Social Welfare Policies & Programs

Policy Analysis Guide

Policy Analysis Paper (25% of total grade)

Students are required to prepare a written policy analysis paper concerning a specific legislative bill which has been introduced by the state or federal legislatures from spring 2016 to present in the following areas.  The policy paper must be typed, doubled-spaced, between 8-12 pages in length, with a cover page including student name, name of bill, course name, and submitted on CANVAS. Students must provide an Appendix and include a copy of the bill. Follow the guideline for the policy analysis paper attached when writing up the final paper.  Students must adhere to the rubric.  It is strongly recommended students utilize the course to build the assignment content. INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

Cycle of Policy Analysis

  • Select your policy by asking 2 Questions;
    • Is there a need for this policy?
    • What is the likelihood that this policy will change will be approved?
      • Then ask the question which party supports your policy Conservative or Liberal (pg. 27-29).
      • Where is this policy currently in legislative branches (pg.32) State or Federal Levels of Government?
  • Frameworks are divided into 3 Categories Rational, Interpretive, and Critical
  • Needs Assessments address; Normative or Demand-Based (Social Policy and Basic Human Needs)
  • Policy Appraisal Part I:  Prince Policy Appraisal as five fundamental steps:
    • Identify the players
    • Determine a position
    • Estimate the power
    • Estimate the priority
    • Calculate the likelihood
  • Policy Appraisal Part II:  Five Key Aspects of a Program Goal (pg. 68-71). 
  • Impact of the Policy
    • Impact Assessment pg. 65
    • Allocation Rules (Direct or Indirect Cost, pg. 72-73)
  • Reaching a Conclusion
    • Did this policy analysis improve the understanding of policy development, public programs, and the impacts of social policy?
    • Did the policy inform advocacy efforts?
    • Implication to social work practice.

Federal Laws  (

H.R. 35- Emmett Till Antilynching Act

H.R. 7120-  George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

S. 3985- Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act

H.R. 4- Voting Rights Advancements Act of 2019

S. 4263- John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

All information (Except Text) for H.R. 4339- End Racial Profiling Act of 2019

H.R. 4339; 2355 End Racial and Religious Profiling Act

H.R. 5530 (114th): HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act

All information (Except Text) for S. 461- HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students Act /  H. R. 1054 – 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Florida Laws introduced Spring 2020 during Social Work Day at the Capital

SB 0068 Homelessness Book 08/16/19Homelessness; Requiring that certain taxes of a specified amount be transferred annually to the Grants and Donations Trust Fund within the Department of Children and Families for the purpose of funding challenge grants; expanding the membership of the Council on Homelessness to include a representative of the Florida Housing Coalition and the Secretary of the Department of Elderly Affairs or his or her designee; increasing the maximum amount of grant awards per continuum of care lead agency; requiring each continuum of care, pursuant to federal law, to designate a collaborative applicant that is responsible for submitting the continuum of care funding application for the designated catchment area to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020   Similar Bill HB 0163Homelessness by Altman

HB 0079 Student Elopement Jenne 08/21/19; Student Elopement: Requires public schools to create School Staff Assistance for Emergencies (SAFE) Team & school elopement plan; provides requirements for team & plan; requires & provides requirements for elopement quick reference guides for certain students; requires public schools to annually submit their plans to district school board. Effective Date: July 1, 2020 08/21/19 HOUSE Filed

HB 0081Medicaid School-based Services Andrade 08/21/19; Medicaid School-based Services: Revises provisions relating to reimbursement of school-based services by AHCA to certain school districts & private & charter schools; specifies that U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is authorized to waive certain school-based provider qualifications. Effective Date: July 1, 2020 08/21/19 HOUSE Filed Identical Bills SB 0190Medicaid School-based Services by Montford

SB 0104Services for Veterans and Their Families Harrell 08/16/19; Services for Veterans and Their Families; Requiring the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish the Florida Veterans’ Care Coordination Program to provide for veterans and their families behavioral health care referral and care coordination services; requiring the department to contract with a certain nonprofit entity to enter into agreements with Florida 211 Network participants to provide such services; providing for the statewide delivery of specified services by program teams, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/202008/06/19 SENATE Filed08/16/19 SENATE Referred to Military and Veterans Affairs and Space; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations

SB 0122Child Welfare Rouson 09/03/19; Child Welfare; Citing this act as “Jordan’s Law”; requiring the Florida Court Educational Council to establish certain standards for instruction of circuit and county court judges for dependency cases; requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to provide to law enforcement officers certain information relating to specified individuals; requiring certain entities to provide training to certain parties on the recognition of and responses to head trauma and brain injury in specified children; authorizing the department and certain lead agencies to create and implement a program to more effectively provide case management services for specified children, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020 08/12/19 SENATE Filed09/03/19 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations HB 0043Child Welfare by Latvala

