Nicholas Residential Treatment Center is currently in the process of obtaining our Residential services accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. Why? The Family First Prevention Service Act (FFPSA) is U.S. legislation that was signed into law in February 2018. FFPSA restructures Title IV-E and Title IV-B funding to support prevention services for families at risk of entering the foster care system. Ideally, this will help to keep families together and prevent children from entering foster care unnecessarily.
Under FFPSA, only specified settings will be eligible for Title IV-E funding reimbursement. One of the eligible settings is a “Qualified Residential Treatment Program” (QRTP). Organizations can qualify as a QRTP if they:
Offer a trauma-informed treatment model
Have registered or licensed nursing staff available 24/7
Demonstrate family engagement and outreach
Provide discharge planning and family-based aftercare supports for at least 6 months post-discharge
Become licensed with their state, and
Achieve accreditation through an HHS-approved accreditor (such as COA).