For the latest updates on FFPSA:
- FFPSA FINAL IMPLEMENTATION DEADLINE UPDATE: Through discussions with our contacts in the field, we have confirmed that at this time, the federal government will not be moving the Oct. 1, 2021 final date for implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). If you are not already accredited but are proactively planning to begin the process, we recommend that you first speak with your state contact to clarify any details on potential extensions. You should also discuss your state’s information with the accrediting body that you will be (are) working with to achieve accreditation.
If you have not yet begun the process, but are interested in learning more about becoming accredited – click here for our free organizational assessment which can help to determine your level of preparedness. We will continue to update you and/or provide links to resources as they become available to us.
The IMPRINT April 22, 2021
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- As the FFPSA deadline approaches – the accrediting bodies are working to help agencies become accredited in a more expedient time frame. We contacted the federally approved accrediting bodies to see what they are each doing specifically:
CARF’s standard policy permits an organization to select the programs to be included in its accreditation process so that a multi-service/program organization can apply for accreditation only of its residential and/or group home program and narrow the scope. Click here for more information on program specific accreditation.
COA is permitting FFPSA mandated multi-service organizations to do a “phased in” accreditation. Phased Accreditation
The Joint Commission’s business development team is available to discuss each case on an individual basis. If you are interested specifically in accreditation through The Joint Commission – they encourage you to contact them to see if residential accreditation as an initial process is an option.
EAGLE is working with each agency on a case by case basis to see how they can effectively move them along in the accreditation process. More info here
The Teaching Family Association is actively working with agencies who have reached out specifically seeking accreditation to meet Family First requirements and has leveraged technology and creative communication strategies to move people forward through flexible, resourceful, and collaborative approaches. To learn more visit TFA.
- The Children’s Bureau will now allow title IV-E agencies to adapt programs and services that have been approved as part of the title IV-E agency’s Title IV-E Prevention Services Program Plan to a virtual environment to allow for children and families to receive necessary services without interruption and within public health guidelines. More Info
- The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse requests recommendations for mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services to be considered for systematic review. Deadline is October 5. More Info
- To help agencies implement Family First, The Children’s Defense Fund, in a collaboration with a coalition of organizations developed the Implementing Family First Guide. Specific information and questions answered. Starting on page 107 – details regarding FFPSA/QRTPs and Accreditation. Family First Guide
- The Prevention Services Clearinghouse recently announced ratings on a number of programs and services. List
- The Children’s Bureau hosted a 2-part webinar to share the lessons and experiences of two jurisdictions whose Title IV-E Prevention Plans received approval from CB. The intent was to provide child welfare leaders guidance on developing and implementing prevention plans while taking advantage of the provisions within the Family First. Part 1 & 2
- COA Offers Phased Accreditation Option: Help in the midst of COVID-19 for FFPSA mandated private organizations. More here.
- Kansas Family First Prevention Plan Approved: Read plan here
- Program Instruction Request Flexibility Information: Children’s Bureau released new Program Instruction (PI) to provide instruction and procedures to title IV-E agencies on how to request flexibility to specific requirements. Instruction
- Title IV-E Administrative Claims for Foster Care Candidates: Under the FFPSA, states can claim Title IV-E administrative costs for children receiving in-home services who meet specific criteria. Outline
- The Children’s Bureau released guidance regarding several areas of existing flexibility under title IV-E including enhanced foster care maintenance payment (FCMP) rates, modifying foster family home licensing standards and hazard pay for child welfare agency caseworkers. Letter from Jerry Milner
- Deadline and separate application for states to apply for FFTA funding removed in light of pandemic. Some states to distribute funding as aid in accrediting organizations. Letter from Jerry Milner
- 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