Tribal Briefing & Consultation: Title IV-E Prevention Services Program

On February 9, 2018, the President signed into law Public Law 115-123, which included the Family First Prevention Services Act. This law made major changes to federal child welfare programs authorized in titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. The changes include a new optional program that will allow states and tribes operating the title IV-E program to use title IV-E funds to offer time-limited mental health and substance abuse treatment services and in-home parent skill-based programs to certain children, youth, and families to prevent children from entering foster care.

This law also has requirements for research-based evidence standards that prevention services must meet, as well as provisions for evaluation, performance standards, and reporting requirements for title IV-E agencies. Yet, the law recognizes that tribes operating the title IV-E program may need extra flexibility. This will allow tribes to offer services and programs that address their needs.

The Children’s Bureau, a part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), would like input from Tribal Leaders before developing implementation guidance. On August 27th and 29th we are holding tribal consultation teleconferences on implementing the new Title IV-E Prevention Services Program. There will also be an in-person tribal consultation on September 13th to discuss the Title IV-E Prevention Services Program and issues affecting other ACF programs.

To prepare for the consultation, the Children’s Bureau is offering a webinar briefing for Tribal Leaders and members of their staff on August 14th. The briefing will provide more details about the Title IV-E Prevention Services Program and discuss areas where tribes may need extra flexibility.

Register for the August 14, 2018 briefing from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Register for the first Tribal Consultation on implementation of the program on August 27, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Register for the second Tribal Consultation on implementation of the program on August 29, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT