse CoalitionNational Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term CareNational Council on AgingNational Crittenton FoundationNational Foster Parent AssociationNational Health Care for the Homeless CouncilNational Organization of State Associations for Children National Respite CoalitionNational WIC AssociationNational Women’s Law CenterNetwork, A National Catholic Social Justice LobbyNorth American Council on Adoptable ChildrenPrevent Child Abuse AmericaRay E Helfer SocietyStanding Up for Rural AmericaVoice for AdoptionWoman’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)Zero To ThreeZeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
AlabamaSuccessful Living Center, Alzheimer's Adult Day Care
AlaskaAlaska Behavioral Health AssociationAlaska Children’s Trust
ArizonaLutheran Social Services of the SouthwestOur Family ServicesSEAGO/Area Agency on Aging Region VI
ArkansasJacksonville Senior Wellness & Activity Center, Inc.
CaliforniaAlliance for Children's RightsAngelus PlazaCalaveras County Health and Human Services AgencyCalifornia Association of Food BanksCalifornia Family Resource CenterCalifornia Foster Families, Inc.Ceres Community ProjectChild Abuse Prevention CenterChild Abuse Prevention Council of SacramentoChildren’s Defense Fund--CaliforniaChildren’s PartnershipCounty Welfare Directors Association of CaliforniaElderHelp, CAFirst Place For Youth Food For ThoughtFoster Care CountsFosterEd: Santa Cruz CountyFred Finch Youth CenterHome Start, Inc.IVROP Project ACEJewish Family Service of Los AngelesLake County Office of EducationLeadingAge CaliforniaMeals on Wheels CaliforniaMeals on Wheels San Diego CountyMeals on Wheels Yolo CountyMonterey County Department of Social Services Orange County Social ServicesPrevent Child Abuse CaliforniaSafe Kids CaliforniaSan Diego County Office of EducationSan Francisco AIDS FoundationSolano County Health & Social ServicesSOS Meals on WheelsWhistlestop's Meals on Wheels
ColoradoThe Adoption ExchangeArapahoe County Board of CommissionersBoulder County Board of CommissionersCity and County of Denver Department of Human ServicesColorado Counties, Inc.Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments/Area Agency on AgingSharing the Care Campaign of Northern Colorado
ConnecticutConnecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families, Inc.Connecticut Association for Human Services
FloridaAthens Community Council on AgingChildren's Home Society of FloridaFayette Senior Services, Inc.Meals on Wheels South FloridaMonroe County Social ServicesPalm Beach County Human ServicesThe Poverello Center, Inc.We CAN Do It!West Palm Beach Housing Authority
GeorgiaAthens Community Council on AgingFayette Senior Services, Inc.Georgia Alliance to End HomelessnessGeorgia Alliance to End HomelessnessSenior Citizens Inc.
HawaiiPrevent Child Abuse Hawaii
IllinoisAging Care Connections, IllinoisCJE Senior Life Home Delivered Meals and Kosher To GoGift of Hope, Grandparents and Others Raising America's ChildrenIllinois Collaborative for Youth
IndianaChildren First Center Health Families
IowaLutheran Services in IowaPolk County Health Services
KansasCentral Plains Area Agency on Aging East Central Kansas Area Agency on AgingJayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Inc.Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging & DisabilitiesKansas Children’s Service LeagueNorth Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Inc.Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging
KentuckyChildren's Alliance KentuckyKentucky Youth Advocates
LouisianaEducational and Treatment Council, Inc.Kingsley HouseReilly Center for Children and Families, Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
MaineCommunity Concepts IncFamilies and Children Together
MarylandAdoptions Together/FamilyWorks Together Advocates for Children and YouthMontgomery County Department of Health and Human ServicesPeterCares House
MassachusettsAssociation for Behavioral HealthcareChildren's League of MassachusettsCommunity ServingsElder Services of the Merrimack ValleyElder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.Massachusetts Home CareSeniorCare
MichiganArea Agency on Aging of Western MichiganArea Agencies on Aging Association of MichiganLiving Independence For EveryoneLutheran Social Services of MichiganMethodist Children's Home SocietyMichigan's ChildrenSenior Resources of West MichiganSpaulding for ChildrenTri-County Office on AgingUnited Methodist Community HouseValley Area Agency on Aging
MinnesotaAssociation of Minnesota CountiesKandiyohi County MinnesotaMinnesota Association of Area Agencies on AgingMinnesota Association of County Social Services AdministratorsMinnesota Council of Child Caring AgenciesOlmsted County Olmstead County Community ServicesPope County Human ServicesPrevent Child Abuse MinnesotaRamsey County Board of CommissionersSoutheastern Minnesota Area Agency on AgingWashington County Community Services Department, Stillwater
MissouriBonne Terre Senior Nutrition CenterL & C MinistriesMissouri Association of Area Agencies on AgingMissouri Kids FirstSenior Citizens Community Center
MontanaFergus County Council on AgingThe Parenting Place
NebraskaSoutheast District Health Department
New HampshireHome Healthcare Hospice and Community ServicesRockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels ProgramSt. Joseph Community Services, Inc.
