Stronger Initial Assessments: Child and family teams (including the child/youth, family, and formal and informal support networks) will ensure a child’s first placement is the best placement, and that services are tailored to the strengths and needs of a child are delivered in a family-based environment, informed by a comprehensive up-front assessment.
Restructuring of Group Care: Group homes will become “short-term residential treatment programs,” utilized primarily for intensive treatment interventions, rather than a foster care placement. Children and youth currently in group homes will be transitioned to family-based care, when appropriate.
Revision of Rates: Foster care rates will change to reflect a child’s needs, rather than his or her placement type.
Unified Classification and Training of all Caregivers: All caregivers, regardless of relative/non-relative status, will undergo a uniform assessment process called Resource Family Approval, and all will be required to receive equivalent training.
Expansion in FFA Scope: FFAs will provide a core set of services that are trauma-informed and culturally relevant, including specialty mental health services. FFAs will be required to receive accreditation by a national accrediting body, and collect and make publicly available state-mandated performance measures.
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