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Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Overview

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The website is intended to support cross-sector collaboratives, community members, stakeholders and tribes in the planning and implementation of provisions within FFPSA Part I, FFPSA Part IV, and Assembly Bill 153 (Chapter 86, Statutes of 2021).

Family First Prevention Services Act

On February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 - Public Law (P.L.) 115-123 which includes the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law. The FFPSA amends the Title IV-E foster care program and revises Title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2 programs.

The objective of FFPSA is to enhance support services to families to help children and youth remain at home and reduce the use of congregate care placements by increasing options for prevention services, increased oversight, and requirements for placements, and enhancing the requirements for congregate care placement settings.

The following provisions are included in FFPSA:

  • Title IV-E reimbursement for evidence-based, trauma-informed prevention services.
  • Support for kinship (relative) caregivers.
  • Limits on congregate care placements.
  • Improvements to services for older and transitional-aged youth.

*Additional Provisions: (not addressed on this website)

  • Part I - Improving the Interstate Placement of Children and Extending Substance Abuse Partnership Grants.
  • Part III - Model Licensing Standards for Kinship Care Homes and Preventing Child Maltreatment Deaths; Tracking and Preventing Child Maltreatment Deaths.
  • Part V - Recruiting and Keeping Foster Families: Increased Financial Support through 2022; Extending John H. Chaffee Foster Care Independence Programs to age 23.
  • Part VIII - Ensuring States Reinvest Savings Resulting from Increase in Adoption Assistance.