Family First State Plans and Enacted Legislation

7/27/2022

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act was enacted in 2018 to overhaul child welfare systems throughout the country. At its core, the act is intended to focus resources on preventing child maltreatment and reduce the use of congregate care.

Many states found it necessary to enact legislation to align their child welfare laws with Family First. As of the end of 2021, 28 states and the District of Columbia have enacted bills and resolutions concerning Family First. Many of the new laws define “foster home,” “residential treatment center,” “kin” and other terms to align with the federal act. Others address funding for the implementation of evidence-based practices or kinship navigator programs. Some enactments establish requirements for performance audits or other reports to track and evaluate Family First implementation.

Arkansas, for example, enacted legislation to define “foster home” as a home that is licensed or approved as a foster home where a child in the foster care system is placed in the care of a licensed foster parent. Colorado amended its definition of “kin” to ensure kin are eligible for prevention services.

Georgia appropriated funds for the state’s child welfare automated information system and for a Family First project management team to oversee implementation of the act. Illinois enacted legislation that requires an audit of its Department of Children and Family Services’ compliance with Family First requirements to protect and affirm LGBTQ children and youth. 

In addition to passing legislation, 40 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have submitted Title IV-E prevention plans to the Children's Bureau for approval. As of July 2022, 24 plans have been approved and 18 are awaiting approval. 

The interactive map below displays enacted state legislation and the status of states' Title IV-E prevention plans. Click on individual states or the "Display All" button for additional information.

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Alabama

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AL HR 7 (2020) 

Summary: The Alabama House of Representatives resolves to focus on strengthening families through primary prevention initiatives and family first services to prevent the need for foster care.

Arizona

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AZ SB 1692 (2020) 

Summary: Requires the Department of Child Safety to produce a report to the joint legislative budget committee on the department's efforts to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. (See also: AZ HB 2909

AZ HB 2747 (2019)

Summary: Requires the Department of Child Safety to issue a report to the legislature on the department’s efforts to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Arkansas

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020) 

AR HB 1469 (2019) 

Summary: Amends the definition of “foster home” to align with the Family First Prevention Services Act. This includes adding the reasonable and prudent parenting standards to the definition and limiting a foster home to fewer than six children. 

California

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CA AB 136 (2021)

Summary: This bill, as part of the 2021-22 budget package, makes statutory changes to implement the Budget Act. This includes requiring the Department of Developmental Services to establish a community navigator program through family resource centers and to consult stakeholders by Aug. 31, 2021. Also requires family resource centers that receive funding through this program to report to the department and that those reports be posted to the department’s website. 

CA AB 89 (2020) 

Summary: California’s budget act. The Department of Finance may increase the expenditure authority for local assistance from the state Department of Social Services to support unanticipated costs related to the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, subject to documentation provided by the state Department of Social Services explaining the need for the resources. (See also: CA SB 808 and CA AB 1917

CA AB 74 (2019) 

Summary: Gives authority for the Department of Finance to provide increased funding to the state Department of Social Services in the event of unanticipated costs due to Family First. (See also: CA AB 190 and CA SB 73

CA AB 109 (2019) 

Summary: Allows the Department of Finance to increase expenditure authority to support unanticipated costs related to the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Colorado

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CO SB 277 (2021) 

Summary: The bill requires the state Department of Human services, beginning in state fiscal year 2024-25, to use the child welfare allocations funding model to determine the capped and targeted allocations for child welfare services and the funding required for adoption and relative guardianship subsidies, the independent living program, additional county child welfare staff, and family and children's programs. The formulas must include a performance-aligned component that supports the implementation and delivery of promising, supported or well-supported practices, as defined in the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. 

CO SB 278 (2021) 

Summary: The bill makes several changes to the current child welfare system, including ensuring that out-of-home placements in the Division of Youth Services align with the requirements of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act to qualify for Title IV-E reimbursement for such placements. 

CO HB 1248 (2021) 

Summary: Authorizes the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund to receive and distribute reimbursement funds associated with the Family First Prevention Services Act.

