Following is a collection of the information and guidance released by the US Department of Health and Human Services in regards to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). Check back regularly for updates!
birth of family first: the Bipartisan budget act of 2018
The FFPSA passed in February 2018 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The legislation restructures Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act to provide preventive services to 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).
Testimony of Jerry Milner on the Family First Prevention Services Act
In July, 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.
other information and guidance
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.
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.