SafeMeasures® Can Help With Family First Requirements

June 30, 2021 | Evident Change

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If your state received federal approval for its Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) plan, you may be well on your way to decreasing your reliance on foster care.

However, approval of a state’s plans to prevent children from entering out-of-home care, and the funding for prevention services that comes with approval, is not the end of the process but the beginning. FFPSA legislation requires tracking and monitoring specific expectations and data, such as how children are identified and served throughout their involvement in the child welfare system.

Does your state need support measuring its data? SafeMeasures® helps professionals working in our social systems by transforming an agency’s case management data into valuable information and meaningful metrics. A large range of reports can be created by SafeMeasures with your data to help you meet FFPSA requirements.

Here is some of what these reports can do for FFPSA–related categories.

Identify candidates who meet the criteria for prevention services.
Using your data and eligibility requirements, SafeMeasures daily reports can track and monitor FFPSA candidates, eligibility start dates, services that qualify, and assessment outcomes that impact future eligibility.

Track and monitor the length of time candidates are eligible for prevention services paid by FFPSA funds.
SafeMeasures can track how long a candidate has been eligible for prevention services and alert staff when eligibility limitations are approaching.

Track the number of days a child has been placed in a congregate care or group home setting where services are limited to two weeks.
When a child is placed in a congregate care or group home setting, keeping up with the number of day limitations can be difficult. SafeMeasures daily reports and alerts can help workers stay on top of short timeframes.

Identify when a child has been placed in a congregate care or group home setting and therefore requires a 30-day assessment.
SafeMeasures reports can specifically track and monitor lengths of stay in placements, including congregate care and group homes. When the two-week requirement has been met, SafeMeasures alerts the worker that an assessment is due. The outcome of that assessment can also be tracked and monitored.

Track the number of days a child has been placed in a congregate care or group home setting where services are limited to two weeks.
SafeMeasures alerts staff when that placement is reaching the 12-month limitation. ​

Identify when a foster home has reached the maximum number of children.
SafeMeasures identifies foster homes and provides daily information when a home is nearing its maximum capacity. 

States will need to identify many more reporting and tracking data points as they implement FFPSA. These are simply basic points noted in the act—and how SafeMeasures can help you take advantage of the opportunity to remedy the disconnect between the needs of families and the services offered to meet those needs. Successful implementation of the FFPSA should lead to better outcomes for children and families as they are able to remain together safely under the same roof.