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

The Council on Accreditation (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


The Administration for Children and Families has provided guidance to States, Tribal and Territorial Agencies Administering or Supervising the Administration of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act

That guidance can be downloaded here.

Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of The Children’s Bureau, testified on FFPSA:
Testimony from the hearing can be read or listed to here.

HHS Releases Information Memo on Family First Prevention Services Act
On April 12, the Administration for Children, Youth and Families released its first official communication about the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (FFPSA). There is an Information Memo, which provides an overview of the new law, and appendices that provide some additional details. Appendix B focuses on the Time-Limited Foster Care Prevention Programs and Services. Appendix C provides information on the Limitations on Title IV-E Foster Care Payments for Placements that are not Foster Family Homes. In addition, the memo included Appendix D, which provides a list of the names and contact information of the Regional Program Managers for the Children's Bureau.

“Family First Prevention Services Act Update: Federal Rules, Delay Deadlines, State Flexibility and More”
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change


“A New Effort to Bolster Child Welfare Leadership in State Legislatures”
Organization/Publication: The Chronicle of Social Change

“States brace for dramatic overhaul to Federal Foster Care funding”
Organization/Publication: The Hill

“Giving Group Homes A 21st Century Makeover”
Organization/Publication: Huffington Post

"Group homes brace for radical overhaul of federal foster care funding”
Organization/Publication: Tampa Bay Times

“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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