15th Annual Public Policy Institute and Advocacy Day ~ March 12-13, 2018

15th Annual Public Policy Institute and Advocacy Day

Children’s programs and services are under significant threats.

Today’s legislative and policy trends impede our ability to respond to critical challenges facing today’s vulnerable children and youth. This year’s program will focus on the policy and legislative solutions that can help children thrive in families in their communities. It will include a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill and our TFC Advocacy Day where we will educate our Members of Congress on the real benefits of treatment family care.  There are so many demands for the attention of our elected officials, which is why it’s important that we are in DC, in person, to demand that they put the needs of children and families at the top of their agendas.  We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines this year. 


Monday March 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. - Federal Public Policy Impacting Treatment Family Care
Laura Boyd, Ph.D., Public Policy Director, Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)

9:30 a.m. - The Opioid Epidemic & Multi-Generational Approach to Treatment
The opioid epidemic has impacted children, families, and agencies in every state in this country. This is a Federal problem that requires policy and clinical interventions at the local, state, and federal levels. Our panel discussion will begin with an overview of the opioid epidemic and its resulting impact on children and youth at risk of or in foster care.  We’ll explore the multi-generational approach to treatment and keeping families together. Experts from CMS, SAMHSA and Generations United will discuss how Federal programs and funding are addressing this epidemic and how private agencies can partner with Federal and State leaders to develop sound public policy for the benefit of youth in foster care and their families.  

  • Kirsten Beronio, Group Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)   
  • Ali Smilow, Analyst, Division of Benefits and Coverage works (Medicaid rehab services), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Jennifer A. Oppenheim, Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health), a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Sharon Amatetti, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, a program of SAMHSA and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)
  • Jaia Lent, Generations United

11:15 a.m. - Break

11:30 a.m. - Bio-Medical/Behavioral Health Integration and Treatment Family Care
We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a long-term impact on children and youth in our care and most of them experience medical and behavioral health issues that result in poor outcomes if not properly addressed. This lens will set the stage for our discussion on the integration of bio-medical and behavioral health care and how it can address the treatment needs of children and youth in out of home care. Learn how your agency can prepare for the evolving role of integrated care, by understanding changes in funding streams, working successfully with managed care organizations and other partners in this arena, and ensuring your programs are outcomes-driven.   

  • Kate Peterson, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
  • Elizabeth Prewitt, ACEs Connection
  • Rebecca David, National Council for Behavioral Health

12:45 p.m. - Lunch and head to the Staff Congressional Briefing

2:00 p.m. - The Administration's Focus on Strengthening the Resiliency of Families
Jerry Milner, DSW, Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, and the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, will discuss the Administration's plans for the coming year and hear from you about how treatment family care is creating positive outcomes.

3:00 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Congressional Briefing on the Family-Based Care Services Act (H.R.2290)

  • Jim Roberts, CEO, Family Care Network
  • Jennifer Larson, Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services
  • An alumnus of foster care

4:30 p.m. - Q & A, Recap of the Day, Preparing for TFC Advocacy Day

Tuesday March 13, 2018      

9:00 a.m. - What does the Research Say about Treatment Foster Care?
Laura Radel, from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, will discuss the newly published findings of a multi-year research project, which seeks to understand how states use treatment foster care. These findings will be used by the Feds to guide TFC program design, policy and reimbursement.

10:30 a.m. - TFC Advocacy Day - Senate office meetings on Capitol Hill
On our TFC Day on the Hill, we will meet with Senator's staff to advocate for the children and families we serve. We will guide you through the process of setting up your appointments and energize you to be the best advocate for children. As challenging as these times are, public citizen outcry has proven effective in stopping and changing legislative proposals and face-to-face meetings are one of the most impactful ways to communicate our message.              

--Institute ends after meetings on Capitol Hill 

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3/12/2018 - 3/13/2018