The Pathways Initiative
Pathways is an initiative of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its members to transform how health and human services are administered and delivered. Public human services must move in new directions – down new pathways – if we are to meet increased demand for assistance at a time of tight budgets and heightened public expectations for effective outcomes.
Solutions will require changing health and human service programs and funding streams so that they become integrated, outcomes-focused, and centered on supporting people to achieve sustainable, meaningful changes in their lives rather than complying with bureaucratic outputs.
At the center of Pathways are four major outcomes:
- Achieving Gainful Employment and Independence;
- Stronger Families, Adults, and Communities;
- Healthier Families, Adults, and Communities; and
- Sustained Well-being of Children and Youth.
Pathways Policy Briefs
Pathways policy briefs outline policy recommendations and priorities for current human service programs based on how they can lead toward the Pathways outcome goals.
Pathways Policy Briefs of particular interest to the NASTA membership include the following:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Policy Brief
Goal: Achieving Gainful Employment and Independence
- Social Services Block Grant Policy Brief
Goal: Stronger Families, Adults, and Communities
Additional information on Pathways is available at: http://www.aphsa.org
March 18 APHSA & NASTA Letters on TANF Reauthorization
- Letter to Leadership of House Ways and Means Committee and Human Resources Subcommittee
- Letter to Leadership of Senate Finance Committee
- Peter J. Palermino, TANF Administrator, Bureau of Assistance Programs, Connecticut Department of Social Services, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee, Human Resources Subcommittee on "State TANF Spending and its Impact on Work Requirements" on May 17, 2012.
The testimony is available at:
Additional information on the hearing is available at: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=294971