DCYF not only needs all of it’s current BRS partners, it needs to grow BRS placements to work toward serving the vast majority of youth inside of Washington state. DCYF has no intention of cutting off contracts for non-QRTP’s on October 1, 2019. That said, DCYF will be dependent on getting backfill for Title IV-E funding for BRS from the legislature and would want to continue working with providers on moving towards the quality elements required under Family First.

Family First allows for delay of the congregate care provisions for up to two years. However, a state choosing to delay the congregate care provisions must also delay the implementation of claiming Title IV-E for prevention services. Washington is very excited to expand prevention services so is unlikely to seek a delay or extension. This does not preclude allowing for delay by switching temporarily to state funding for BRS services for entities that don’t meet QRTP standards day one.

The QRTP requirements are necessary for all non-family homes where the state wants to claim Title IV-E. In order to exempt certain providers from QRTP standards, we would have to switch these providers to mostly state funding. The only potential alternative would be to exempt entities who serve youth at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. There is also the ability to keep claiming IV-E on youth placed prior to October 1, 2019, as long as the youth remains in the same placement.

It seems plausible that the Feds could consider some portion of the BRS population to be at-risk. However, we will need to negotiate how that will actually be applied.

DCYF is very interested in supporting providers towards the accreditation process. We are trying to determine if our budget can support any investment this year. We are interested in establishing funding for this at the beginning of next fiscal year.