New federal law provides support to states and tribes in opting-in to Family First

December 30, 2019

In December 2019, President Trump signed into law the Family First Transition Act. The Family First Transition Act provides one-time funding of $500 million in support of state and tribal efforts to opt-in to Family First. States will receive funds based on an established formula, and Colorado is expected to receive $7.7 million. The Act also provides short-term gap funding to states, including Colorado, with expired child welfare Title IV-E waiver demonstration projects. No decisions have been made yet as to how the funding will be utilized and distributed. 

The year-end spending package also provided $2.75 million for Health and Human Services to support the Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, which rates and reviews prevention programs for eligibility for federal reimbursement under Family First.

Key provisions of the Family First Transition Act:

  • Adds short-term flexibility in implementing the evidence base threshold requirements for prevention services
  • One-time funding of $500 million divided among all states and tribes.
  • Short-term funding to the 22 states, DC and the one tribe currently operating Title IV-E waiver demonstration projects in FY2021 and FY2022. Colorado is one of the states to receive this short-term funding.    
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