What’s Next for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse?

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has today updated its list of programs that are in line to be rated. The list can be found on the clearinghouse FAQ page.

Mental Health

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up [also listed under in-home parent skill-based]
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Incredible Years
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy [also listed under substance abuse and in-home parent-skill based]
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention

Substance Abuse

  • Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy [also listed under mental health and in-home parent skill-based]
  • Sobriety Treatment And Recovery Teams (START)
  • The Matrix Model
  • The Seven Challenges

In-Home Parent Skill-based Programs

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up [also listed under mental health]
  • Family Centered Treatment
  • Family Check-up
  • Family Spirit
  • Iowa Parent Partner Approach
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy [also listed under mental health and substance abuse]
  • SafeCare (Re-Review)
  • SafeCare Augmented
  • Youth Villages Intercept

Kinship Navigator Programs

  • YMCA Kinship Support Services, YMCA Youth and Family Services of San Diego County


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Interview on Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare

The IBM Center for the Business of Government has today released an interview with me on my recent report on evidence-building under Family First.

Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare (February 11, 2020)
Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities Under the Family First Prevention Services Act
http://www.businessofgovernment.org/report/scaling-evidence-based-programs-child-welfare

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Urban Institute Launches Child Welfare Evidence-Building Academy

The Urban Institute has announced a new no-cost Evidence-Building Academy for child welfare administrators and evaluators. The academy is intended to help participants develop rigorous program evaluations that will meet clearinghouse standards.

The academy will begin with a webinar on June 19 followed by a two-day in-person meeting in DC over the summer (to be replaced by an online meeting if the Covid virus situation warrants it).

The academy is being funded through an ACF grant.  The application deadline is May 15.

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Prevention Services Clearinghouse Releases New Program Ratings

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has today released new program ratings for services eligible for funding under Family First.

The pace of the reviews has been somewhat slow. To date, the clearinghouse has rated 25 programs that fall into one or more of the following four categories:

Mental Health Programs (7)

Substance Abuse (9)

In-Home Parenting Skills (9)

Kinship Navigator Programs (3)


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HHS Releases Prevention Services Planning Toolkit for States

ASPE, the planning and evaluation office at HHS, has today released a planning toolkit for states putting together their Title IV-E prevention services plans.

According to the brief HHS description, “This toolkit aims to help states develop a plan for Title IV-E prevention services, and to assist states in planning a comprehensive array of services to help prevent the need for foster care placement (“prevention services”) by braiding Title IV-E prevention services reimbursement with Medicaid and other funding mechanisms.”

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New Children’s Bureau Family First Resources

From the Children’s Defense Fund:

The Children’s Bureau has posted a new webpage regarding Title IV-E Prevention Program Plans. Most information was previously available on the website. However, two new pages will be a valuable resource for the advocacy community. One page details the Status of Submitted Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plans. The other details the Status of Submitted Independent Systematic Reviews.

The full Title IV-E Prevention Program Plan resource page is available at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/title-iv-e-prevention-program.

Sign up for their Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition email list here.

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Children’s Bureau Announces Funding For Navigator Program Evaluations

The Children’s Bureau has today released guidance to states, territories, and tribes on how to apply for new federal funding for evaluating kinship navigator programs.

Family First provides matching funds for evidence-based navigator programs, but so far none of the existing programs has met the law’s evidence standards.

So far, the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has reviewed the following three programs:

 

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Children’s Bureau Provides Family First Transition Act Funding Guidance

The Children’s Bureau has today released guidance to the states on how to apply for one-time implementation funding provided under the Family First Transition Act, which was enacted by Congress last December.

The law provides at least $500 million to states for implementation. States, territories, and tribes are given until April 30 to apply for the funds.

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Report: Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare

New report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government:

Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare (February 11, 2020)
Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities Under the Family First Prevention Services Act
http://www.businessofgovernment.org/report/scaling-evidence-based-programs-child-welfare

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Sign On Letter for Bill Creating Evidence-based Grants for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

From our friends at Results for America. Children’s Home & Aid and the Social Innovation Research Center have signed this letter and are helping to distribute it. You can read and sign the letter by clicking here.

I’m writing to ask you to consider joining Results for America in supporting the Increasing Opportunities for Former Foster Youth Act (S. 3025). Senators Grassley (R-UT) and Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced this bipartisan bill to improve services for older youth aging out of foster care. 

The bill would commit $100 million over five years to support 10 to 15 programs each year aimed at helping older youth in foster care transition into adulthood. More specifically, this new federal grant program would award validation grants to local governments, State governments, or private service providers proposing to invest federal funds in interventions with preliminary evidence of effectiveness; development and replication grants to support interventions that are working to build causal levels of evidence and interventions with the strongest evidence of effectiveness.

Please let us know by COB Wednesday January 29, 2020 if your organization would like to sign on.

You can sign on by completing this form.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Kate Tromble at kate@results4america.org or (202) 570-3122.

Kate Tromble
Vice President, Federal Policy
202.570.3122 | kate@results4america.org
www.results4america.org | @results4america

The current version of the letter, complete with signers, can be found here (last updated 2/7/20).


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