Many people contributed to the completion of this preliminary study. Most important among them are the numerous state officials who gave their time, granted interviews, and furnished materials. We appreciate their time and assistance; without their participation this study would not have been possible.
We also appreciate the assistance and support from federal officials with the Administration for Children and Families and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the US Department of Health and Human Services. We are grateful for the opportunity, which they gave to us, to explore this important area of welfare reform.
We are grateful to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for providing additional support to assist in the completion of this phase of the project and the production of this report.
Finally, we appreciate the efforts of Soeurette Cyprien, Research Assistant on the project. Without her tireless efforts in arranging interviews, developing and managing files, and providing production assistance, completion of this study and report would not have been possible.
This report was reviewed by federal officials with the Administration for Children and Families, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Health Care Financing Administration in the US Department of Health and Human Services, by staff of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and by state officials from 30 states. We appreciate their valuable comments and the report benefited from their review. The opinions expressed in this report belong solely to the authors, however, and we are also responsible for any errors or omissions.
1 Dr. Pavetti is a Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
2 Ms. Darnell is a Research Associate at The Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.