New JerseyCommunity Access UnlimitedJewish Community Center of Central New JerseyMeals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc.New Jersey Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NJ4A)Prevent Child Abuse New JerseyUnion County Advisory Council on Aging
New MexicoAll FaithsLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationNew Mexico Voices for Children
New YorkAdoption Center of Upstate New YorkAdoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New YorkBehavioral Health Services North, IncLiveOn NYMeals on Wheels of Chemung County, Inc.Meals on Wheels of Syracuse
North CarolinaAlamance County Department of Social ServicesAnson County Department of Social ServicesBurke County North Carolina Department of Social ServicesCabarrus Meals on Wheels, IncCatawba County Social ServicesCentralina Area Agency on AgingChildren & Family Resource Center, Inc.Currituck County Department of Social ServicesDare County Department of Health and Human Services—Social Services DivisionEdgecombe County Board of CommissionersGraham County Department of Social ServicesHalifax County Department of Social ServicesJones County Department of Social ServicesLincoln County Department of Social ServicesMartin County Department of Social ServicesMeals on Wheels DurhamMeals on Wheels North CarolinaPitt County Council on AgingPitt County Department of Social ServicesPrevent Child Abuse North CarolinaRichmond County Aging ServicesThe Jackson County North Carolina Board of Social ServicesThe North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social ServicesTyrrell County DSSWatauga County Department of Social ServicesWilson County NC Board of Social Services
North DakotaPATH, Inc.PATH North Dakota, Inc.
OhioAshtabula County Department of Job and Family ServicesConsortium Against Adult Abuse(C3A) 5-County OrganizationDirection Home Akron CantonGuernsey County Meals on WheelsGuernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc.Hancock County Job and Family ServicesHardin County DJFS/PCSAJackson County Department of Job and Family ServicesJob & Family Services - Marion CountyLorain County Children ServicesLorain County Department of Job and Family ServicesMadison County Department of Job and Family ServicesMeals on Wheels of Fairfield CountyNational Association of Social Workers, Ohio ChapterNeighborhood AllianceOhio Area Agency on Aging, Region 3Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Region 9Ohio Association of Area Agencies on AgingOhio Association of Child Caring AgenciesOhio Association of Senior Centers-OASCOhio Coalition for Adult Protective ServicesOhio Job and Family Services Directors AssociationPolicy Matters OhioPublic Children Services Association of OhioScioto County Department of Job and Family ServicesSeneca County Department of Job and Family ServicesSourcePoint
OklahomaAreawide Aging Agency, Inc.Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma
OregonOregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities- O4ADOregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC)/Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE)
PennsylvaniaCenter in the ParkMANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)Meals on Wheels of Lehigh CountyMontco SAACPennsylvania Association of County Human Services AdministratorsPhiladelphia Senior Center
Rhode IslandFoster ForwardPrevent Child Abuse Rhode Island
South CarolinaCalhoun County Council on AgingDillon County Council for the AgingHampton County Council on AgingSenior Resources, Inc.Union County Council on AgingYork County Council on Aging
TennesseeGoodwill Homes Community Services, Inc.Meritan, Inc.Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
TexasAmigos Del Valle, Inc.Christian Senior ServicesInterfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, TexasLena PopeMeals on Wheels Association of TexasMeals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis CountiesMeals on Wheels Plus, Inc.Meals on Wheels TexomaMeals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant Co.Nutrition and Services for SeniorsOrange Community Action AssociationSenior ConnectTexas Foster Family AssociationTri-County Senior Nutrition Project, Inc. DBA Meals on Wheels Texoma
UtahChildren's Services SocietyCrossroads Urban Center, Salt Lake City
VermontVermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging
VirginiaFeedMoreLeadingAge VirginiaValley Program for Aging Services
WashingtonMany Lights FoundationSenior Services for South SoundWashington Association of Area Agencies on AgingWashington State Council on Aging
West VirginiaAppalachian Area Agency on Aging
WisconsinWaupaca CountyWisconsin Association of Family and Children's AgenciesWisconsin Child Care Administrators Association, (WCCAA)Winnebago County Human Services Department
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