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Policy Brief - The Family First Prevention Services Act: A New Opportunity for Expanded Service Delivery to Children and Families in Connecticut

The Family First Prevention Services Act represents one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting public child welfare and other child-serving systems in over 40 years. Among its many provisions, Family First allows child welfare systems to access federal funding to support prevention of out-of-home placement using evidence-based treatments, as opposed to providing funding of services for children who have already been removed from their homes.

This policy brief--co-authored by Allison Blake of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and CHDI’s Jeffrey Vanderploeg--explores how Connecticut can maximize the opportunities in Family First to strengthen families and provide access to prevention services for a broader population.


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Learn more about plans to implement Family First in Connecticut.

Learn more about CHDI's work to ensure children and families across Connecticut have access to trauma-informed evidence-based mental health treatments.

View Governor Lamont's press release (March 8, 2022) announcing federal approval of Connecticut's Family First Prevention Plan.