The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), enacted as part of Public Law (P.L.) 115—123, authorized new optional title IV-E funding for time-limited prevention services for mental health, substance abuse, and in-home parent skill-based programs for children or youth who are candidates for foster care, pregnant or parenting youth in foster care, and the parents or kin caregivers of those children and youth.
To support implementation of the title IV-E prevention program, the Children’s Bureau issued subregulatory guidance in the form of Program Instructions and provided clarifications about the program requirements through Information Memoranda.
- ACYF-CB-PI-18-07 - Among other things, this Program Instruction clarifies that if a title IV-E agency requests a delayed effective date for certain provisions of the Social Security Act (471(a)(37), 472(k), 472(c), 475A(c)), the effective date for claiming for title IV-E prevention services is also delayed for the same period of time.
- ACYF-CB-PI-18-09 - This Program Instruction provides instructions to state title IV-E agencies on the title IV-E prevention program requirements. Attachment C of the program instruction provides the HHS Initial Practice Criteria and First List of Services and Programs Selected for Review for the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse.
- ACYF-CB-PI-18-10 - This Program Instruction provides instructions to tribal title IV-E agencies administering or supervising the administration of title IV-E under sections 479B and 471(a) of the Social Security Act on the title IV-E prevention program requirements.
- ACYF-CB-PI-19-06 - This Program Instruction describes procedures for states to claim transitional payments for title IV-E prevention services and programs.
- ACYF-CB-IM-18-02 - This Information Memorandum informs states and tribes of the enactment of FFPSA and provides basic information on the new law, including the title IV-E prevention program.
- ACYF-CB-IM-19-04 - This Information Memorandum provides an Evaluation Plan Development Tip Sheet, which may assist states in meeting the requirements of the title IV-E Prevention Services program.
- ACYF-CB-IM-20-01 - This Information Memorandum informs state and tribal title IV-E agencies of the enactment of the Family First Transition Act (within P.L. 116-94) and provides basic information on the new law.
- ACYF-CB-IM-21-04 - This Information Memorandum clarifies how allowable adaptations to evidence based programs and services that have been rated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse can be used to provide flexibility for tribal communities under state title IV-E prevention programs, and to encourage state IV-E agencies to identify with tribes which services will be most helpful and to work with tribes to make allowable adaptations to services that will be responsive to tribal culture.
- Technical Bulletin #1 - Title IV-E Prevention Program Data Elements - This technical bulletin provides information for title IV-E agencies on the data elements to be submitted for each child who receives title IV-E prevention services, as required by FFPSA.
- Technical Bulletin #2 - Title IV-E Prevention Program Data Submission Timelines - This technical bulletin provides information for title IV-E agencies on the title IV-E prevention program data collection timelines the Children’s Bureau (CB) will use to manage data submission.
Child Welfare Policy Manual
The Child Welfare Policy Manual contains policy questions and answers applicable to child welfare programs operated by the Children's Bureau. The manual addresses nine main policy areas (with detailed subsections). Section 8.6 of the Child Welfare Policy Manual provides questions and answers (Q/As) regarding the title IV-E prevention program.
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, 2018-2023
The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an independent systematic review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. The Clearinghouse, developed in accordance with FFPSA, rates programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, and does not currently meet criteria. Relevant practices include mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services and in-home parent skill-based programs, as well as kinship navigator services.
- The Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures (Published: April 26, 2019)
- The latest Clearinghouse Introduction to the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Standards and Procedures webinar Visit disclaimer page includes an overview of the Handbook of Standards and Procedures.
- Frequently Asked Questions Visit disclaimer page
Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plan
Title IV-E agencies that elect to provide the title IV-E prevention program must submit a five-year plan for their title IV-E prevention program to the Children’s Bureau for review and approval (ACYF-CB-PI-18-09). The status of submitted title IV-E prevention program five-year plans may be accessed through the link below.
Independent Systematic Reviews to Claim Transitional Payments for Title IV-E Prevention Services
The FFPSA requires that state title IV-E prevention services must be rated promising, supported, or well-supported in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criteria and be approved by HHS. The Children’s Bureau issued ACYF-CB-PI-19-06 to provide instruction on the procedures to claim transitional payments for services and associated costs under the title IV-E prevention program until the Prevention Services Clearinghouse can review and rate the program or service. The status of independent systematic reviews currently in review or approved by HHS may be accessed trough the link below.
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) authorized new optional title IV-E funding for certain time-limited prevention services through creation of the title IV-E prevention program. On March 9, 2020, the Children’s Bureau hosted a webinar to provide an update on the implementation of the title IV-E prevention program and to assist title IV-E agencies and their partners developing prevention plans in their jurisdictions. The webinar and presentation slides may be accessed through the links below.
This letter from the Children’s Bureau notifies child welfare leaders that agencies, under applicable circumstances, can make virtual adaptations to programs and services provided through the title IV-E prevention program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please contact the regional office for your state or jurisdiction.