Tribal Consultation Policy
This document contains the final Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Tribal Consultation Policy outlining the policy to engage in meaningful consultation with federally recognized tribes and the procedures and processes to be followed by tribes and the ACF bureaus and offices when the need for consultation is requested or required.
Announcement of a Single Source Grant Award to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau (CB) announces the award of a single source program expansion supplement grant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, West Hollywood, CA, for the National Resource Center (NRC) for Tribes. The program expansion supplement funds will be used to provide technical assistance and support for the planning, development and implementation of the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The NRC for Tribes will provide technical assistance to ACF Tribal Home Visiting grantees to enhance their capacity to plan for and implement high-quality, evidence-based, and evidence-informed programs. Implementation of the NRC4Tribes work will include engaging, assessing, informing and supporting culturally-appropriate Tribal home visiting services that are part of coordinated early childhood systems in the American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) communities and that support quality and effectiveness of services for AIAN children, youth, and families, which leads to increased safety, permanency, and well-being for children. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute NRC for Tribes and its partner agencies are uniquely qualified to provide training and technical assistance to Tribes based upon their experience, expertise, and commitment to increasing cultural competency and sensitivity to the Tribal point of view in training and technical assistance. The NRC for Tribes expertise in Tribal culture, child maltreatment prevention, collaboration, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices makes them an appropriate recipient of supplemental funds to carry out this project. Amount of Award: $150,000. Project Period: May 15, 2011 to September 30, 2011.
Tribal Consultation Meetings
Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of one-day Tribal Consultation Sessions to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start leadership and the leadership of Tribal Governments operating Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of these Consultation Sessions is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations [42 U.S.C. 9835, Section 640(l)(4)].
Award of Replacement Grant for Preventive Health to Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Fargo, ND
In Fiscal Year 2006, in an effort to assist States and local health departments to ensure that newly arriving refugees have access to preventive health screenings, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Division of Refugee Assistance (DRA) awarded, through competition, a Refugee Preventive Health grant to the North Dakota Department of Human Services for a project period of July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2011. The North Dakota Department of Human Services has relinquished the grant. ORR announces the award of a single-source replacement grant to Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota of Fargo, ND, a non-profit organization engaged in the resettlement of refugees, to continue services under the Refugee Preventive Health grant. Services provided under the grant to Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota are within the scope and operation of the original award, and address the preventive health needs of refugees in their first year in the United States. The program includes initial health screening, treatment of immediate health needs, follow up on chronic illnesses, nursing case management, interpretation services and preventive health education. The project period for the award is July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.
Announcement of Five Single Source Grant Awards
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Care (OCC) announces the award of five Fiscal Year 2011 Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting single source grants to the following: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: $205,000. Cherokee, NC. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will provide home visiting services to children under the age of 5 and their families on the Qualla Boundary. Native American Health Center, Inc.: $227,000. Oakland, CA. Native American Health Center, Inc. is an urban Tribal organization that will provide home visiting services to the American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) population in a five-county region in Northern California, which includes Oakland and San Francisco. Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.: $348,000. Banning, CA. Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. is a tribally controlled health care organization that will provide home visiting services to approximately 2,000 families on 10 tribal reservations in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Taos Pueblo: $340,000. Taos, NM. At the Taos Pueblo, there are currently no services for infants under the age of 18 months and their parents. The award will allow the Taos Pueblo to provide home visiting services for up to 300 families in order to complete the continuum of services for children, aged birth to age 5, and their families. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: $182,000. Seattle, WA. This is an urban Indian organization that will provide home visiting services to the AIAN population in King County, WA, which represents more than 100 different Tribal entities. The Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting single source awards will support the grantees in conducting community needs assessments; planning for and implementation of high-quality, culturally relevant, evidence-based home visiting programs in at-risk Tribal communities for pregnant women and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten entry; and participate in research and evaluation activities to build the knowledge base on home visiting among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. It is expected that the five grantees will continue with their projects for the remainder of a projected five-year project period by implementing home visiting activities for which grantees may receive noncompetitive continuation awards. Home visiting programs are intended to promote outcomes such as improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; reduced child maltreatment; improved parenting practices related to child development outcomes; improved school readiness; improved family socio-economic status; improved coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reduced incidence of injuries, crime, and domestic violence. Dates: July 1, 2011-June 30, 2016.
