Family First Prevention Services Act:
Resource Page

Whether you are just starting to familiarize yourself with the Family First Prevention and Services Act (FFPSA) - originally passed in February of 2018 - or are looking for the latest news and information, here are several helpful resources that should help.

This page is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often. And, if you have any questions about the issues and implications regarding FFPSA compliance and implementation, call or write us.


For the latest updates on FFPSA, including the Transition Act, state updates and clearinghouse news.

  • Estimated State Allocations Under the Family First Transition Act (FFTA) – Update
  • Federal Budget Plans for 2021 To Include Broader Access to Funds and Resources for FFPSA – Article

The Basics

Start here for a better understanding of FFPSA.

  • FFPSA – Summary // Full Review
  • Clearinghouse Programs – Find evidence-based programs and resources that will meet your strategic planning needs. Overview of Approved Services
  • Family First Transition Act – Flexible funding for states and tribes to help implement Family First, as well as short-term funding guarantees for states with expiring Title IV-E waivers. Overview


Per the FFPSA - in order to receive federal reimbursement after the first two weeks that a child has been in care, the program must be designated a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP).  In order to be considered a QRTP, the program must be licensed and accredited by an HHS approved accreditor by October 1, 2019, unless a state requests a delay for up to two years.

More on that here:

    • The Benefits of Accreditation - Link
    • The Accreditation Process - Link
    • Are you Ready for Accreditation? – Link
    • Understanding the Timeline of Accreditation - Link
    • State Status – Which States have taken the delay, which ones have filed and states that are currently filing - Link

If your organization is seeking (or considering) accreditation, we invite you to take our free online Accreditation Readiness Self-Assessment.

Accrediting Bodies

The benefits derived from Accreditation include organizational improvements throughout your agency.  That’s why many leadership teams approach accreditation as an investment in the organization.

To get an accurate understanding of costs associated with accreditation from each of the accrediting bodies – you should contact them directly.

CARF International

Council on Accreditation (COA)

The Joint Commission

EAGLE Accreditation

Teaching-Family Association (TFA)

How We Can Help

Our team of accreditation experts is ready to assist your organization in achieving accreditation. All consultants have at least 20 years of experience with national accreditation agencies in the child welfare and behavioral health care fields. We customize our solutions to fit your needs, services and timelines.

We offer several packages to fit the needs of a variety of organizations. These sessions range from a one-hour introductory webinar to 90-minute sessions at conferences to day-long or multi-day intensive, interactive in-person training that serves as an accreditation boot camp for service providers.

We are proud of our 100% success rate helping clients achieve accreditation.

Contact Accreditation Guru today to get started.