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      HandsNet WebClipper Digest

      The WebClipper Digest is HandsNet's weekly overview of
      cross-cutting human services news from throughout the World
      Wide Web.

      For daily Headlines news, Alerts and Discussions, and to
      start your personal clipping service tailored to your needs,
      visit WebClipper at http://www.webclipper.org Free trial
      WebClipper memberships are available on our public site at
      http://www.handsnet.org

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      FEBRUARY 18, 2000

      ** Children, Youth & Families:

      COLOR OF JUSTICE - Youth of Color are 2.5 times more likely
      than white kids to be tried as adults and 8.3 times more
      likely to be Incarcerated by adult court finds a study from
      Justice Policy Institute, first in a series by the new
      "Building Blocks for Youth" Initiative.
      http://www.cjcj.org/colorofjustice/cojpr.html

      GIVING KIDS A CHANCE TO MAKE A BETTER CHOICE: A GUIDE FOR
      YOUTH ADVOCATES - Free, user-friendly guide provides child
      advocates with the tools to engage local communities in an
      exciting campaign mobilizing local and national support for
      the juvenile court's rehabilitative approach. Contact the
      Juvenile Court Centennial Initiative office at 202/637-0590,
      email: Secondchances@...
      http://www.cjcj.org/centennial/

      PRESIDENT'S FY2001 BUDGET - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CHILDREN? -
      Analysis from Children's Defense Fund examines proposals for
      Head Start, Child Care, Children and Families in Crisis,
      Youth Violence Prevention, Family Income, Child Support
      Enforcement and Children's Health; plus suggestions to Take
      Action.
      http://www.childrensdefense.org/budget/clintonbudget2001.html

      FIRST NATIONAL DATA ON KINDERGARTNERS - New national study
      shows that most children are well prepared to enter
      kindergarten, but poor children trail their classmates.
      Differences in children's reading, math, social skills and
      health related to poverty, parents' education and race and
      ethnicity are already present upon entering kindergarten.
      http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2000070

      ANTI-DRUG PARENTING TIP SITE EXPANDS LANGUAGES - To help
      Hispanic and Asian parents communicate more effectively with
      their kids about the consequences and dangers of illicit
      drugs, ONDCP's flagship parenting-focused drug prevention
      and education web site now features areas in Spanish,
      Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Cambodian.
      http://www.theantidrug.com

      MAY IS TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH - National Campaign
      to Prevent Teen Pregnancy provides suggestions and resources
      for state and community activities.
      http://www.teenpregnancy.org

      The National Campaign's publication, Get Organized: A Guide
      to Preventing Teen Pregnancy, is available at:
      http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/get-organized99/index.htm.

      MOVING THE AGENDA FOR WOMEN 2000 - California Women's Agenda
      and other sponsors host the Beijing+5 Pacific Region
      Preparatory Conference Feb 26 in San Francisco. To join
      grassroots organizations in setting priorities and
      strategies for a Women's Action Agenda contact the Women's
      Bureau: 415/975-4752 or toll free: 877/923-6509, email:
      win@.... http://www.win-cawa.org/events/

      OPENING A NEW WINDOW ON CHILD CARE: CRISIS AFFECTS FAMILIES
      AT MOST INCOME LEVELS - Low child care worker pay,
      affordability, lack of access, jeopardize quality care for
      millions of children, says a study from National Council of
      Jewish Women. NCJW is embarking on a multi-year campaign to
      develop solutions.
      http://www.ncjw.org/news/childcare/press2800.htm

      ** Community Development Block Grant:

      ANALYSIS OF ADMIN'S PROPOSED BUDGET FOR CDBG & SET-ASIDES -
      HUD's proposed "Community Development Block Grant" budget
      for FY2001 is $ 4.9 billion - but not all of that money
      actually would go for formula allocations. In recent years,
      about 12% of the announced amount for CDBG actually went to
      a variety of "set-asides", specific programs for which
      jurisdictions or nonprofits must apply. Some set-asides have
      been for activities related to the CDBG principle of
      improving communities principally for lower income people.
      However, in the last few years a growing amount of pork
      barrel projects have been larded in. As proposed by HUD,
      such pork products would be cut from the budget and only the
      more traditional set-asides would get funds, amounting to
      8.5 percent of the CDBG budget. For more information
      contact Ed Gramlich at Center for Community Change,
      gramliche@....A detailed chart showing the
      proposed set-asides and the amounts actually appropriated by
      Congress in previous years will be available on the CCC
      site: http://www.communitychange.org/alerts.