CO SB 162 (2020) 

Summary: Updates the definition of "kin" to ensure kin are eligible for prevention services. Updates the definition of "qualified individual" to clarify eligibility clarifying the elements of reviews of qualified residential treatment program placements to ensure the placement of children, juveniles and youth are reviewed initially by the court and not by the administrative review division. Updates language referring to children to include juveniles and youth to ensure delinquent youth are also identified as a population that is eligible for prevention services and meet the requirements for placements. Adds information about prevention services and the authority of county departments of human and social services (county departments) to provide prevention services, including developing a form to inform affected parents and caregivers of their rights and remedies. Requires that when a youth is committed to the state Department of Human Services, the court shall make additional findings to ensure the commitment is not the result of a lack of available appropriate placements. Adds requirements to a court to make specific findings when it deviates from the assessor's recommendation of a placement. Sets a new requirement that residential child care facilities must renew licenses annually; and requires the existing delivery of child welfare services task force to make recommendations on the reduction of state reimbursements for certain out-of-home placements on or before Dec. 15, 2020. 

CO SB 31 (2019) 

Summary: Concerns the composition of the child welfare allocations committee; increases the number of members on the child welfare allocations committee who are appointed by county commissioners; decreases the number of members on the committee who are appointed by the Department of Human Services. 

CO SB 195 (2019) 

Summary: Creates the Office of Children and Youth Behavioral Health Policy Coordination in the office of the governor. Creates the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Policy Coordination Commission and the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Advisory Council in the office. Specifies the duties, powers and composition of the commission and the council and makes an appropriation. 

CO HB 1193 (2019)

Summary: The bill amends existing programs that provide access to substance use disorder treatment to pregnant and parenting women. The bill creates child care pilot programs for parenting women engaged in substance use disorder treatment. 

CO HB 1308 (2019) 

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Human Services to establish and implement a foster care prevention services program for families with children and youth who are candidates for foster care but who can safely remain at home with receipt of foster care prevention services. Eligible recipients of foster care prevention services include children and youth and their parents, legal custodians, legal guardians and kin caregivers when their needs are directly related to the safety, permanent placement or well-being of the child or youth. If a child or youth is placed in a qualified residential treatment program, the court or the administrative review division of the department is required to review the assessment and needs of the child or youth and determine whether placement in the QRTP is appropriate. The bill requires the county department of human or social services to submit certain evidence to the court during each review and permanency hearing of a child or youth placed in a QRTP. The county department may provide foster care prevention services to a child or youth and the parents or kin caregivers of the child or youth upon the receipt of a report of intrafamilial abuse or neglect or human trafficking. The bill adds the federal Family First Prevention Services Act as a program to be administered by the department. The bill adds foster care prevention services to the definition of child welfare services. 

Connecticut

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022) 

Georgia

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GA HB 30 (Enacted Chapter 3, 2019) 

Summary: Provides funds to assess the readiness of congregate foster care settings to become accredited qualified residential treatment programs pursuant to the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

GA HB 31 (2019) 

Summary: Appropriates state funds for the state's child welfare automated information system to reflect Family First changes and appropriates state funds for a state Family First project management team to oversee implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

GA SB 225 (2019) 

Summary: Adds a definition for “family and permanency team” to statute. Aligns Georgia standards for “qualified individuals” and “qualified residential treatment programs” with the standards in the Family First Prevention Services Act. Creates procedures for placing a child in a qualified residential treatment program in line with the procedures in Family First. 

Hawaii

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022)

HI SB 1231 (2019) 

Summary: The Department of Human Services seeks to retain Family First federal reimbursements and all Title IV-E federal reimbursements to secure a stable source of funding for child abuse and neglect prevention, intervention and other services. 

Illinois

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021)

IL HB 2154 (2019) 

Summary: Requires the state develop a plan for the development of specialized therapeutic residential treatment beds similar to a qualified residential treatment program, as defined in the Family First Prevention Services Act, within 12 months of the bill’s effective date. Requires the state to submit a plan to the federal government to maximize funding available under Family First for mental health and substance use disorders treatment services. 

