The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) has released Bulletin 3130-21-03, entitled “Policies and Procedures for Implementation of the Title IV-E Prevention Program under the Family First Prevention Services Act.” 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 RCPA Children’s Director Jim Sharp as well as your applicable OCYF Regional Office.