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Family First Readiness

Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Overview

The Family First Prevention Services Act, also known as Family First, was enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. Family First reforms federal financing to prioritized family based foster care over residential care by limiting federal reimbursement for certain residential placements. The new law includes federally funded, evidence based, time-limited preventive services for a specific population, to provide services to families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system. In addition, Family First provides new federal funding opportunities for kin navigator programs.

As we continue to await additional federal guidance and clarification on various key provisions, New York State has requested a two-year delay. If granted by the federal government, the previous implementation date of September 29, 2019, would be delayed until September 29, 2021, providing New York State the time necessary to respond to the various provisions mandated by Family First.

First in the Nation: Open-ended State Investment in Preventive Services

In June 2002, New York State passed landmark legislation that reformed state funding for child welfare services which consisted of

  • uncapped state funding for preventive, child protective, adoption, after are and independent living services, and
  • a foster care block grant capping state reimbursement to districts for foster care services.

With Child Welfare Financing Reform (CWF Reform), New York State became the first in the nation to provide open-ended state reimbursement for Child Preventive services. The premise underlying CWF Reform was that it was important to provide a reliable, uncapped source of funding for child welfare services and would encourage localities to invest in services that promote family stability and permanency for children in safe home-based settings. While foster care is an absolute necessary component of all child welfare systems, it is critical that there be a finance structure that encourages the provision of other services that might alleviate the need for foster care or reduce the time that foster care in necessary.

CWF Reform created a viable financial incentive for localities to provide non-foster care services when children do not need to be separated from their families in order to keep them safe from abuse, neglect or behaviors that endanger themselves or others.

CWF Reform lead to New York State’s foster care caseload significantly decline from 37,000 children in 2003 to 17,000 in 2017.

Stay tuned for upcoming support

  • Tapping into the Power of Data in Planning for Family First Prevention Services Act, NYPWA (January 2019)
  • Family First Readiness Webinars designed to inform and update partners regarding the various requirements in Family First.
  • Implementing Families First Preventive Services Act: Workbook for Change will provide additional guidance to ensure compliance. (Winter 2019)

NYS Family First Guidance

Requirements for Use of the NEICE

  • 18-OCFS-ADM-17, Requirements for Use of the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE)
  • OCFS-4714, National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) Confidentiality Non-Disclosure Agreement

Preparing Youth Aging Out of Foster Care for Adulthood

  • 18-OCFS-ADM-16, Providing Foster Care Placement Verification to Youth 18 Years of Age or Older Exiting Foster Care
  • OCFS-5184, Foster Care Placement Verification Form

Overview of Family First Prevention Services Act

Federal Guidance

Family First Prevention Services Act

  • ACYF CB-PI-18-12
    • Approval of a revised form for reporting financial data on the title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, Guardianship Assistance, Kinship Navigator and Prevention Services Programs (November 30, 2018)
    • This program instruction (PI) is to provide state, territorial, and tribal title IV-E agencies with the revised form and instructions approved by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for reporting quarterly financial information on the title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance, Kinship Navigator and Prevention Services Programs. This PI also provides continuing guidance for the submission of the Annual Adoption Savings Calculation and Accounting Report.
  • ACYF CB-PI-18-11
    • Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program (November 30, 2018)
    • Provides instruction for title IV-E agencies on the requirements for participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program.
  • ACYF CB-PI-18-09
    • State Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs (November 30, 2018)
    • This PI provides instructions on the requirements state title IV-E agencies must meet when electing the title IV-E prevention program.
  • ACYF CB-PI-18-07
    • Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act (July 9, 2019)
    • Provides instruction for 1) changes to the title IV-E plan requirements as a result of Family First that are effective as of January 1, 2018 and later; and 2) delayed effective dates for title IV-B/E plan requirements.
  • ACYF CB PI-18-06
    • Additional information and instructions for the Annual Progress and Services Report (May 31, 2018)
    • This PI provides guidance to states, territories, and insular areas administering titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and to Indian tribes, Indian tribal organizations, or Indian tribal consortia administering titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act on changes in law and funding affecting the information that must be submitted with the Annual Progress and Services Report due June 30, 2018.
  • ACYF CB IM-18-02
    • Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act within Division E, Title VII of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
    • This information memorandum informs states and tribes of the enactment of Family First and provides basic information on the new law. (April 12, 2018)

State Plans

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