Following is a collection of the information and guidance released by the US Department of Health and Human Services about the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).
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birth of family first: the Bipartisan budget act of 2018
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) passed in February 2018 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. FFPSA restructures Title IV-E and Title IV-B funding to support prevention services for families at risk of entering the foster care system.
Click the button to view the legislation in its entirety (FFPSA specifically can be found on pages 169-206).
Under FFPSA, only specified settings will be eligible for Title IV-E funding reimbursement. One of the eligible settings is a “Qualified Residential Treatment Program” (QRTP). Organizations can qualify as a QRTP if they:
Offer a trauma-informed treatment model
Have registered or licensed nursing staff available 24/7
Demonstrate family engagement and outreach
Provide discharge planning and family-based aftercare supports for at least 6 months post-discharge
Become licensed with their state
Achieve accreditation through an HHS-approved accreditor (such as COA)
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Website
The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established in accordance with FFPSA by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its goal is to conduct an objective, rigorous, and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to support children and families and prevent foster care placements.
Programs submitted to the Clearinghouse are rated as well-supported, supported, promising practice, or as not meeting criteria. The initial programs that have been rated include mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment services, in-home parent skill-based programs, and kinship navigator programs. Ratings will help determine programs’ eligibility for reimbursement through Title IV-E funding.
other information and guidance
Children’s Bureau Letter: Transitional Payment Guidance
Date Issued: June 6, 2019
Purpose: The Children’s Bureau (CB) issued a letter to State Child Welfare Leaders in June, supporting transitional payments for programs and services that have not yet been reviewed. The CB intends to issue guidance to states with the process for claiming transitional payments for services pending review in the Clearinghouse and associated documentation requirements, states will need to demonstrate an independent review of claimed services has met the criteria set forth by FFPSA. The guidance is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures
Date Issued: April 26, 2019
Purpose: Provides a detailed description of the standards used to identify and review programs and services for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse. It also provides a detailed description of the procedures followed by the Prevention Services Clearinghouse staff.
Testimony of Jerry Milner on the Family First Prevention Services Act
In July 2018, Jerry Milner, Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, testified before a House Ways and Means subcommittee about implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. The testimony covered federal rules, delay deadlines, state flexibility, accreditation for qualified residential treatment programs, and kinship programs.
Date Issued February 4, 2019
To issue National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
Date Issued August 23, 2018
To notify states that the Children’s Bureau is disbursing funding provided under section 437(g) of the Act as an increase in the title IV-B subpart 2 Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program allocation to support an electronic interstate case-processing system to expedite interstate placements of children in foster, guardianship or adoptive homes, and to provide an example of such an electronic interstate system.
Date Issued January 8, 2019
To provide guidance to state, territorial and tribal title IV-E agencies on the actions required to apply for title IV-B, subpart 2 funding to support the development, enhancement or evaluation of kinship navigator programs.
Date Issued April 12, 2018
To inform States and Tribes of the enactment of the Family First Prevention Services Act and provide basic information on the new law.
Date Issued November 16, 2018
To strongly encourage all child welfare agencies and Children’s Bureau (CB) grantees to work together with the courts and other appropriate public and private agencies and partners to plan, implement and maintain integrated primary prevention networks and approaches to strengthen families and prevent maltreatment….
Date Issued November 30, 2018
To instruct state title IV-E agencies on the title IV-E prevention program requirements.