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Program Details

FFTA Annual Public Policy Institute & TFC Advocacy Day - Washington, DC

Program Details

Monday May 6, 2019

Partnership for Public Service Conference Center, 1100 New York Ave. NW, Suite 200 East, Washington, DC 20005

9:00 am

Family First Prevention Services Act – Opportunities for your agency
Dr. Laura Boyd, Family Focused Treatment Association
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), signed by President Trump in February 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 October 2019 and October 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. 

10:00 am

FFPSA In Action – What you need to know
Christy Collins, Children’s Division, Missouri Department of Social Services
Ronnie Gehring, Chair, FFTA Virginia Chapter
Joanne, Kirk, Chair, FFTA New Jersey Chapter
Jennifer Larson, Division of Child and Family Services, Utah Department of Human Services
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 in October 2019. Our panelists will highlight how these states are developing their plans and preparing for implementation, and how they are working with their public agency partners to ensure that treatment family care is well integrated into their plans. Return home with tips and recommendations to share with your public agency partners who will collaborate with you on developing the FFPSA implementation plan in your state.

11:00 am

FFPSA and Primary Prevention Services
Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau and Acting Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)
FFTA is honored to again 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!

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

The Latest News from Key Congressional Staff
Panelists To Be Announced
One of the exciting offerings of the FFTA Public Policy Institute is the annual bipartisan panel of lead staff from the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee who bring us updates each year on major pieces of pending Federal legislation which impact child welfare, foster care and Medicaid.

2:15 pm

“Breaking News” on Treatment Foster Care
Laura Radel, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Melinda J. Baldwin, PhD, LCSW, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth & Families
Martha Heberlein: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) 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. Their recommendations will be completed before the Institute and will be presented to attendees. Likewise, a study on treatment/therapeutic foster care, conducted the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) was completed two 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.

3:45 pm

Child Welfare: A View from the White House
Presenters to be announced
FFTA is honored to be joined by staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council as we close out our day of public policy and advocacy education. Staff have accepted our invitation to come 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.

4:30 pm

Planning for TFC Advocacy Day on May 7th
We will review our talking points and logistics for our TFC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

5:30 pm


Tuesday May 7, 2019

Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, Room 2325

9:00 am

TFC Practice Can Influence Policy
Beverly Johnson, LCSW, Lilliput Families
Michael Logan, Children First
Kathleen Smith, LCSW-C, The Mentor Network
Jennifer Surratt, C2Adopt
Theresa Taylor, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
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.

11:00 am

TFC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
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