May 21 from 1-2 p.m. CT

  • Free to Members and Nonmembers
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Webinar Description

As providers continue to adapt to complex changes under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), it is crucial for them to understand how elements of the act intersect with federal and state funding and regulatory programs. One of the major areas this legislation seeks to change is the way Title IV-E funds can be spent by states. There are also funding considerations with Medicaid, another important source of coverage for children and youth involved with the child welfare system.

This webinar will provide an overview of recent opportunities for Title IV-E reimbursement. Under FFPSA, states, territories, and tribes with an approved Title IV-E plan have the option to use these funds for prevention services that would allow “candidates for foster care” to stay with their parents or relatives. States will be reimbursed for prevention services for up to 12 months. A written trauma-informed prevention plan must be created, and services will need to be evidence-based, specifically rated as “promising,” “supported,” or “well-supported” in the Prevention Services Clearinghouse.

Another important consideration for community-based organizations is the cultivation of critical Medicaid relationships to draw down funds to meet the needs of children in foster care. Webinar participants will learn about the concept of value-based purchasing for services and the strategies and tools to contract with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. This will enable them to become more responsive in the new FFPSA-Medicaid marketplace while remaining focused on family preservation and foster care capacity and quality.

Family First Implementation Series
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) has significant implications for child welfare and family support policy and practice in the U.S. The federal finance shifts affect provisions for out-of-home care and family preservation, and the new focus on prevention and expanded intervention will substantially change service delivery models at state and local agencies. This webinar series will help participants in human-serving organizations understand the implications—and new opportunities—to implementing these public policies in their work and develop effective planning strategies and operational readiness.

Register for one or all three webinars in this series:

Learning Objectives

  • The definition of value-based purchasing and the contracting principles involved
  • Revenue maximization strategies in a value-based purchasing environment
  • Fidelity to evidence and funding sources for serving foster care populations
  • Options for leveraging current opportunities to deepen partnerships between the public sector (Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health) and private community-based organizations serving child welfare populations

Who Should Attend

  • Executives
  • Directors
  • Direct service staff


Uma S. Ahluwalia
Health Management Associates

Uma S. Ahluwalia is a respected health care and human services professional with extensive experience leading key growth initiatives in demanding political and legislative environments.

She is an expert in delivering innovative, reliable, cost-effective solutions and public policy strategies that improve operations and productivity.

Prior to joining Health Management Associates, she served as director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in Maryland. During her 12-year tenure, she led implementation of the Affordable Care Act, oversaw the move to a more integrated and interoperable health and human services enterprise, and managed public-private partnerships and programs.

Ahluwalia has over two decades of leadership experience in child welfare including as the interim director in the Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, D.C., and assistant secretary of the Children’s Administration at the Department of Social and Health Services in Washington state.

She has a master’s in social work from the University of Delhi in India and a specialist, post-master’s in health services administration from George Washington University. Over her 28-year career in human services, she has progressively moved from case-carrying social work to executive leadership at the state and local levels.

Heidi Arthur
Health Management Associates

Heidi Arthur, principal at Health Management Associates, has over 20 years of experience in delivery system redesign to promote community-based access to health and human services for those receiving publicly financed care. Her projects have focused on expanding access to integrated care, enhancing clinical models that maximize new financing options, and supporting community-based organizations to facilitate meaningful engagement in delivery reform. She has supported behavioral health providers in preparing for managed care, value-based payment, health homes, and new Medicaid funded services. Her successful government grant proposals have expanded and enhanced supporting housing, re-entry services, care access for those in the criminal justice system, child welfare and foster care programming, trauma treatment, services for veterans, health homes for those with serious mental illness, and more.

Arthur was formerly the vice president of a behavioral health consulting firm, where she oversaw more than 75 successful Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration projects including multiple Systems of Care planning and implementation initiatives. Other projects included program re-design based on the Building Bridges model, supportive housing for transition-age youth, multiple Primary Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) programs, early childhood initiatives, and many cross-system and interagency collaboration projects. Her recent work has focused on children’s health homes, support for managed care organizations newly serving foster children, and initiatives designed to promote Youth Mental Health First Aid and college suicide prevention.

Arthur previously held grants management positions for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Office of Mental Health, where she oversaw implementation of post-9-11 trauma response programming within schools throughout the NYC Department of Education. She formerly led a public-private partnership to provide training and technical assistance to child welfare workers throughout the New York Administration for Children’s Services, and she started her career by implementing one of the country’s early systems of care initiatives serving families affected by substance abuse.

Arthur also held positions in child welfare, including positions in investigation, foster care, and adoption.  She is co-editor and author of the book, Service Delivery for Vulnerable Populations: New Directions in Behavioral Health, for which she co-authored a chapter on Wraparound for youth with co-occurring conditions and juvenile justice involvement. Arthur is a frequent conference presenter and an adjunct lecturer and field instructor for the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Direct questions to Ilana Levinson, senior director, government relations at the Alliance.