Using Vouchers to Deliver Social Services: Learning from the Goals, Uses and Key Elements of Existing Federal Voucher Programs

03/30/2007

Using Vouchers to Deliver Social Services:

Learning from the Goals, Uses, and Key Elements of Existing Federal Voucher Programs

March 30, 2007

By: Andrew Burwick and Gretchen Kirby Mathematica Policy Research (MPR)

Submitted to:U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation

Project Officer: Alana Landey

Contract: HHS-233-020086, TO#5

This report is available on the Internet at:http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/vouchers/overview/

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Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Use Vouchers to Deliver Social Services?
    1. Goals of Voucher Use
    2. Legal and Policy Context
      1. Charitable Choice and the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiative
      2. The Establishment Clause and Distinctions Between Direct and Indirect Funding
      3. State-Level Policy and Blaine Amendments
  3. How are Vouchers Currently Used in Federal Programs?
    1. Voucher Use in HHS Programs
    2. Key Characteristics of Federal Voucher Programs
  4. What Are Key Implementation Experiences Among Voucher Programs?
    1. Vouchers and Child Care Assistance
      1. Assessing the "Fit" of Vouchers with Program Goals
      2. The Size and Diversity of the Service Delivery Structure
      3. Provision and Content of Consumer Education
      4. Policies and Procedures
      5. The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Service Delivery
    2. Vouchers in Other Program Areas
      1. Facilitating Provider Participation
      2. Beneficiary Access and Response to Counseling
      3. Managing Payments and Accounts
    3. Outcomes of Voucher Programs
  5. Next Steps in Assessing the Use of Vouchers to Deliver Social Services

References


How to Obtain a Printed Copy

To obtain a printed copy of this report, send the title and your mailing information to:

Human Services Policy, Room 404E Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC 20201

Fax:  (202) 690-6562

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