Announcement of Expansion Supplement Grant Awards
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA), announces the award of ten expansion supplement awards to Native American Tribes that are currently combating the epidemic of health issues in Native America. Expansion supplement funds will support activities associated with the First Lady's initiative, Let's Move! in Indian Country. Under the program, grantee Tribes have set forth goals and milestones that will benefit Native youth, children, and families. The following projects will be supported by the expansion supplement awards: Native Village of Afognak, Kodiak, AK ($20,000). The project will include Let's Move! activities as part of their summer youth camps. Pueblo of Tesuque, Santa Fe, NM ($20,025). The project will include Let's Move! activities in its existing project of building a comprehensive prevention and early intervention program that is focused on building community member awareness of, and ability to, confront challenges. Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., Banning, CA ($20,000). The project will include healthy living and healthy lifestyles of the Let's Move! initiative in its already existing project that focuses on providing pre-marital, dating violence and communication education. The project also provides pre-marital education to pregnant and parenting adolescents. Yerington Paiute Tribe, Yerington, NV ($19,034). This project will include Let's Move! activities that support the development of a family/community wellness support system. The system provides prevention, intervention, referral and follow-up services to community members. Cornerstone Ministries, Inc., Crownpoint, NM ($20,001). This project will implement Let's Move! activities in its project to increase the awareness and value of healthy families and will include activities in its training of youth workers to conduct relationship education. Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Wyandotte, OK ($17,490). This project will include Let's Move! activities in its project to encourage healthy eating and exercise to reduce the rate of diabetes among elderly tribal members. Leech Lake, Cass Lake, MN ($19,999). This project will include Let's Move! activities in its project to increase relevant academic and cultural content for an intensive in-service for teachers. Chickaloon Native Village, Chickaloon, AK ($16,948). This project will include Let's Move! activities in its project that encourages tribal governance and land stewardship of Chickaloon traditional lands by designing and implementing a trails and recreation planning, management, and ecotourism plan. White Earth Band of Chippewa, White Earth, MN ($19,940). This project will include Let's Move! activities in its project to improve child well-being and social stability by providing family support services to disadvantaged parents and their children. The American Indian Child Resource Center, Oakland, CA ($20,000). This project will include Let's Move! activities in its project to providing life skills training that fosters and promotes decision making, critical thinking, and independent living skills among young Native Americans living in urban environments.
Announcement of Grant Award
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Community Demonstration Programs announces the award of an Assets for Independence (AFI) demonstration grant to the United Way of Abilene, Inc. of Abilene, TX in the amount of $126,974. The purpose of this award is to enable the United Way of Abilene, Inc. to implement an Assets for Independence (AFI) project helping program participants save earned income in special-purpose, matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Every dollar in savings deposited into an IDA by participants is matched, from $1 to $8 combined Federal and non-Federal funds, promoting savings and enabling participants to acquire a lasting economic asset. AFI project families use their IDA savings, including the matching funds, to achieve any of three objectives: Acquiring a first home; capitalizing a small business; or enrolling in postsecondary education or training. Additionally, the United Way of Abilene, Inc. provides basic financial management training and supportive services, such as financial education on owning and managing a bank account; credit counseling and repair; guidance in accessing refundable tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit; and specialized training in owning particular economic assets for the long term.
Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of ACF. The meeting will be open to the public. Name of Committee: Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation. General Function of Committee: The Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation will provide feedback on the published final report for the Head Start Impact Study, offering interpretations of the findings, discussing implications for practice and policy, and providing recommendations on follow-up research, including additional analysis of the Head Start Impact Study data. The Committee will also be asked to provide recommendations to the Secretary regarding how to improve Head Start and other early childhood programs by enhancing the use of research-informed practices in early childhood. Finally, the Committee will be asked to provide recommendations on the overall Head Start research agenda, includingbut not limited tohow the Head Start Impact Study fits within this agenda. The Committee will provide advice regarding future research efforts to inform HHS about how to guide the development and implementation of best practices in Head Start and other early childhood programs around the country.
Notice of Meeting; Administration for Native Americans
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will host a tribal consultation to solicit input on the agency's programs.
Estimated Federal Allotments to State Developmental Disabilities Councils and Protection and Advocacy Systems Formula Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012
This notice sets forth estimated FY 2012 individual allotments and estimated percentages of the total allotments to States administering the State Developmental Disabilities Councils and Protection and Advocacy Systems programs, pursuant to section 122 and section 142 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the Act) [Pub. L. 106-402, October 30, 2000]. The estimated allotment amounts are based on the FY 2012 President's Budget request and are contingent on Congressional appropriations for FY 2012. Once Congress enacts an appropriation for FY 2012 and after ADD updates the data elements listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below, the estimated allotments will be adjusted accordingly. The estimated allotments contained herein will be adjusted for FY2012. The final State allotments will be available on the ADD homepage after a final 2012 Continuing Resolution or HHS appropriations bill is passed by Congress.