IL HR 362 (2019) 

Summary: Urges the state to support the federal Family First Prevention Services Act to decrease the number of newly enrolled children in the foster care system by using federally reimbursable services to families at risk of entering the child welfare system. 

IL SB 391 (2019)

Summary: Through a working group led by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services that includes the Department of Children and Family Services and residential treatment providers for youth and emerging adults, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, within 12 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, shall develop a plan for the development of specialized therapeutic residential treatment beds similar to a qualified residential treatment program, as defined in the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, for youth in the Family Support Program with high-acuity mental health needs. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Children and Family Services shall work together to maximize federal funding through Medicaid and Title IV-E of the Social Security Act in the development and implementation of this plan.  

IL SR 403 (2019) 

Summary: Directs the auditor general to conduct a performance audit to evaluate the Department of Children and Family Services’ compliance with its obligations to protect and affirm LGBTQ children and youth. Outlines provisions of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act requiring the Department of Children and Family Services to address disparities such as the overrepresentation of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, to recruit and support homes affirming of a youth’s orientation or identity, and to establish a system of accountability for homes that do not provide affirming care. 

IL SR 422 (2019) 

Summary: Urges the state to support the goals and provisions of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act to help decrease the number of children entering foster care. 

Indiana

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022) 

Iowa

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Family First Plan (Appoved 2021) 

IA HF 766 (2019) 

Summary: Creates a workgroup tasked with determining the impact and role of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act relative to the various funding streams and services under the purview of the workgroup. Instructs workgroup to recommend statutory and administrative policies and rules to coordinate the duties of the work group with implementation and administration of the act. 

Kansas

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020)

KS HB 2103 (2019) 

Summary: Concerns children and minors and relates to placement of a child in a qualified residential treatment program. Requires the ongoing assessment of the strengths and needs of the child continues in order to support the determination that the needs of the child cannot be met through placement in a foster family home, that the placement in a qualified residential treatment program provides the most effective and appropriate level of care for the child in the least restrictive environment, and requires placement to meet goals. 

Kentucky

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Family First Plan (Approved 2019) 

KY HB 158 (2019) 

Summary: Aligns state law for background checks for child serving agencies with the Family First Prevention Services First. 

Maine

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021) 

ME HP 360 (2021) 

Summary: Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to report on child abuse prevention efforts to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. Provides that the Department of Health and Human Services shall report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services on the department's comprehensive review of the continuum of child abuse prevention services, including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. 

ME HP 570 (2021) 

Summary: Provides for judicial review in compliance with the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act, defines qualified residential treatment program as a program within a licensed children's residential care facility that provides continuous 24-hour care and supportive services to children in a residential nonfamily home setting that meets certain requirements. Provides that the court shall conduct a hearing and determine the appropriateness of the placement within 60 days after the child enters the program.

ME HB 1274 (2019) 

Summary: Aligns state law for background checks with the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Maryland

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020)

MD SB 1043 (2019) 

Summary: Requires the juvenile court to conduct a hearing to review the status of a child placed in a qualified residential treatment program and make a determination within a certain period of time after the child enters the placement; requires the juvenile court to review the assessment and consider factors at a hearing; requires the juvenile court to state, in writing, the reasons for its decision to approve or disapprove the continued placement of a child in a qualified residential treatment program; etc. 

MD HB 100 (2019) 

Summary: Provides that $100,000 of the state general fund appropriation made for the purpose of administrative expenses in the General Administration–State program may not be expended until the Department of Human Services submits a report to the budget committees on: 1) the evidence–based practices implemented under the Title IV-E Waiver that will continue after the end of the waiver; 2) the evidence-based practices implemented under the Title IV-E Waiver that will expand to additional jurisdictions; 3) any new evidence-based practices that are being implemented in fiscal year 2020 or will be implemented in fiscal year 2021; 4) the source(s) of funding that will be used to continue or implement the evidence-based practices, including whether the practices will be eligible for Title IV-E funds as a result of the Family First Prevention Services Act; and 5) any other budgetary impact for fiscal years 2020 or 2021, including either the availability of additional federal fund reimbursement or additional general fund need, due to implementation of Family First provisions, particularly those related to the limitations on placements at residential child care institutions. 

