PCG gears up for the 2017 SXSWedu Conference

After a positive and inspiring experience at the 2016 SXSWedu conference, we are gearing up for 2017. The 2017 SXSWedu conference takes place in Austin from March 6-9, 2017. PCG's own Tony Brown has joined the Advisory Board for a second year in a row. The 2016 conference drew more than 7,500 participants with over 38 countries represented. Recognized as a convergence of innovators and creative thinkers, SXSWedu brings the industry leaders and up-and-comers in education together to foster learning and collaboration in an energetic environment. The conference boasts a diverse mix of registrants and attendees including K-12 and higher education professionals, business leaders, policy makers, and non-profit directors. [More]

#PCGCares: Announcing our fifth “30 for 30” grant!

To commemorate our 30th year of service, and to offer some very humble thanks to our clients and the communities that we serve, PCG has pledged to donate $30,000 to six selected charities throughout 2016.

October marks the next grant in our yearlong campaign; it also marks the first time we are deviating from our planned approach of supporting one charity with the “30 for 30” donation. Instead, in response to the devastating floods that hit Louisiana in August, PCG is donating $10,000 to three organizations dedicated to delivering flood relief to communities across south Louisiana. Recipients of our fifth grant include the American Red Cross, the Louisiana Association of United Ways and Project 70805. [More]

Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2016 Update

The momentum of passing the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) legislation has slowed although a Continuing Resolution for extension of federal appropriations through December 9, 2016 was passed on September 28, 2016. Currently, the legislation (FPPSA) calls for the delay of the final step of Fostering Connections legislation implementation, which would de-link income standards with children age two and under for Title IV-E Adoption Assistance. [More]

Texas Supreme Court denies appeal of lower court decision refusing to prevent legislative cuts to Medicaid rates for certain children’s home services

On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court decision, which held that certain providers and children’s advocacy groups lacked standing to invoke court jurisdiction in an attempt to prevent a state legislative $350 million Medicaid rate reduction for certain services to children with disabilities. [More]

GAO report examines cybersecurity under HHS programs

On September 26, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report entitled “Electronic Heath Information: HHS Needs to Strengthen Security and Privacy Guidance and Oversight.” The report examines rapid increases from 2009 through 2015 in breaches of personal health information, culminating in 56 major breaches affecting 113,181,615 health records in 2015. [More]

Public Consulting Group Welcomes Alvin Crawford to Education Practice

Boston, MA. [September 26, 2016] -- Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Alvin Crawford as General Manager in its Education practice. PCG's Education practice has thousands of clients in the United States and a growing client base internationally. Mr. Crawford will focus on creating new capabilities to bring to education clients as well as promoting PCG's current service portfolio to a wider set of customers; he will report directly to Grant Blair, who leads PCG's Education practice. [More]

New white paper explores implications of the Zika virus for human services agencies

During the past year, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has captured the world’s attention as news of babies born with abnormally small heads and neurological defects made headlines across the western hemisphere. Human service agencies, including early intervention, child care, early childhood, and public welfare agencies will be responsible for supporting and assisting individuals and children affected by Zika. However, many agencies do not know where to start preparations, how to predict impact and prevalence, or how to connect with existing public health preparations. [More]

Family First Prevention Services Act: Paying for What Works

Historically, the federal government’s support for child welfare services through the Title IV-E program has been limited to a single service: placement in foster care. With decades of research and experience, we now know that foster care is not the only – nor the best – solution for many children who have experienced maltreatment.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) provides an opportunity for states and local communities to move towards more varied, proven interventions and services for children and families. It will also require many states to make significant changes in how they buy, manage, and fund services. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits that will likely accrue to state systems, and to children and families, when considering the fiscal impact of the FFPSA. [More]

Tennessee District selects PCG to provide ELA curriculum

This fall, Shelby County Schools is launching an innovative trial program to accelerate English language achievement for all students in grades 9-12. The district selected PCG and Wiley’s Paths to College and Career 9-12 English Language Arts Curriculum (EngageNY) for their program in order to change teacher practice and improve student achievement. [More]