Family First Prevention Services Act

Opeeka's Person-Centered Intelligence Solution (P-CIS) and the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is a landmark federally supported opportunity to provide more supports and services to maintain children and youth in home-like settings with their natural caregivers and families. Certain requirements of the Act necessitate tracking and collection of additional information about families and how service systems identify and deliver care. This concept paper identifies how P-CIS will assist with critical aspects included in Part I of the Act.

P-CIS is an assessment and outcomes management solution designed to help organizations, agencies and their staff members to plan and guide person-centered care while measuring progress along personal trajectories of safety, permanency and success. It helps capture family circumstances in meaningful ways resulting in reliable, valid and consistently administered outcome measures affecting program participants or all persons receiving services.

P-CIS organizes information into areas of needs and strengths and tracks outcomes over time. It coordinates information about families into Story Maps, which better allows staff to recognize, understand, and respond to the effects of adversity or traumatic experiences using trauma-informed approaches that have proven successful for families with similar experiences. P-CIS transforms assessment data from any source or type, into a family report with notes for care plans, enhancing the information and the care delivery process.

P-CIS provides:

  • The ability to capture family circumstances in meaningful ways resulting in reliable, valid, and consistently administered outcome measures for all persons receiving services 
  • Real-time monitoring features to ensure that care results in positive outcomes relative to practices, services, programs, populations, and agencies 
  • Insights features to help to monitor level of care algorithms, placement decisions, program fidelity indicators, population needs, population outcomes, costs and more

FFPSA Concept Papers

A care prevention plan must be customized to meet the individualized strengths and needs of the child/youth and family. The first step is to assess and identify strengths and needs, and the second step is to match services, supports or activities to meet those needs and maximize or build strengths.

Often, gathering the information needed is an unstructured activity during which stories and emotions emerge and intertwine. Identifying and prioritizing child and caregiver strengths and needs is an orienting first step. Assessments which capture information about areas of strengths and needs are helpful tools to structure the process of information gathering. But professionals and teams often struggle to translate that assessment data into meaningful care plans. P-CIS uniquely supports this challenging task.

P-CIS provides visualization of longitudinal changes in outcomes as measured through assessment and reassessment. P-CIS supports defined schedules with automated reminders, a supervisor review process, and reports that measure change over time. P-CIS promotes practices that support reliable and valid outcome measures that are collected consistently and accurately for children, youth, and families.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

All types of questionnaire responses can be merged in P-CIS Insights to track outcomes related to practice and practice fidelity. The Insights help to identify which practices are impacting outcomes and at what level of fidelity. Filters drill into insights for specific populations.

Rigorous analysis (e.g., controlled logistic regression) continuously updates as data comes in, identifying what practices are impacting which outcomes. From this insight, efforts can be designed to improve practice and fidelity where they will make the most impact.

What the example analysis above portrays is that all practices are important, but they impact outcomes differently.

In this example:

  • Written plans including persons helping in decisions are associated with satisfaction with experience
  • Meeting weekly with inclusive decisions demonstrates the impact on satisfaction with progress
  • Among these three practices, including persons in helping to make decision for their care is the primary practice associated with how a person feels about improvements in their life

From these results, an agency can identify care teams that may not be emphasizing these practices and can communicate to them about the evidenced importance of these practices while providing additional training and coaching.

FFPSA Webinar Series

Helping Agencies Meet the Requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act Part I

Helping Agencies Meet the Requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act Part II