The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law as part of Public Law (P.L.) 115–123 and has several provisions to enhance support services for families to help children remain at home, reduce the unnecessary use of congregate care, and build the capacity of communities to support children and families. The law enables states and territories to use funds for prevention services, such as:
- Evidence-based mental health programs
- Substance abuse prevention and treatment
- In-home parent skill-based programs
- Kinship navigator programs
Any questions regarding the interpretation of FFPSA and its requirements should be directed to the Children’s Bureau’s Regional Offices.
To access the Children’s Bureau’s Information Memorandum, visit: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cb/im1802.pdf.
To view the Program Instruction for FFPSA, visit: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/pi1807.
To read FFPSA in its entirety, visit: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1892.
The following Center for States resources are relevant to specific requirements of FFPSA, and can support states, territories, and local jurisdictions when planning for FFPSA implementation.
Learn more about how the Center supports states developing prevention-focused systems and responding to the FFPSA.