One of the goals of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFSPA) is to reduce congregate care placements of children in state custody and to ensure the appropriateness of placement in residential care programs. FFPSA defines the need for establishing Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) standards of care for residential programs in order to receive federal reimbursement for room and board costs of youth (in state custody) whom are placed in a residential treatment program. QRTP is a designation earned by residential providers after meeting identified standards (as outlined in the document below.) The purpose of utilizing QRTP for youth in care is to safely stabilize youth who need residential level of care for behavioral and developmental needs while involving the family and providing supportive services after the child has returned to the home.
- OCFS QRTP Expectations (PDF)
- QRTP Readiness Assessment Tool (PDF)
- QRTP FAQ (PDF)
- PowerPoint Presentation from initial QRTP Stakeholder workgroup (PDF)
For more information about the Qualified Residential Treatment Program initiative or to learn more about how you can be involved, please contact OCFS Family First Program Manager Christine Theriault at Christine.Theriault@maine.gov or 207-624-7914