CSAC Bulletin Article

NACo Asks for Changes in Families First Act

July 28, 2016

The National Association of Counties (NACo) joined California, New York, and Wisconsin in our efforts to amend the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, which is moving through the U.S. Senate. The resolution seeking amendments was sponsored by the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), CSAC, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.

The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (HR 5446) is designed to prevent children from being placed in foster care by providing at-risk families with early-intervention services, as well as to reduce the number of youth who are placed in congregate care settings.

While HR 5456 includes a number of positive provisions, such as a first-time federal match for a limited set of prevention services, the bill would negatively impact California’s “Continuum of Care Reform” (CCR) implementation efforts. CSAC is continuing to undertake an aggressive lobbying campaign aimed at modifying HR 5456 when Congress returns to Washington, D.C. after Labor Day. You can find more details on HR 5456 here.

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