Further provides that $250,000 of this appropriation made for the purpose of administrative expenses in the General Administration–State program may not be expended until the Department of Human Services submits a report to the budget committees detailing for each month of the period October 2018 through November 2019 and separately by type of hospital, the number of youth in out-of-home placements served in hospitals; the average hospital length of stay for youth in out-of-home placements; and the number of days these youth were in the hospital longer than was deemed medically necessary by either the hospital or a judicial finding. The report shall include information for all youth in the care of the department, regardless of whether the youth entered out-of-home care while in the hospital or prior to entering the hospital. The report shall be submitted by Jan. 1, 2020, and the budget committees shall have 45 days to review and comment. Funds restricted pending the receipt of a report may not be transferred by budget amendment or otherwise to any other purpose and shall revert to the General Fund if the report is not submitted. 

Michigan

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021)

MI SB 466 (2020) 

Summary: Adds the definition of qualified residential treatment programs to statute. 

MI SB 468 (2020) 

Summary: Implements qualified residential treatment programs in Michigan. 

MI SB 539 (2020) 

Summary: Updates regulations surrounding a child care institution to align with the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

MI SB 139 (2019) 

Summary: Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on the department budget. It also requires the department to submit a report to the senate and house fiscal agencies and the policy offices on the status of the department's planned and achieved implementation of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. The report must include, but not be limited to, an estimate of the 5-year spending plan for administrative and compliance costs, information regarding compliance with Title IV-E prevention requirements, the status of statewide compliance with the qualified residential treatment program requirements, the department's conformity with federal model licensing standards, the department's plan for tracking and preventing child maltreatment deaths, and the department's plan for extending John H. Chaffee foster care independence programs up to age 23. 

Minnesota

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MN SB 12 (2019) 

Summary: Directs the commissioner of human services to examine opportunities to implement kinship navigator programs in anticipation of reimbursement under the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

MN SB 14A (2019) 

Summary: Directs the commissioner of human services to review opportunities to implement kinship navigator models that would provide guidance and support to relative foster parents and children in out-of-home placement with relatives, in anticipation of reimbursement under the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Missouri

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MO HB 2014 (2020) 

Summary: Appropriates funds for an adoption resource center in northeast Missouri, prevention services and programs, home visiting services, family training, family and newborn health education services, and other programs authorized under the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Montana

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022)

MT HJ 48 (2019) 

Summary: Creates an interim committee to study services in Montana that will be supported by the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

MT HB 604 (2019) 

Summary: Strategic plan for developing and expanding prevention services—report to the legislature, the Department of Public Health and Human Services shall develop a strategic plan to apply for and use funding available under the Family First Prevention Services Act, Title VII of Public Law 115-123. The plan must review factors and propose strategies specific to Montana's urban and rural areas, as well as the state's Indian communities and reservations. The plan must: adopt definitions for integral Family First Prevention Services Act terms, including but not limited to: adverse childhood experiences; prevention services; trauma; and trauma-informed care. The plan must also inventory existing programs to determine whether existing programs or components of existing programs would qualify for Family First Prevention Services Act funding or could be adapted to qualify for funding. The plan shall review research and programs from other states related to prevention services and trauma-informed care; evaluate need and capacity for new prevention-focused services in Montana; and draft an evidence-based, trauma-informed plan for providing prevention services in Montana to be used in applying for Family First Prevention Services Act funding in 2021. The department shall involve a variety of stakeholders in the development of the strategic plan. The department shall provide a copy of the strategic plan to the Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee by Sept. 15, 2020. 