SB 0124 Custody of Minor Children by Extended Family Bean 09/03/19; Custody of Minor Children by Extended Family; Revising the purposes of Ch. 751, F.S.; providing that a petition for concurrent custody may include certain requests; providing requirements for orders granting concurrent or temporary custody; requiring the court to establish any conditions for the transition of custody of the child to the parent which are in the child’s best interest, under certain circumstances, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/202008/12/19 SENATE Filed09/03/19 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Similar Bills HB 0185 Custody of Minor Children by Extended Family by Roach

SB 0154 Human Trafficking Education in Schools Thurston, Jr. 09/19/19; Human Trafficking Education in Schools; Revising the required health education in public schools to include information regarding the dangers and signs of human trafficking; requiring the Department of Legal Affairs to develop human trafficking awareness campaigns, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020 08/19/19 SENATE Filed09/19/19 SENATE Referred to Education; Criminal Justice;

Identical Bills   HB 0105 Human Trafficking Education in Schools by Williams

HB 0165Youth in Solitary Confinement Driskell 09/13/19; Youth in Solitary Confinement: Prohibits DOC or local government from subjecting youth to solitary confinement; limits cell confinement youth prisoners; provides protection for youth prisoners in emergency cell confinement; provides for individualized suicide crisis intervention plan; requires youth prisoners in disciplinary cells be allotted services & other benefits; requires review of policies relating to youth prisoners. Effective Date: July 1, 2020 09/13/19 HOUSE Similar Bills SB 0228Youth in Solitary Confinement by Thurston, Jr.

SB 0194 Correctional Education Program Taddeo 09/19/19; Correctional Education Program; Requiring the Correctional Education Program under the Department of Corrections to develop and implement a plan to provide classes and work programs that assist inmates in preparing for licensure to practice a profession regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; requiring that the plan ensure that inmates receive credits or licenses, as applicable, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/202008/27/19 SENATE Filed 09/19/19 SENATE Referred to Criminal Justice; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations

SB 0224Medicaid Expansion Taddeo 09/19/19; Medicaid Expansion; Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require amendment of the state Medicaid plan to provide Medicaid coverage to persons under age 65 who have an income equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, etc. 09/05/19 SENATE Filed09/19/19 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

SB 0230Department of Health Harrell 09/19/19; Department of Health; Requiring the Department of Health to develop strategies to maximize federal-state partnerships that provide incentives for physicians to practice in medically underserved or rural areas; revising licensure requirements for a person seeking licensure or certification as an osteopathic physician; extending through 2025 the Florida Center for Nursing’s responsibility to study and issue an annual report on the implementation of nursing education programs; requiring dentists and certified registered dental hygienists to report in writing certain adverse incidents to the department within a specified timeframe; revising athletic trainer licensure requirements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020 09/06/19 SENATE Filed09/19/19 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations; Rules

Compare Bills SB 0218 Licensure Requirements for Osteopathic Physicians by

Harrell SB 0226Athletic Trainers by Harrell

SB 0232 Child Welfare Book 09/19/19; Child Welfare; Expanding the list of incidents or injuries that constitute harm to a child’s health or welfare; expanding the types of reports that the Department of Children and Families must refer to Child Protection Teams, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/202009/06/19 SENATE Filed09/19/19 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Rules

SB 0236 Early Childhood Courts Book 09/19/19; Early Childhood Courts; Authorizing circuit courts to create early childhood court programs; requiring that early childhood court programs have certain components; providing requirements and guidelines for the Office of the State Courts Administrator when hiring community coordinators and a statewide training specialist; requiring the Department of Children and Families to contract with certain university-based centers, etc. Effective Date: 1/1/202009/09/19 SENATE Filed09/19/19 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations

SB 0300Food Pantries in Public Schools Farmer, Jr. 09/17/19; Food Pantries in Public Schools; Authorizing school districts to adopt a policy to allow schools to create food pantry programs in collaboration with nonprofit organizations; authorizing school districts to provide food from the pantry at no cost to students under specified circumstances; authorizing school employees to prepare and distribute donated food, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020 09/17/19 SENATE Filed

SB 0354Child Care Subsidies for Foster Parents Montford 09/19/19; Child Care Subsidies for Foster Parents; Providing an early education or child care subsidy for certain foster parents, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/202009/19/19 SENATE Filed Identical Bills HB 0193Child Care Subsidies for Foster Parents by Roth

HB 6011Marriage Equality Hattersley 08/19/19; Marriage Equality: Repeals provisions relating to marriages between persons of the same sex. Effective Date: July 1, 2020 08/19/19 HOUSE Filed

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