Talk of the Hill: Supporting Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable with a Comprehensive, Collaborative Approach

Yesterday, the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) hosted a briefing to discuss the implications of their recently released 2013 Legislative Agenda, entitled Investing in Our Future: An Essential Agenda for America’s Communities. NHSA’s key recommendations to Congress include:

  • Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act    (ESEA)
  • Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act
  • Sustained Federal Funding for Developmental Disabilities Act Programs
  • Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act

Policy experts representing human services organizations serving four vulnerable populations-children & youth, older adults, people with disabilities and families-emphasized the collective benefits of Federal investment in these areas and spoke in fervent support of NHSA’s Legislative priorities. Throughout the discussion, panelists highlighted the comprehensive, cross-sector and cross-generational approach necessary to providing an effective system of support across the spectrum of human services.

Irv Katz, President and CEO of NHSA, led a panel of four policy experts, including, Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Executive VP of External Affairs, Volunteers of America; Kelly Gilbert, Director of Government Relations, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America; Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind; Tony Samiento, Executive Director, Senior Service America. For an overview of NHSA’s policy priorities, visit:

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