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We want to thank the many AJFCA and IAJVS agencies that participated in the JFNA public policy survey. As you are likely aware, JFNA's annual public policy survey helps to create JFNA's yearly public policy priorities, which dictate the issues and direction on which JFNA advocates. Agencies' participation in this year's survey will ensure that the priorities of human service providers continue to be included in JFNA's policy agenda. 

To view the AJFCA/IAJVS specific results of the survey, please click here. If you have any questions regarding the survey, how the results were calculated, or our public policy advocacy, do not hesitate to contact Liz Leibowitz. We look forward to working with you in 2017 to advance these priorities. 

The steering committee is excited to announce that the NJHSA "Launch" Conference will take place in Chicago at the end of April 2018. There will be much more information to follow, and we will need lots of help planning this conference, so stay tuned for more information. Thanks to Paula Goldstein, CEO of Jewish Family and Children's Service in Philadelphia, for chairing the Launch Conference Committee and to Howard Sitron, CEO of Jewish Child and Family Services and JVS in Chicago, for hosting.
 
In a similar vein, NJHSA will be hosting a meeting October 28-30, 2017, for Agency Executives, at the Arizona Biltmore. This will be the first formal time for all 140+ Executives to gather. While there will be serious networking for all, there will also, of course, be compelling content. Stay tuned for more on this.

Last, many AJFCA Executives, who are on Facebook, have enjoyed the AJFCA Member Agency Executives (closed) FB page. Execs post questions or thoughts for others to see and respond to.  (The latest was, "I just had an interesting call with a colleague who is doing very forward thinking strategizing and coalition building and supporting around the issue of what is next vis a vis a change in the executive administration. His good point/question is where is NJHSA on this. My agency has barely done anything. Have others done things to gather people, reassure, assess, etc.?".) This has been a quick and easy way to communicate and share resources and ideas and concerns to further our work and network. This now is an NJHSA Member Agency Executives (closed) FB page. If you're on Facebook and want to be part of this group, click here and request to "Join Group." And then...use it!

In late June, JFNA issued an action alert to encourage community action in support of the IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 551). This bipartisan bill, which AJFCA also supports, would ensure that the federal government fulfills the promise it made to cover 40% of the cost of educating students with disabilities when it passed the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) in 1975. To date, this promise has never been fulfilled. Click here to learn more about the legislation and how you can encourage your member of Congress to support it.