Policy and Research Briefs

Family First Prevention Services Act

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law on February 9, 2018FFPSA seeks to prevent children from entering foster care by allowing federal reimbursement for services such as mental health services, substance use treatment, and in-home parenting skill training.

Quick Facts: Approved Prevention Services

Describes time commitments, costs, and training needs for services that have been reviewed by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse and received a rating of Well Supported, Supported, or Promising.

Tribal Prevention Services

Briefly describes prevention services that are culturally tailored to support American Indian families.

Submitting a Program for Review to the Prevention Services Clearinghouse

Provides a one-page summary of how to submit programs to the Clearinghouse for review.

Locating & Adapting Evidence-Based Practices

Identifies catalogs of evidence-based practices in the fields of human services, health, behavioral health, early childhood, and child protection and juvenile justice. Also includes resources on adapting evidence-based practices for different environments and to increase cultural competence.

Grant Resources for FFPSA Services

Lists organizations that fund trauma-informed and prevention services in Montana.

Family Search: A Call to Action

Provides rationale and action steps for identifying a network of supportive adults for all children entering out-of-home placement.

Family Engagement in Therapeutic Group Homes

Provides rationale and action steps for engaging the families and caregivers for all children in group homes.

Accreditation for QRTPs

Fast facts about the three approved accrediting organizations for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) under the Family First Act.

Family First Prevention Services Act Overview

Briefly summarizes the FFPSA requirements.

Trauma-Informed Practices Under the FFPSA

Discusses trauma-informed requirements under FFPSA.

Montana Kinship Navigation Program

Outlines the state’s kinship navigation program.

Montana FFPSA Readiness Assessment: Congregate Care

Presents the results of phone interviews with leaders of Montana congregate care providers about their questions, challenges, and concerns related to FFPSA implementation.

FFPSA Roundtable Evaluation Report 

Summarizes the input from a November 2018 meeting of providers regarding implementation of the FFPSA in Montana.

Zero to Five

Zero to Five is a multi-year strategic initiative focused on building resiliency for Montana’s youngest children. Launched in 2018 with seed funding from the Headwaters Foundation, Zero to Five is a community-led effort made up of local collaboratives and a central program office working together to improve the lives of children and their families.

Business of Breastfeeding

This brief provides an overview of the health benefits of breastfeeding, current outcomes, and the important investment organizations can make to support breastfeeding and the lifelong health of mothers and children.

Child Care Shared Services

This brief covers what a shared service model is, the benefits for local and states, case studies for both, and policy recommendations. 

Family Friendly Business Practices

This brief outlines what is family friendly business practices, employer solutions, and best practices.

Financial Assistance to Ease Child Care Cost Burden

This brief goes over why financial assistance is necessary, how to help, best practices and some case studies.

Improving Access to Care - Partnering with Employees

This brief discusses the why and how to improving access to care including best practice tips.

Paid Family Leave

This brief covers how paid family leave works, policy strategies, case studies, and what it means in Montana.

Additional Briefs

Medicaid Expansion Maternal Health Outcomes

Medicaid Expansion in Montana supports healthy Montana women and families.