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FFTA Pubic Policy Institute and TFC Advocacy Day
Monday, May 06, 2019, 8:00 AM to Tuesday, May 07, 2019, 5:00 PM PDT
Category: Nonmember Events

FFTA Pubic Policy Institute and TFC Advocacy Day is May 6-7

FFTA’s 16th Annual Public Policy Institute and Treatment Family Care Advocacy Day is scheduled for May 6-7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) will have a significant impact on all areas of child welfare, including treatment foster care, kinship, prevention, congregate care and adoption. This legislation provides numerous opportunities for your agency to provide prevention, intervention and reunification services. There is a lot to learn and the Institute is designed to help.

Panels, presentations and discussions will provide participants with information to prepare your agency for what is ahead in the implementation of FFPSA. Get the most up-to-date information on the federal guidance for this legislation and learn from FFPSA implementation strategies that are currently underway across the country. You will return home with ideas for action to share with your agency partners and inform their plans, as you work together to prepare for FFPSA implementation in your own state.

The TFC Advocacy Day provides opportunities to meet with members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for the children and families we serve and the treatment services they need. Advocacy through face-to-face meetings is the most effective way to get your message across and only a small portion of child welfare professionals ever have the opportunity to walk the steps of Capitol Hill.

Another benefit of attending this event is meeting with other child welfare professionals from across the country who also understand the significance of public policy and the important responsibility we have of being a vocal advocate. Don’t wait, secure your seat at the only national public policy event on treatment family care, and register today.
Register at ffta.org/ppi or call 800/414-3382, ext. 113.

FFTA 16th Annual Public Policy Institute and TFC Advocacy Day Program Details

Family First Prevention Services Act – Opportunities for your agency

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), signed by the President in 2018, is the most expansive change to the child welfare and foster care systems in more than 25 years. All private agencies will be impacted by FFPSA as states adopt a new system of services and reimbursements between 2019 and 2021. Explore the opportunities for your agency, particularly in the areas of: treatment foster care, kinship care, Qualified Residential Treatment Programs, treatment family care as a prevention service for “candidates of foster care,” and treatment family care for reunification and permanency for youth in foster care.

FFPSA In Action – What you need to know

FFPSA requires public child welfare entities to “cooperate and collaborate” with private providers in the implementation of the exciting and complex details of the Act. Learn from the experiences of four diverse states that have announced their intention to begin FFPSA this year. Learn how these states are developing their plans and preparing for implementation. Return home with tips and recommendations to share with your public agency partners as you collaborate on developing the FFPSA implementation plan in your state.

FFPSA and Primary Prevention Services

FFTA will welcome Dr. Jerry Milner who can discuss the progress of FFPSA implementation and the Administration’s focus on improving the health and welfare of vulnerable children and families throughout the U.S. If you haven’t experienced Dr. Milner “up close and personal,” you don’t want to miss the opportunity for this intimate exchange of ideas, questions and suggestions!

The Latest News from Key Congressional Staff
A bipartisan panel of lead staff from the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee who will bring us updates on major pieces of pending federal legislation which impact child welfare, foster care and Medicaid.

“Breaking News” on Treatment Foster Care

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission was instructed by Congress in 2018 to conduct a review of treatment/therapeutic foster care practices and challenges and to make a report to Congress and their recommendations will be presented to attendees. Likewise, a study on treatment/therapeutic foster care, conducted the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation was completed 2 years ago. Additional analysis will be presented that examined patterns of children’s placement in TFC, such as length of stay and demographic characteristics of youth in TFC.

Child Welfare: A View from the White House 

FFTA is honored to be joined by staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council who will share the Council’s goals and aspirations for child welfare, FFPSA, foster care, TFC, kinship care and policy priorities focused on improving the lives of children, youth and families.

Key Components of Successful Treatment Family Care

Hear from topical experts from across the country about what is working within key areas of treatment family care — all of which are integral to delivering on FFPSA. Areas we’ll explore include foster parent recruitment, kinship care, immigration, reunification and adoption.

TFC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

FFTA will head to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for the children and families we serve and the treatment services they need.