Collaborative QRTP Planning and Implementation Tool

Use this tool to help meet QRTP requirements, clarify staff roles, and develop approaches to strengthen effective trauma-informed and healing-centered practices that truly support young people.

Publication year: 2023
Capacity Building Center for States


Since one of the Family First Prevention Services Act’s core goals is to ensure young people experience care in family-based settings, qualified residential treatment programs (QRTPs) are considered interventions at the far end of the continuum of child welfare services. They are designed to address the behavioral health needs of young people whose needs cannot be met in a family-based setting. This tool helps teams of agency staff, QRTP providers, and other partners explore youth- and family-centered strategies to meet QRTP requirements.

The tool has three sets of worksheets and activities that teams can use together to:

  • Explore approaches to meeting QRTP requirements around licensure and accreditation, appropriate clinical staffing, family engagement, and the use of trauma-informed treatment models
  • Plan and implement a high-quality and appropriate QRTP placement process
  • Reflect on the current quality of care within QRTPs and take collaborative steps to improve practice

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2023). Collaborative QRTP planning and implementation tool. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit the Capacity Building Center for States.

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