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News from the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse recently announced the approval of two additional prevention services: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which would address traumatic memories, and Parents Anonymous, which provides individualized supports to parents and children in separated group settings. Both were rated as "Supported". There were several others that were announced that were rejected: Alternatives for Families, Parent Connectors, and Together Facing the Challenge.

They also announced that it would reconsider the candidacy of Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention program, also known as ProtectOHIO. The clearinghouse dismissed the findings in March 2020 due to issues over “baseline equivalence,” essentially saying it was not clear if the comparison group and treatment group were enough alike.

One of the evaluation’s co-authors re-ran the data to conform with the clearinghouse’s standards, and believed the findings would hold up. More than a year later, the clearinghouse will re-review it. If the Ohio model gets approved, it will be the first kinship navigator to do so.

In addition to the re-review of ProtectOHIO, the Clearinghouse is currently assessing a California kinship navigator program operated by the nonprofit Lilliput. All Kinship Navigator programs that have already been reviewed have been rejected. The working list of over two dozen programs being reviewed can be viewed here.

There are now 36 programs rated Well-supported, Supported, or Promising, including the two newly rated EMDR and Parents Anonymous, on the Clearinghouse website.

*The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was developed in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 to rate certain child and family supports and services promising, supported, and well-supported for the purpose of Title IV-E funding. These practices include mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services and in-home parent skill-based programs aimed at preventing children from entering child welfare.


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