Daily Update December 1, 2016

Fate of the Families First Act Still Alive
There is one remaining "vehicle" which could carry the FFPSA before Congress leaves next week - the Continuing Resolution.
Advocates such as CWLA and FFTA, who are in favor of the bill, are reaching out to their Senators.  Family First Action

Daily Update November 30, 2016

Status of Families First Preservation Services Act

The House Rules Committee met last evening for a hearing on the 21st Century Cures Act, which included proposals from the Family First Preservation Services Act. Prior to the hearing  a number of Senators, including one from North Carolina, voiced objections. Subsequently, the entire Division D, including FFPSA, was removed from the 21st Century Cures Act prior to the hearing.   Representative Foxx from North Carolina referenced this at the hearing. She noted provider concerns in her disctrict about the FFPSA section of the bill.  Ms. Foxx recognized the hard work getting foster homes established and noted that many facilities are working on this who want children placed in good foster homes.  She hopes committees will look in the future for ways to support fine programs taking care of children who have been physically, sexually, and mentally abused in their own homes. Ms. Foxx recognized the work providers do to put children back in their homes and in foster homes. She stressed that there are some great places out there and they now have time to make their case that one-size does not fit all.  https://youtu.be/KMz9Jw81qe0?t=2353

From Association of Children's Residential Centers | Together the Voice

Family First Prevention Services Act

The FFPSA has been on the minds of many residential providers for the last year and a half due to the definition of a QRTP, a qualified residential treatment program, and the increased demands on providers to be accredited, show proof of family engagement, and have nursing staff on site, to name a few.  Over the past week, this piece of legislation has had a LOT of movement, ending with an unexpected twist just today. Here is a brief summary from ACRC Public Policy Co-Chair, Lisette Burton:

On Friday, Senate amendments, including those made to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), became a part of an expansive, bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. The 21st Century Cures Act is 996-page bill that covers many topics, from approval of prescription drugs, to funding health research, to mental health.  The last section of the bill, "Division D," included FFPSA, a reauthorization of TANF until September 2017, and the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act.  Up until late this afternoon, it appeared that the entire bill, including the child welfare provisions, would pass the House without issue or amendment and move on quickly to the Senate.  Due to objections from multiple Senators, the entire Division D, including FFPSA, was removed from the 21st Century Cures Act just before the scheduled hearing taking place this evening.  
At this point, the future of FFPSA is unknown, but it will not pass as part of the 21st Century Cures Act and is unlikely to pass the 114th Congress.

Should you have any questions, please contact Kari Sisson: ksisson@togetherthevoice.org

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