      ** Discussions:

      OPEN FORUM - New, enhanced Open Forum area includes
      discussions on options for at-risk youth/status offenders,
      economic equality, fighting abuses by the system and more.
      All WebClipper members are invited to join in on
      WebClipper's Discussions page, for more information email:
      cheryl@....
      http://www.webclipper.org/homepage1133/index.htm

      WORKING FAMILIES ROUNDTABLES - TANF & Time Limits: Agency
      Collaboration and Community Organizing and Pressure from All
      Sides: Leaving Support for Success? are next week's topics
      in the ongoing Roundtable Discussions funded by the Ford
      Foundation now in WebClipper's Discussions area.
      http://www.webclipper.org/homepage1133/index.htm

      ** Funding News:

      E-PHILANTHROPY, VOLUNTEERISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE-MAKING" A NEW
      LANDSCAPE OF RESOURCES, ISSUES & OPPORTUNITIES - The W.K.
      Kellogg Foundation reports on a series of meetings convened
      with leaders from online ventures, foundations and venture
      capital firms, and describes 140 sites that facilitate
      e-Philanthropy.
      http://www.wkkf.org/Publications/e-phil.pdf

      SUPPORTING FAMILIES AFTER WELFARE REFORM - A new
      $6.8-million initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson
      Foundation, DHHS & USDA aims to help states and large
      counties solve eligibility problems that make it difficult
      for low-income families to access and retain Medicaid, the
      State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), or Food
      Stamps - particularly families moving from welfare to work.
      Apply by May 1. A national application conference call will
      be held March 10 at 2 pm EST, call: 1-800-450-0785.
      http://www.rwjf.org/grant/cfp-suppfam.htm

      JOINT CENTER ON POVERTY RESEARCH - Funds innovative research
      on the causes of poverty and the effect of policies designed
      to alleviate poverty. Proposals due May 1.
      http://www.jcpr.org/researchfunding.html.

      NEW GUIDE: OPERATING GRANTS FOR NONPROFITS - New grant
      directory from Oryx Press lists state-by-state sponsors and
      grants available for day-to-day costs that project grants
      may not cover. $29.95; 20% saving when you order online -
      enter B8100 in the PO# or tax-exempt line on the shopping
      cart order form to receive this discount.
      http://www.oryxpress.com/scripts/book.idc?acro=OGNP

      ** Gun Violence:

      IN THE CROSSFIRE: THE IMPACT OF GUN VIOLENCE ON PUBLIC
      HOUSING COMMUNITIES - Despite reductions in crime and gun
      violence, people who receive housing assistance remain twice
      as likely to be victims of gun violence than the population
      as a whole, reports HUD.
      http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/pr00-32.html

      ** Health Policy:

      WHAT DID WELFARE REFORM DO TO MEDICAID IN YOUR STATE AND
      WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? - An Action Kit for Advocates from
      Families USA offers strategies and campaigns to address
      problems that are leading to Medicaid declines or illegal
      Medicaid practices in your state.
      http://www.familiesusa.org/actkit.htm

      A COMMUNITY GUIDE TO ENROLLING CHILDREN IN FREE AND LOW-COST
      HEALTH INSURANCE - Children's Defense Fund announces a new
      CHIP toolkit: This free community guide is designed to
      assist local groups across the country inform families about
      CHIP and Medicaid and help enroll their children.
      http://www.childrensdefense.org/publications/healthtoolkit

      WORKING WITHOUT BENEFITS: U.S. HISPANICS FACE HEALTH CARE
      COVERAGE CRISIS - One-third have no insurance. Hispanics
      account for an alarming one-quarter of the nation's 44
      million uninsured people and are twice as likely as the
      general population to go without coverage, says a report
      from Abt Associates which recommends making
      employer-sponsored plans more available and more affordable
      in the sectors of the job market in which Hispanics are most
      concentrated.
      http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publist/index.asp#pno370

      HEALTH RISKS, ACCESS TO CARE DEPEND ON WHERE YOU LIVE - New
      "State Profiles" from AARP show vast disparities among
      states: where people live might affect their longevity,
      especially for low-income Americans.
      http://www.aarp.org/press/2000/nr021500.html

      And the CDC reports women's risk of heart disease depends in
      part on geography, and black women everywhere are in greater
      peril. Among regions with high rates are Appalachia, the
      Ohio-Mississippi River Valley, the Mississippi Delta and the
      eastern Piedmont, and coastal regions of Georgia, South
      Carolina and North Carolina.
      http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/cvd/womensatlas/

