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NAPIPM approves assessment to increase policy impact.

The National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement, one of APHSA's oldest and most active affiliates, has provided dynamic policy and practice leadership on a variety of critical state human service issues including quality control, audits, Improper Payments Information Act issues, data collection and reporting, and other program performance and oversight responsibilities.

APHSA's program affiliates have for a number of years provided an individual state annual assessment payment that helps ensure that APHSA can continue to devote policy staff resources to each critical program area. As a result and following this model, the NAPIPM Board has approved a modest individual annual state assessment of $1,250.

The NAPIPM board believes that although the amount per state is small, the overall impact for APHSA's budget will be substantial in this time of tight finances for all of us. The assessment was also approved because with recent policy changes and initiatives at the federal level, APHSA's support of NAPIPM's priorities has now increased to an unprecedented level.

The year 2009 has seen an extremely active legislative record. Beginning with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February, Congress has focused on a number of critical health and human service issues and is debating major health care reform. Next year will clearly be just as active with the scheduled reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act. It is critical that APHSA continue to weigh in on these and other issues that Congress will be examining.

APHSA also provides excellent staff support to NAPIPM by acting as a liaison between NAPIPM and other affiliates; participating in monthly board calls; and helping to prepare and coordinate the annual conference.

NAPIPM National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association

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Title Annotation:affiliates' corner; National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement
Publication:Policy & Practice
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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