Nebraska

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Family First Plan (Approved 2019)

New Hampshire

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NH HB 4 (2019) 

Summary: The Department of Health and Human services shall expand home- and community-based behavioral health services for children to include mobile crisis response and stabilization services and make the following improvements to the child-serving system as recommended by the Adequacy and Enhancement Assessment and in alignment with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment. Also adds "trauma-informed" to the definition of child welfare services. 

NH SB 14 (2019) 

Summary: Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish one or more case management entities as part of the system of care for children's mental health; requires the Department to establish a family support clearinghouse and system of care advisory committee; expands home and community based behavioral health services for children to include mobile crisis response and stabilization services; defines evidence-based practices for purposes of children's behavioral health services. 

Requires the department make other improvements to the child-serving systems as recommended by the Adequacy and Enhancement Assessment and in alignment with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. 

New Mexico

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NM SJM 10 (2019) 

Summary: Requires the Administrative Office of the Courts to convene the family representation task force made up of experts on children law and the New Mexico legal system, to recommend models for legal representation of children and parents in child court proceedings on abuse and neglect. (See also: NM HJM 10

New York

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022)

NY SB 7503 (2020) 

Summary: Appropriates state funds including for services and expenses related to the implementation of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. (See also: NY AB 9503

North Carolina

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022)

North Dakota

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020)

ND SB 2069 (2019) 

Summary: Allows the director of the juvenile court to receive and examine requests for review of a child's placement at a qualified residential treatment program under the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

ND SB 2124 (2019) 

Summary: Administers, allocates and distributes any funds made available for kinship care services and payments and services in response to the federal Family First Prevention Services Act as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 [Pub. L. 115 - 123]. Requires the director of human services to calculate the total formula payment for each human service zone. Allows the expansion of the scope of human services to include kinship care services in response to the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Ohio

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021) 

Oklahoma

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021) 

OK SB 318 (2019) 

Summary: Adds definition of qualified residential treatment program and provides an effective date. 

Oregon

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021) 

OR HB 5026 (2019) 

Summary: Appropriates $4 million to support implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act by increasing in-home services and evidence-based services. 

OR SB 171 (2019) 

Summary: Allows the Department of Human Services to use qualified residential treatment programs; limits the placement of a child in a homeless, runaway or transitional living shelter that is not part of a qualified residential treatment program; and specifies requirements the department must satisfy prior to placing child in an out-of-state residential psychiatric treatment facility. 

South Carolina

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022) 

Tennessee

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Family First Plan (Approved 2022) 

Texas

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TX HB 2764 (2019) 

Summary: Revises provisions relating to caregiver training for substitute care providers for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services. 

TX SB 355 (2019) 

Summary: Requires the department to develop a strategic plan to ensure that the provision of prevention and early intervention services meets the requirements of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. The strategic plan must identify for federal approval a network of prevention and early intervention service providers to provide mental health, substance use and in-home parenting support services for children at risk of entering foster care and for the parents and caregivers of children and pregnant or parenting youth in foster care. The plan must also identify methods to: maximize resources from the federal Family First Prevention Services Act; apply for other available federal and private funds; streamline and reduce duplication of effort in providing prevention and early intervention services; and streamline the procedures for determining eligibility for prevention and early intervention services. The legislature must be notified of federal and private funding opportunities and identify opportunities to coordinate with independent researchers to assist community programs in evaluating and developing eligible services. (See also: TX H 4263

TX SB 781 (2019) 

Summary: Seeks to ensure Texas' residential treatment centers are ready to meet the higher standards of Family First. This bill encourages the state to support the provider community in building capacity towards federal accreditation for qualified residential treatment programs in compliance with Family First. Requires new residential treatment center applicants to thoughtfully compile a community engagement plan. 

Utah

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Family First Plan (Approved 2019) 

Vermont

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020)

Virginia

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Family First Plan (Approved 2021) 

VA HB 29 (2020) 

Summary: Provides for all appropriations including funds provided for training, consultation and technical support, and licensing costs associated with establishing evidence-based programming as identified in the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Evidence-Based Programs Clearinghouse. (See also: VA SB 29; VA HB 30; VA SB 30

VA HB 1700 (2019) 

Summary: Appropriates $851,000 from the general fund for training, consultation and technical support, and licensing costs associated with establishing evidence-based programming as identified in the federal Family First Prevention Services Act Evidence-Based Programs Clearinghouse. 

