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Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Family First Prevention Services Act Collaborative Research Study

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) requires federally funded programs that aim to improve child welfare be evidenced-based and to be reviewed independently of the organization implementing them if not already approved by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The Department of Children, Youth, & Families (DCYF) has contracted with WSIPP to complete an evidentiary review of seven practices of interest to determine if they meet the effectiveness criteria of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in child welfare populations to reduce the need for foster care placement.

These seven programs are:

  1. Parent-Child Home (aka Parent-Child Plus)
  2. Circle of Security
  3. Promoting First Relationships (PFR)
  4. Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART)
  5. Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)
  6. PC-Care (PCIT UC Davis adaptation)
  7. Concrete Goods

This review of evidence is due to the DCYF by June 30, 2021.

Bailey Ingraham, (360) 664-9072

Update to Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Promising Practices for Prevention and Intervention Services for Children

The 2012 Legislature passed E2SHB 2536 with the intention that “prevention and intervention services delivered to children and juveniles in the areas of mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice be primarily evidence-based and research-based, and it is anticipated that such services will be provided in a manner that is culturally competent.”

The bill directs the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and the University of Washington Evidence-Based Practice Institute (UW) to publish descriptive definitions and prepare an inventory of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices and services, and to periodically updates the inventory as more practices are identified. The initial inventory was published in 2012, and in 2020 WSIPP published the tenth update.

For the 2021 update, WSIPP will review the inventory’s role in evidence-based policymaking in Washington State. Specifically, through stakeholder interviews across service areas, we will gather feedback about both current inventory use and potential revisions for future iterations of WSIPP’s inventory work.

This project goes through September 2021.

Rebecca Goodvin, (360) 664-9077 View Legislation

Short-Term Foster Care Support Services

The 2017 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to complete an evaluation of short-term foster care support. The legislation describes short-term support as case aides who provide temporary assistance to foster parents as needed with the overall goal of supporting the parental efforts of the foster parents. The short-term support does not include overnight assistance. The evaluation will, to the maximum extent possible, assess the impact of the short-term support services on the retention of foster homes and the number of placements a foster child receives while in out-of-home care, as well as the return on investment to the state.

A preliminary report was released in November 2018. The final report was originally due to the legislature by June 30, 2020. In 2019, the legislature passed SSB 5955 which extended the due date of the final report to June 30, 2021. In June 2020 Board, the WSIPP Board of Directors voted to extend the study deadline to June 30, 2023.
Rebecca Goodvin, (360) 664-9077 View Legislation