Human Services

Governors play a critical role in the protection and support of vulnerable children, families and individuals. Human service programs offer opportunities for low-income families to achieve self-sufficiency and provide for their own well-being. Governors continue to explore and implement new and innovative practices to serve the families, children and individuals in their states. The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Economic Opportunity Division’s human services program provides information and technical assistance to governors and agency leadership to help them implement and improve policies and systems for those in need.

The human services portfolio at the Economic Opportunity Division is guided by a Core Advisors Network of governors’ human services advisors. Each year, the NGA Center selects a small group of governors’ human services policy advisors, agency leaders and national experts to provide critical input and feedback on the structure and content of our work with the states. We consult with the Core Advisors Network for advice and feedback on the topics we address in our webinars and newsletters, and in an annual Institute for Governors’ Human Services Policy Advisors, which consists of governors, senior officials from state and territory human services programs and national experts. This annual Institute for Governors’ Human Services Policy Advisors serves as a venue for senior leadership in states and territories to discuss best practices to address the nation’s human services issues. To read more about these annual policy discussions:

Current human services policy initiatives at the NGA Center include: improving family well-being by serving children and their caregivers together, increasing economic opportunities for individuals and families, supporting system improvements for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, safely reducing the number of children and adolescents in foster care and supporting foster youth transitioning to adulthood.


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