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TitleAlignment of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and the Local CSA Process (Proposed SEC Policy 3.7)

Background and Summary: On July 1, 2020, the Commonwealth will implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) (Public Law 115-123) which was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2018. The FFPSA establishes a new program and an associated funding source to deliver prevention services for children (and their families) who are at risk of entering foster care. The funding mechanism is Title IV-E of the Social Security Act and is 50% federal participation / 50% state matching funds. These federal reimbursements will flow through the state’s Title IV-E agency, the Department of Social Services. Virginia unique Children’s Services Act creates a collaborative, interagency system of funding to serve children and families, including those receiving foster care prevention services. Alignment of FFPSA implementation by local departments of social services and the local CSA teams is a necessary aspect of effectively addressing the needs of children and families.
The proposed SEC policy will require local Community Policy and Management Teams (CPMT) under the Children's Services Act to develop and implement a policy defining how the locality will align CSA activities with the new federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

Intent of Proposed Policy: The proposed policy will address the SEC’s stated intention to facilitate alignment between all entities involved in the CSA system by having local CSA leadership thoughtfully address the issues of alignment as they apply to the FFPSA. The proposed policy is permissive – it does not specify how each locality will address this alignment, only that key areas of action be considered and addressed. The policies developed under this action will provide for clarity, elimination of duplicated efforts, and accountability.
The Office of Children’s Services and the Virginia Department of Social Services will provide resources and support to local CSA teams and departments of social services in addressing the requirements of the proposed policy.

Suggested Language: Community Policy and Management Teams shall establish policies and procedures for the alignment of foster care prevention services funded through Title IV-E and the Family First Prevention Services Act (Public Law 115-123) with the local Children’s Services Act program. Such policies and procedures shall address referrals of foster care prevention cases to the Family Assessment and Planning Teams (FAPT) and the roles and responsibilities of the FAPT and Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT).

Date of SEC Action: March 12, 2020
Stage: Notice
Date/Stage of Next SEC Action: June 11, 2020 – Proposed Stage for a minimum of 60 days of public comment.
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