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Comments on Family First Act submitted

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first federal register request for comments related to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) June 22, and PCSAO responded last week.

FFPSA passed in February and represents the most substantial change to child welfare federal financing in decades. The register focused on decisions related to the development of a clearinghouse of evidence-based practices in accordance with the FFPSA.

PCSAO supports the new law, which allows Title IV-E funds to be used for prevention and which limits use of residential care, but has doubts about whether Ohio will have the necessary infrastructure in place so that costs are not shifted to counties. To that end, PCSAO submitted comments to HHS July 20. Comments related to the type of prevention programs and services that should be selected for the clearinghouse, target population of interest, target outcomes, trauma-informed interventions, delivery setting of services, study eligibility criteria, study prioritization criteria, and recommendations of potential candidate programs and services.