What are the barriers religious and faith-based organizations face in participating in HHS programs! – There is still time to provide your input, deadline in Nov. 24th!

This information was provided to HMA, please participate to help improve Heath & Human Services programs and faith-based organizations ability to participate.

“Hello friends,  Please find the following request from the Partnership Center’s Director, Shannon Royce:

Religious and faith-based organizations are essential partners with unique expertise that is crucial to advancing the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of the American people.

HHS is seeking input in identifying barriers that religious and faith-based organizations face as they seek to participate in HHS programs and support the HHS mission. We seek comment from faith-based organizations and other interested parties to inform us on how we may best identify and remove regulatory or other barriers in order for these organizations to participate in HHS programs, strengthen partnerships with them to improve service delivery to the American people, and ensure they are affirmatively accommodated and not excluded from programs or activities.

We also seek input on whether faith-based organizations could face potential obstacles to participation in state or locally funded programs, or restrictions on their privately funded activities, because of requirements imposed on state and local governments as a condition of receiving HHS funding.

Finally, we seek input on what policies, procedures, and assessment tools HHS should develop to affirmatively further the accommodation, equal treatment, and respect for the religious exercise of faith-based organizations.

The Federal Register citation is here. There is a 30 day period for comments (ends 11/24/17), which may be submitted electronically, by email, regular mail, or express mail.

Thank you for your engagement with us in this important effort.