Family First Prevention Services Act

New legislation mandates that all Residential Treatment Providers become accredited to become Qualified Residential Treatment Programs by October 1, 2019

COA has achieved a new recognition from the Federal Government. The Family First Prevention Services Act was passed as part of the Continuing Resolution that continued to fund the government in February 2018. The legislation mandates that all Residential Treatment Providers become accredited to become Qualified Residential Treatment Programs by October 1, 2019.  COA has been designated as an approved accrediting body, in recognition that COA’s standards are a reliable indicator of quality. 

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Below is a list of articles with information on the legislation. This list will be updated weekly, please check back for updates! 

Family First Prevention Services Act – Article Round-Up

“What New Legislation Could Mean For Foster Care In the U.S.”
Organization/Publication: WBUR, Here & Now

“Family First Residential Accreditation: Get in Line Before the Wait Gets Long”
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change, Jennifer Flowers

“Barron: New federal law helps at-risk families”
Organization/Publication: Casper Star Tribune

“The Revolutionary Foster Care Law Buried in February’s Federal Spending Deal” 
Organization/Publication: Governing Magazine

“This New Federal Law Will Change Foster Care As We Know It”
Organization/Publication: Huffington Post

“When Trump signed spending bill, he signed into law a huge overhaul of foster care”
Organization/Publication: USA Today 

“This New Federal Law Will Change Foster Care As We Know It”
Organization/Publication: The Pew Charitable Trusts

“The Family First Prevention Services Act Passes”
Organization/Publication: Council on Accreditation 

“Overview of the Provisions in the Family First Prevention Services Act”
Organization/Publication: The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities 

“The Family First Prevention Services Act Summary”
Organization/Publication: Association of Children’s Residential Services (ACRC) 

“Family First Prevention Services Act FFPSA”
Organization/Publication: Foster Care Alumni of America

“Family First Act Feedback: Comments from Chronicle’s TweetChat on Major Child Welfare Reform Law”
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change

 

“Family First Prevention Services Act Signed Into Law”
Organization/Publication: Youth Transition Funders Group

 
“Summaries of the Family First Prevention Services Act by the Children’s Defense Fund”
Organization/Publication: CHAMPS: Children Need Amazing Parents

“Family First Act changes child welfare financing landscape”
Organization/Publication: Child Trends

 “Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is now Law” 
Organization/Publication: Family Focused Treatment Association  

“The Family First Prevention Services Act: Implementation Timeline" 
Organization/Publication: Children’s Defense Fund

“Family First Act Passed in Short-Term Spending Bill” 
Organization/Publication: National Council for Behavioral Health 

“Families First Act Changes Foster Care, President offers Alternative”  
Organization/Publication: California Alliance of Children and Family Services, Someday Morning Newsletter

“Fact Sheet: Family First Prevention Services Act”
Organization/Publication: First Focus Campaign for Children 

“One Month of Spending, Years of Child Welfare Reform” 
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change 

“CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part One: Services to Prevent Foster Care”
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change 

“CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Three: Adoption, Foster Home Recruitment, Reunification and More”
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change 

 

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Mary Loftus, VP, Agency Service

Our agency is preparing for reaccreditation under the Eighth Edition Standards. The COA site is well organized and very easy to use. Our team of employees working on the reaccreditation process has found the tools index to be very helpful, particularly some of the templates.
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