Human Services

Did You Miss the End of Session Webinar? Get it Here

ICHS, in collaboration with the Indiana Nonprofit Resources Network, hosted a webinar highlighting the bills that passed the Indiana General Assembly this session and the impact on nonprofit organization and their clients. Here is a link to access the webinar slides and audio. ICHS End of Session Webinar 3/20/2014


ICHS Sends Letter to Governor Pence Asking Him to Veto SB 340

The Indiana General Assembly passed SB 340, which leads to ending the Energizing Indiana program at the end of 2014. ICHS sent a letter to Governor Pence on March 18th, 2014 requesting that he veto the bill. Some of the concerns presented in the letter were: -Since the inception of the program through January 31 [...]


Indiana General Assembly Concludes 2014 Session

Highlights of the 2014 Legislative Session In the late evening hours of Thursday, the General Assembly concluded the 2014 Legislative Session. Here are a few of the highlights of bills that ICHS has been following this session: Working Hoosiers: •HB1083 Child labor law and unemployment insurance: Changed unemployment insurance, requiring less burden of proof for [...]


Register Today for Thursday’s End of Session Webinar

ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to bring you three legislative update webinars during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Sessions require pre-registration and will be held on Thursdays, 3pmET/2pmCT. Participants receive related documents. All staff and volunteers in human service organizations are invited to register [...]


ICHS In The News

The Indiana General Assembly has been pushing forward with a number of tax proposals that would cut business personal property taxes, provide tax credits for specific industries, cut corporate income tax and more. Indiana is already known as one of the top business climates in the country. At the same time, we continue to lag [...]


Conference Committees Have Begun

The Indiana Senate and House have concluded committee meetings and Third Readings. ICHS is now monitoring priority bills that will be assigned to a conference committee for negotiations between the House and Senate versions. Here is an up to date list of priority bills that we will be monitoring the last couple weeks of the [...]


Did you miss the Mid-Point Webinar?

ICHS hosted a Mid-Session Update on February 20th highlighting the human service bills that are moving through the Statehouse. If you were unable to attend the webinar, here is a link to access a recording of the webinar. ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to bring you three [...]


Immediate Release: Indiana Already Top in Business, Need to Focus on People

For Immediate Release, February 27, 2014 Contacts: Mark Fairchild, President Indiana Already Top in Business, Now We Need to Focus on Creating a Strong People Climate: Impact of Proposed Tax Bills The Indiana General Assembly has been pushing forward with a number of tax proposals that would cut business personal property taxes, provide tax credits [...]


Mid Session Priority Bill Status and Upcoming Webinars

The Indiana General Assembly deadline for cross over of bills was this week. Some key bills related to early childhood education and other education initiatives continue to move forward, while increasing access to healthcare coverage for all Hoosiers by closing the coverage gap is now dead. Here is a link to the most recent update [...]


Did You Miss the Session Starter Webinar? You Can Still View the Archive

On Thursday, January 23rd ICHS, IAUW, and INRN hosted a Session Starter Webinar. Click below to access the materials and archive of that session. ICHS 2014 Session Starter Webinar There are still two legislative update webinars left this session. Register today! ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to [...]


2014 ICHS Priority Bill List

ICHS continually monitors legislation that is debated at the Statehouse that will impact low income Hoosiers and their families. Here is a link with the most up to date information regarding ICHS’ top priority bills for the 2014 legislative session. 2014 ICHS Priority Bill Update


2014 ICHS Guide to Safety Net Programs

ICHS is pleased to release the 2014 ICHS Guide to Safety Net Programs. This short booklet provides an overview to several safety net programs, such as SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Unemployment and LIHEAP. Other programs are described. New to the 2014 Guide is a chart with poverty thresholds. Download your copy, ICHS_GuidetoSafety_Net_2014 or contact us for [...]


Session is Over: ICHS Priority Update 4/29/13

The 2013 Legislative Session is officially over and a number of ICHS priorities made the cut, including child care regulations and a focus on quality early childhood, investment in Career Councils to help individuals find jobs, and increased Department of Child Services funding to hire additional caseworkers and call center representatives. The TANF Drug Testing [...]


Indiana Legislators Pass Two Year Budget

How do human services fair? The Indiana General Assembly passed a two year budget totaling $30 billion early Saturday morning. There were a number of tax cuts included in the budget bill, with a 5% cut in personal income tax phased in through 2017, a 1% cut to the corporate tax rate, elimination of the [...]


ICHS In the News

ICHS was quoted in a recent Editorial posting by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The Editorial is below and for a link to the site, click here. Budgeting for a better Indiana “At a time when investment in our state’s educational system and infrastructure are key, what does a cut in individual income taxes and [...]


ICHS Letter to Senator Donnelly Regarding Budget Resolution

The United States Senate Budget Committee has accepted a Budget Resolution that demonstrates responsible deficit reduction with a fair mix of revenues and budget cuts. The current resolution would mitigate harsh cuts in programs for low-income Americans. The debate is just beginning and it is anticipated that several amendments will be offered on the Senate [...]


ICHS Guide to Safety Net Programs

Indiana Coalition for Human Services is pleased to release its ICHS Guide to Safety Net Programs, a short booklet on a few of the human service programs serving low-income Hoosiers. This guide was designed to provide information such as: * How is the program funded? * Who administers the program? * How many Hoosiers and [...]


ICHS Testimony in Interim Study Committees

Your Indiana Coalition for Human Services is active in state legislative interim study committees ICHS provided testimony about the child abuse/neglect hotline and provider concerns in the Committee reviewing the Department of Child Services. See ICHS Testimony on DCS 9/5/12 ICHS worked with partners to coordinate testimony about the value of the State Earned Income Tax [...]


Federal Budget Impacts on Indiana

Did you miss the ICHS Annual Meeting on Aug. 22? Or perhaps you want to share the materials with your colleagues? Below are the documents provided about the Federal Budget and Messaging. Feel free to duplicate, as long as you cite your source. * Joan Huffer’s presentation slides, How Attacks on the Federal Safety Net Would Affect [...]


Instead of Rebates, Let’s Restore Cuts and Fulfill Promises

With the fiscal year end closeout, Governor Daniels announced that individuals would receive $100 rebates and couples would receive $200 rebates on their state taxes next year. This comes from $2 billion (that billion with a “B”) in reserves that the Governor describes as originating from cost savings, cuts in services and a tax accounting [...]