Many of the Pressley Ridge staff work closely with the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA) to ensure the highest level of care is provided to children and families in the foster care system. Recently, the FFTA and Pressley Ridge’s advocacy efforts have resulting in the filing of S.1992, or the “Quality Foster Care Services Act of 2014.” U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Rob Portman have introduced this bipartisan legislation to improve foster care services for thousands of vulnerable youth by increasing access to quality care by clarifying Medicaid policy that directly affects children and youth served in treatment/therapeutic foster care.
Pressley Ridge offers Foster Care Connections in all six of our US locations. “As one of the pioneers of Treatment Foster Care, Pressley Ridge has seen firsthand the positive impact of quality care and supportive, well trained foster parents in the lives of kids. We fully support this important legislation to provide uniformity to services and provider qualifications,” said Ann Mitchell, Program Director of Pressley Ridge in Cinncinati Ohio.
The legislation is endorsed by a significant number of national children’s and mental health organizations including: The Alliance for Children and Families, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, KidsPeace, National Council for Community Behavioral Health, National Foster Care Coalition, and Voice for Adoption. Bipartisan companion legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK).
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