Several important provisions affecting child and family welfare — including advances in the prevention of child abuse and neglect — were signed into law in late December 2019 as part of the federal omnibus appropriations bill, including:

  • an increase in funding for The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). Federal funding for CAPTA has essentially been flat funded since fiscal year 2005. The budget package contains a $20 million increase over last year, including a $5 million increase for state grants and a $15 million increase for the community-based program. Adoption Incentive funding was continued at $75 million.
  • the Family First Transition Act, which accommodates implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).  States have been working on the implementation of FFPSA since its enactment in February 2018. FFPSA provides for the use of federal funds that were exclusively set aside for foster care services to be used in the prevention of the need for foster care services by supporting efforts to keep children safely with their families. Yet states needed support to successfully enact FFPSA by October 2021, which are included in this bill. The transition act includes a $500 million allocation of funds to help states and tribes ($9.9 million for Missouri and $4.7 million for Kansas) implement FFPSA. It also phases in a requirement for a very high standard of research category of programs and models that can be used in FFPSA implementation that made successful enactment of the act in 2021 nearly impossible.  

The budget bill also:

  • provides $25 million in funding for federal gun violence research. There has not been federal funding for gun violence research as a public health issue since the 1990s.
  • raises the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping products, from 18 to 21. 
  • boosts state opioid grants with $1.5 billion in funding.
  • repeals the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on nonprofit parking/transit benefits.

Thank you again for your interest and action on these issues. Education, housing and juvenile justice are also addressed in the appropriations packages, which you can review in this condensed breakdown.

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