VA HB 2014 (2019) 

Summary: Aligns the Code of Virginia with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, defines qualified residential treatment program, fictive kin, and family and permanency team. A permanency team is defined as a group of individuals assembled by the local department to assist with determining planning and placement options for a child, which shall include, as appropriate, all biological relatives and fictive kin of the child, as well as any professionals who have served as a resource to the child or his family, such as teachers, medical or mental health providers, and clergy members. In the case of a child who is 14 years or older, the family and permanency team shall also include any members of the child's case planning team that were selected by the child. (See also: VA S 1678 and VA S 1679

Washington

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020) 

WA SB 5151 (2021) 

Summary: The definition of qualified residential treatment program is amended to mean a program that meets certain state requirements, qualifies for funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, and, if located within the state, is licensed as a group care facility. 

WA SB 6168 (Enacted— Partial Veto, 2020) 

Summary: Makes appropriations, including funds for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to leverage federal Title IV-E funds available under the Family First Prevention Services Act for qualifying services and families. The bill also funds a report that shall include the estimated share of the current population receiving home visiting services whom the department would consider candidates for foster care for the purposes of Title IV-E reimbursement under Family First, and the estimated workload impacts for the department to identify and document the candidacy of populations receiving home visiting services. (See also: WA HB 2325

WA HB 2525 (2020) 

Summary: Requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to contract with an external organization or organizations with experience serving youth or families receiving out-of-home care services to implement and operate the Family Connections Program in one location in Eastern Washington and one location in Western Washington. Requires the department to collect data and measure outcomes for families engaging in the program and provide a report that includes a plan for expanding the program by Sept. 1, 2021. (See also: WA SB 6422

WA HB 1109 (2019) 

Summary: Appropriates $7,586,000 of the general fund solely for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to leverage federal Title IV-E funds available under the Family First Prevention Services Act for qualifying services and families. In fiscal year 2020, the department shall work with the Department of Social and Health Services to complete an evaluation of kinship navigator services that would enable establishment of well-supported, supported or promising practice models. No later than Dec. 1, 2019, the department shall report to the governor and appropriate legislative committees on the feasibility of claiming federal Title IV-E reimbursement in fiscal year 2021 for home visiting services and kinship navigator services. The report shall include the estimated share of the current population receiving home visiting services whom the department would consider candidates for foster care for the purposes of Title IV-E reimbursement under Family First, and the estimated workload impacts for the department to identify and document the candidacy of populations receiving home visiting services. 

WA HB 1900 (2019) 

Summary: Defines prevention and family services and programs in alignment with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. Defines qualified residential treatment program, candidate for foster care, relative, and extended family member. Specifies social study requirements to include statement of harm to child that intervention is to alleviate, a description of the services and a statement of why removal is recommended rather than in-home services. (See also: WA S 5826

Washington D.C.

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020)

DC B24-0166 (2021) 

Summary: Appropriates funds, including funds to the Families First DC program, to deliver nutrition education, cooking lessons and healthy shopping lessons at Family Success Centers. 

West Virginia

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Family First Plan (Approved 2020)

Wisconsin

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WI AB 56 (2019) 

Summary: Allows foster care payments to be made on behalf of a child who is placed, with a parent, in a licensed family-based residential alcohol or drug abuse treatment facility. Requires the state Department of Children and Families to develop permanency for the child. (See also: WI S 59) 

Wyoming

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WY HB 11 (2020) 

Summary: Requires an assessment for children placed in a qualified residential treatment program; requires court review and presentation of information about the program; and defines terms. 

WY HB 170 (2019) 

Summary: Ensures all child protective services workers are trained on the federal Family First Prevention Services Act.