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Increasing State and Local Capacity for Cross-Systems Innovation: Assessing Flexibility and Opportunities under Current Law

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The flexibility provided by the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) afforded new opportunities for states to deliver coordinated services through greater cross-program integration. Experience since that time has heightened the resolve of many states and localities to identify new opportunities for and address remaining barriers to integration of programs designed to assist low income individuals and families.

We have developed recommendations for consideration by both the federal executive and legislative branches of government. While each author may have additional recommendations, we agree that the following steps would help support state and local service integration efforts.