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: http://www.collab4youth.org/Policy/Default.aspx.