FFPSA Readiness Fund

 

About the FFPSA Readiness Fund - QRTP and STGC Preparation

In accordance with requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), the goal of the FFPSA Readiness Fund - QRTP and STGC Preparation is to assist in ensuring that Florida has the ability to provide sufficient capacity of Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) and Specialized Therapeutic Group Care (STGC) services to members of the Child Welfare Specialty Plan who qualify for this level of care.

 

We recognize that there are significant financial impacts to our current and prospective providers of these levels of care. In order to ensure that our members are provided high quality care and prevent placement disruption, the CWSP Reinvestment Fund aims to offer a low-barrier application process which will expedite distribution of needed funds to qualifying providers. Examples of qualifying expenses may include, but are not limited to, best practice curricula, training for staff, expenses related to accreditation, expenses related to security, safety and technology and/or ongoing costs related to STGC licensing and/or QRTP credentialing. Applicants may receive up to $15,000 in assistance.

 

In order to access the current funding, qualifying providers must meet the following criteria:

  1. The provider must be an approved Florida Medicaid provider;

  2. The provider must be a current approved network provider, or in the process of becoming an approved provider, with the Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan;

  3. The provider must currently be licensed, or in the process of becoming licensed, as a Specialized Therapeutic Group Care (STGC) provider in the State of Florida.

  4. The provider must be currently credentialed, or in the process of becoming credentialed, as a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) in the State of Florida.

IMPORTANT: Each qualified applicant may receive up to $15,000 in assistance, while funds are available. Applications will be evaluated in the order in which they are received.

 

About the Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan Reinvestment Fund:

 

The Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan Reinvestment Fund was created in 2017 by the partners of the Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan, a Florida Medicaid Managed Medical Assistance Program designed to provide services to Florida Medicaid-eligible children under the age of 21 years who have an open case in the Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN) and Florida Medicaid-eligible children who have been adopted through the state’s child welfare system and are receiving a state adoption subsidy. The Child Welfare Specialty Plan is administered by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which contracts with Sunshine Health to serve this specialty population. Sunshine Health sub-contracts with Community Based Care Integrated Health (CBCIH) to perform critical functions of the Child Welfare Specialty Plan.

 

While tremendous strides have been made in providing comprehensive healthcare coverage to youth in foster care under Sunshine Health’s Child Welfare Specialty Plan, gaps in coverage still exist. In addition to working alongside colleagues at the Florida Department of Children and Families to expand coverage, this partner-funded reinvestment plan is designed to proactively address the following priorities:

 

  • Fund programs designed to increase system capacity and to make the provider network more robust.

  • Fund programs designed to address gaps in Medicaid coverage for youth in foster care.

 

The CWSP Reinvestment Fund is managed on behalf of the partners by Embrace Families Foundation, Inc.