The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities posted updated overview of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) today. It offers highlights to the new law, which can be reviewed in its entirety online. FFPSA provisions are on pages 169-206.

This week, Jerry Milner, acting associate commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, offered commentary on the new law this week in the op-ed, Family First is a Good First Step, but True Prevention is Key.

In the piece, he comments on FFPSA and describes a provision that is in the president’s proposed budget that would “… allow states to opt into a flexible funding approach to use Title IV-E funds under a capped allocation, very similar to the existing IV-E waiver flexibilities that can be used to strengthen the protective capacities of families long before child welfare services are needed. In short, this will allow states to work with families earlier, to get them what they need and to prevent bad things from happening to children.” The Alliance is seeking additional information on this provision.

The Alliance is very interested in hearing from Alliance members who may have questions or insights to share as processes begin across the country to implement the law. Email Marlo Nash with any input or questions. Also participate in the Alliance Federal Policy Update webinar Feb. 22 from 2-3 p.m. CT to share and learn more about FFPSA.

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