Conference Opportunity This Month!

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Being held on July-26-27, 2016 this year’s conference is targeted to a variety of professionals, including home visitors.

The conference will focus on participants being able to:
  • Develop their leadership and group facilitation skills by gaining new strategies to deliver programs and services
  • Obtain resources and experiences that support utilization of new skills and knowledge
  • Be better prepared to serve adolescents in their role as they return to their communities

This professional development opportunity will be held at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Get more info and register now.

Make sure you visit the Home Visitor Portal on the Strong Families AZ website. Register to have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, resources and more.

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National Fatherhood Initiative Webinar

Date: August 9th

Time: 2:00 – 3:00PM EDT/ 1-2pm CST/ 12-1pm MST/ 11am-12pm PST

Title: NFI Programs: All You Want (or Need) to Know…and More!

Registration Page: http://bit.ly/freenfiprogramswebinar

Description: National Fatherhood Initiative offers over 100 fatherhood skill-building resource and programs, which everyone thinks is great! But sometimes, all of those choices can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to find time to learn about how each resource can help your organization better engage fathers.

To that end, please join NFI President Christopher Brown for a webinar highlighting all you want or need to know (and more!) about NFI’s extensive catalog.

Christopher will cover everything from NFI’s low intensity resources (i.e. brochures, tip cards), to high intensity resources (8 and 12 week programs for moms and dads), to father engagement and facilitator training, and more. We hope to see you there.

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Days of Caring 2016

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Parent University Registration Open

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KidsCare Enrollment Starts on July 26

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KidsCare Factsheet

Arizona families can begin applying for KidsCare on July 26, 2016 for coverage that will begin on September 1, 2016. KidsCare is a health insurance program that is related to AHCCCS (Medicaid).  The following are questions that consumers may have and enrollment Assisters may be asked.

  1. What is KidsCare? KidsCare is a joint Arizona and Federal initiative called the Children’s Health Insurance Program. KidsCare is designed to help families who earn too much for AHCCCS (Medicaid) yet earn too little to afford to pay for health insurance for their children.
  2. Who qualifies for KidsCare? In general, children must be under 19 years old, a US citizen or a qualified immigrant and an Arizona resident and family income is under the income limit. They are not eligible for AHCCCS coverage or do not have other health insurance. Please see number 4 if a child has other health insurance.
  3. What are the income limits?
May Qualify for AHCCCS
(Medicaid, with no monthly premium)
May Qualify for KidsCare
Family Size Monthly Family Income Annual Family Income Monthly Family Income Annual Family Income
1 $1,317 $15,804 $1,980 $23,760
2 $1776 $21,312 $2,670 $32,040
3 $2,235 $26,820 $3,360 $40,320

For additional amounts and larger families go to: https://azahcccs.gov/Members/GetCovered/Categories/KidsCare.html

  1. If my kids are already covered, can I switch to KidsCare? Yes, but children must be without health insurance coverage for at least 90 days before they can get KidsCare. However, there are some exceptions to this 90 day rule. Parents need to be very careful before they make a decision to drop current coverage. It is recommended they meet with a trained application Assister to determine if they are likely to qualify for KidsCare before they make any decisions.
  2. What are the exceptions to the 90 day no-coverage rule? The 90-day period does not apply when:
  • Coverage was from another insurance affordability program (AHCCCS or a qualified health plan from the health insurance Marketplace)
  • Premium was more than 5 percent of the household income
  • Parent eligible for premium tax credit because coverage through an
    employer is determined unaffordable
  • Cost of family coverage that includes the child is more than 9.5 percent
    of the household income
  • Employer stopped offering coverage for dependents (or any coverage)
  • Child lost coverage due to family member’s job change
  • Child lost coverage due to the death or divorce of a parent
  • Child has special health care needs

Please note there will be further clarifications of some of these points in the future. KidsCare will cost no more than $50 a month for one child or no more than $70 a month no matter how many children are in the household. The amount a family pays depends on their income and number of children. Per federal law, Native Americans enrolled with a federally recognized tribe and certain Alaskan Natives do not have to pay a premium. To get KidsCare at no cost, you must give us proof of tribal enrollment. For specific amounts:

  1. How much will KidsCare cost? KidsCare will cost no more than $50 a month for one child or no more than $70 a month no matter how many children are in the household. The amount a family pays depends on their income and number of children. Per federal law, Native Americans enrolled with a federally recognized tribe and certain Alaskan Natives do not have to pay a premium. To get KidsCare at no cost, you must give us proof of tribal enrollment. For specific amounts: https://azahcccs.gov/Members/GetCovered/Categories/KidsCare.html
  2. Can a family own a car, a house or have any savings and still get AHCCCS or KidsCare? Yes you can own a car, a house and have a savings account. AHCCCS and KidsCare is based on your most recent 60 days of income, not what you own.
  3. Can parents enroll children in KidsCare if the children are US citizens but the parents lack proper immigration documents? Yes, KidsCare and AHCCCS applications are designed to make it possible for parents to apply for and enroll children who are US citizens.
  4. Where can I find someone to help me apply? There are hundreds of trained applications Assisters who speak English and Spanish (other languages also available) across Arizona. You can make an appointment and get help by going to CoverAZ.org/connector or by calling toll free, 844.790.4946
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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Support Children, Families, and the Home Visiting Workforce

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM MST – 1:30:00 PM MST
Dr. Neal Horen, one of the HV-ImpACT's TA specialists and Director of the Early Childhood Division at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, will lead this lively webinar.
 
Learn how to:
•	Define trauma and trauma-informed approaches
•	Describe the potential impact of adverse experiences (toxic stress) on young children 
•	Identify signs and symptoms of trauma in children
•	Describe trauma-informed approaches to support resilience in children, families, and the home visiting workforce
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SFAZ Conference Registration Opens TODAY!

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Registration opens TODAY for the Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference: The Balancing Act of Home Visiting. With an emphasis on self-care while caring for others, the conference will also cover many of the issues confronting home visitors today.
Topics to be addressed by nationally recognized keynotes and presenters include: transformation of the early childhood workforce; the latest information on Trauma Informed Reflective Care and managing stress.

Also, we encourage home visitors who are breastfeeding mothers to attend, with or without their infant. We will have stations available for breastfeeding or pumping.

Register today so you don’t miss out on this opportunity. Additionally, support is available for home visitors who live more than 60 miles from the conference, are serving on Native or Tribal lands, working with Children with Special Healthcare Needs or working with military families.

Visit the conference webpage for more information and to register today!

See you in September!

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