The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was tucked away inside a spending bill signed by President Donald Trump in February 2018. The Act offers support for keeping families together by incentivizing preventative measures for children who are at-risk of entering foster care. With the passage of this bill, more government money will go toward at-home parenting classes, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment. Starting October 2019, states will be reimbursed for keeping children with their families. Before, states were only reimbursed when a child was placed into their care.
In order to allocate money to these preventative measures, the federal government will only reimburse states for children in group care for up to two weeks. The only exception to this time-limit is a “Qualified Residential Treatment Program” for children who require around-the-clock licensed care.
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