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Pennsylvania DHS Office of Children, Youth & Families Releases Family First Prevention Services Act Bulletin

PA Office of Children, Youth & Families (OCYF) releases Bulletin 3130-21-03: Policies & Procedures for Implementation of Title IV-E Prevention Program under Family First Prevention Services Act.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS)

This bulletin provides information and guidance on new prevention services requirements for serving children and families as a result of the Family First Prevention Services Act (Public Law (P.L.) 115-123) (Family First). Specifically, these new requirements must be implemented as part of Pennsylvania’s election to participate in the federal Title IV-E Prevention Program established under Family First. Participating in this program provides Pennsylvania the opportunity to strengthen efforts to prevent out-of-home placement of children by expanding the use of evidence-based services and programs to better support families in their own homes and communities.

The requirements outlined within this bulletin are effective October 1, 2021. Questions regarding this bulletin or requirements may be directed to the applicable OCYF Regional Office.