Guide to Unlock Funding for Functional Family Therapy

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Functional Family Therapy (FFT) stands as a beacon of hope for at-risk youth and their families, offering a pathway to healing, resilience, and transformation. As an evidence-based practice, FFT can be used for family preservation efforts, reducing the need for at-risk youth to enter group homes or the foster care system. 

At FFT LLC, we are committed to the proliferation and success of FFT programs across the globe. A crucial aspect of this mission is securing the necessary funding to support the implementation and expansion of FFT programs.  

This blog post aims to demystify the funding process and provide insights into securing the financial support required to bring FFT to more communities in need. 

Understanding the Different Funding Sources for FFT Programs

The financial backbone of FFT programs can come from a diverse array of sources, each with its own set of guidelines and intended use cases. Key among these are Medicaid and the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) funding, both of which have been instrumental in supporting family preservation programs. 

Medicaid FFT Funding

As a significant source of evidence-based program funding, Medicaid can cover various aspects of FFT. This includes therapy sessions, case management, and other related services that fall under the behavioral health umbrella.  

Navigating Medicaid funding requires alignment with state-specific guidelines and ensuring that FFT providers are recognized as eligible service providers. 

Download our brochure to learn more about Medicaid and FFT funding. 

FFPSA Funding

FFPSA funding supports states in their quest to preserve at-risk families. FFPSA funding is especially pivotal for organizations focusing on preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening family bonds.  

This funding stream can only be used to finance evidence-based programs, meaning that controlled studies have validated that the programs are effective at reaching their goals. One such evidence-based program is FFT.  

Organizations must navigate these and other funding streams thoughtfully, matching their programmatic needs with the specific opportunities each source offers. Understanding the eligibility criteria, application processes, and funding scope is crucial in identifying the best. 

Download our fact sheet to learn more about FFPSA and FFT funding. 

Other Funding Streams 

Additional sources, such as grants from private foundations, state-specific funding opportunities, and federal grants targeted at juvenile justice and mental health initiatives, can also support FFT programs.  

The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Child Welfare Information Gateway outline numerous categories of funding streams available to support child welfare services, mental health services, family counseling, and more. 

These funding streams include: 

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which can be used to support multi-service agencies and housing development projects. 
  • John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (Chafee), which can fund resources that support self-sufficiency for current and former foster care youth.  
  • Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) (Title IV-B), administered by child welfare agencies. 
  • Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies, which are administered by school districts to support academic and social-emotional services in schools.  
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP), which can fund housing services to help young, unhoused people secure permanent housing.   

These funds often require a detailed proposal outlining the program's objectives, evidence base, and potential impact on the target population. 

Learn more about FFT and Medicaid

Strategies for Navigating Funding Sources for FFT 

Navigating these funding sources requires a strategic approach.  

  • Understanding Eligibility: Familiarize yourself with the criteria for each funding source, including service populations, program requirements, and evidence standards. 
  • Aligning FFT with Funding Goals: Tailor your funding applications to demonstrate how FFT addresses the specific objectives of each funding source, emphasizing its effectiveness in family preservation and youth rehabilitation. 
  • Building Partnerships: Collaborate with local and state agencies, schools, and community organizations to leverage their support and potentially access a wider array of funding opportunities. 
Key Infrastructure Capacities to Fund 

Beyond identifying funding sources, building and maintaining fundamental infrastructure capacities is essential for the sustained success and fidelity of FFT programs.  

Human Resources 

Recruiting and retaining skilled therapists and support staff are critical, as is training FFT providers. Funding must account for competitive salaries, ongoing professional development, and support systems that encourage staff retention and program consistency. 

Fiscal Planning & Management 

Robust financial systems are necessary to manage FFT funding effectively, ensuring compliance with funding requirements and enabling the program to adapt to changing economic landscapes. 

Continuous Quality Improvement 

FFT is designed with fidelity in mind to ensure continuous program evaluation and improvement that helps maintain FFT's effectiveness. This demonstrates the program's impact and need for ongoing support, which is necessary for securing consistent funding. 

Data & Evaluation 

Collecting and analyzing data on program outcomes is crucial for demonstrating FFT's effectiveness to current and potential funders. Demonstrably effective programs are far more likely to receive funding, according to research. 

This aspect requires funding in itself, as data collection, management systems, and evaluation expertise can be costly and time-consuming.  

For organizations seeking assistance in building these capacities, outsourcing to experts in evidence-based program implementation can be a viable strategy. This approach allows organizations to leverage specialized expertise to accelerate program development and enhance outcomes. 

Takeaway: FFT and Funding  

Securing financial support, whether through Medicaid, FFPSA funding, or other streams, is a critical step in expanding FFT to more communities and making a lasting impact on the lives of at-risk youth and their families. 

At FFT LLC, we stand ready to support organizations in this endeavor, offering our expertise and resources to help navigate the complexities of functional family therapy funding. Together, we can expand the reach of FFT programs, ensuring that more families have access to this transformative therapy. Let us take this step forward, united in our commitment to heal, empower, and transform lives through Functional Family Therapy. 

FFT LLCis a counseling service that brings hope and transformation to at-risk youth and families. With a focus on comprehensive, short-term therapy, FFT LLC has touched the lives of over 40,000 families annually across the globe. Through clinical oversight and ongoing research, FFT LLC ensures that all its providers adhere to evidence-based practice standards, guaranteeing positive outcomes for those in need.  

If you're looking to start using your FFPSA funding, contact FFT LLC today!