Congress passes H.R. 1865 The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act with inclusion of The Family First Transition Act.
FFTA is bipartisan legislation we sent a call to action in November that would provide policy and financial aid to implement FFPSA. This means that Congress has now approved substantial funding to Ohio and other states to support Family First readiness, which is amazing news.
Thank you to those who joined us in contacting your Members of Congress and urging them to support FFTA – our lobbying efforts paid off! It passed with bipartisan support in both chambers and with 10 cosponsors from the Ohio Congressional delegation: Representatives Chabot, Gibbs, Gonzalez, Johnson, Joyce, Kaptur, Latta, Ryan, Stivers, and Turner. Because of its passage, states are now slated to receive:
$500 million in one-time transition funding to help states implement Family First ($18 million slated for Ohio)
More flexibility for states to utilize one and two star evidence-based Prevention programs
Short-term funding enhancement to states with expiring Title IV-E waivers (including Ohio) to help bridge the financial transition the waivers expiring nationally