      PROMOTING COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - Ask your
      Senators and Representative to support the President's
      proposed increase in the mental health block grant; and
      support increases in other SAMHSA programs aimed at
      providing comprehensive community-based mental health
      services, such as the PATH program and children's mental
      health services program, says Bazelon Center for Mental
      Health Law.
      http://www.handsnet.org/alerts1242/alerts_show.htm?doc_id=25158

      A Bazelon Center paper on how states can comply with last
      June's Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C which
      requires less restrictive programs for inappropriately
      institutionalized people with mental disabilities is
      available at http://www.bazelon.org/olmstead.html

      ** Housing - Homelessness:

      FREE REGIONAL CONFERENCES ON HOUSING FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE - A
      series of HUD 2000 Housing and Homeless regional conference
      are targeted to meet the Housing Development needs of those
      serving or wishing to serve homeless families and
      individuals. They are designed to bring together nonprofit
      groups and regional housing leaders to enhance cooperation
      between housing developers and service providers, identify
      resources for Housing Development and promote and encourage
      creative collaborations and partnerships. February 29-March
      1, Dallas, March 6-7, San Francisco, March 27-28,
      Philadelphia, April 11-12, Chicago.
      http://www.comcon.org/new/conf00/conf00_1.htm

      Or contact: icanamerica@... 1-800-678-5774

      ** Legal Services:

      PROJECT FOR THE FUTURE OF EQUAL JUSTICE DEVELOPS NATIONAL
      PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - To increase support for civil
      legal assistance to the poor and create an environment that
      cultivates the public support and funding necessary to
      develop and sustain these systems in the states. The Project
      is a joint initiative of the National Legal Aid and Defender
      Association and the Center for Law and Social Policy.
      http://www.equaljustice.org/resourcedevelopment/msgcampaign.html

      ** Poverty Guidelines

      Year 2000 HHS FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES - Published this
      week set the poverty level at $14,150 for a family of three
      in the 48 contiguous states and D.C.
      http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/00poverty.htm

      ** Race:

      RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES: KEY FINDINGS FROM THE
      NATIONAL SURVEY OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES - More than 30 years
      after the passage of civil rights legislation, significant
      economic and social inequalities persist amongst racial and
      ethnic groups in the U.S. on indicators of well-being, finds
      the Urban Institute.
      http://newfederalism.urban.org/html/series_b/b5/b5.html

      ** Social Services Info Net:

      SOCIAL SERVICES INFO NET - New web resource from Social
      Services Abstracts provides access to cutting edge social
      work and social services-related databases and information.
      Major areas of coverage include: Community development,
      Crisis intervention, Evaluation research, The family and
      social welfare, Gerontology, Policy, planning, forecasting,
      Poverty and homelessness, Professional issues in social
      work, Social development, Social work education, Support
      groups/networks, Violence, abuse, neglect, Welfare services
      http://www.socservices.com

      ** Welfare Reform:

      SINCE WELFARE REFORM, STATES SPEND LESS ON POOR - In
      addition to spending fewer federal dollars, states are
      doling out less of their own money to support poor families,
      says a new report from Rockefeller Institute of Government.
      The federal government is shouldering a larger proportion of
      the costs of programs for the poor -- the opposite of what
      Congress intended when it rewrote the welfare law in 1996.
      http://www.stateline.org/story.cfm?storyid=63563

      WELFARE REFORM AT THREE: IS A NEW CONSENSUS EMERGING? - In
      the Winter 2000 edition of the National Center for Children
      in Poverty's News & Issues, Ron Haskins, a leading proponent
      of PRWORA, and Wendell Primus, a notable critic, find some
      surprising common ground as well as continuing differences
      about the unfinished business of welfare reform. Both
      identify a needed set of work and family supports,
      suggesting a potentially powerful convergence between
      liberal and conservative recommendations on the top
      priorities for midcourse corrections.
      http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nccp/main3.html

      SPILLOVER EFFECTS OF STATE SPENDING - Concerns about
      migration may drive the interdependence of state welfare
      spending, says a paper from Joint Center for Poverty
      Research. http://www.jcpr.org/wp/WPprofile.cfm?ID=159

      STATE POLICY DOCUMENTATION PROJECT - Information on
      financial eligibility rules for TANF cash assistance in the
      50 states and DC is available from SPDP, a joint project of
      the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Center for
      Law and Social Policy. Also available are 50-state tables
      on state implementation of Medicaid provisions of PRWORA.
      http://www.spdp.org/


      Mail Sent: February 18, 2000 7:19 pm PST Item: R01ZADO

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      The WebClipper Digest is compiled by:

      Sue Dormanen
      HandsNet Editor
      sdormanen@...

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