Public Call for Programs and Services

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse requests recommendations for mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services to be considered for systematic review. Recommendations can be sent to PreventionServices@abtassoc.com. Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019. To download a PDF version of the public call, please click here.

Background

The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. The Clearinghouse, developed in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act as codified in Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, reviews evidence on mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services. The Clearinghouse rates eligible programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria.

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Purpose

This call is an opportunity for the public to recommend programs and services for systematic review. Additional public calls for recommendations will occur on at least an annual basis.

The Clearinghouse has retained all past recommendations for programs and services, including recommendations from more than 360 unique responses to the Federal Register Notice (FRN) (83 FR 29122) issued by HHS on June 22, 2018. The Clearinghouse will continue to retain recommendations received for consideration in future review cycles.

This call aims to identify eligible programs and services that the Clearinghouse has not previously reviewed.1 To be eligible for review, programs and services must:

  • Address at least one of the four program or service areas: (1) mental health prevention and treatment programs or services, (2) substance abuse prevention and treatment programs or services, (3) in-home parent skill-based programs or services, and/or (4) kinship navigator programs.
  • Have a book/manual/writings available: Programs and services must be clearly defined and replicable. To meet this criterion, they must have available written protocols, manuals, or other documentation that describes how to implement or administer the practice.

To learn about the Clearinghouse’s standards and procedures, including further detail about program or service eligibility and program or service prioritization, please download the Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures.

Submission Instructions

Send submissions to PreventionServices@abtassoc.com. All submitters will receive acknowledgment of their submission's receipt, but the Prevention Services Clearinghouse will not inform individual submitters of the outcome of their submissions.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.

The following information is requested in a cover letter or email:

  • Name of program or service: Some programs or services have changed names or are known by multiple names. Please list all known names for the program or service and if applicable, specify the version or adaptation recommended for review.
  • Program or service area(s) addressed: Specify: [1] mental health prevention and treatment programs or services, [2] substance abuse prevention and treatment programs or services, [3] in-home parent skill-based programs or services, and/or [4] kinship navigator programs.
  • Evidence indicating that program or service is clearly defined and replicable: Please provide information about how the public can access written protocols, manuals, or other documentation that describes how to implement or administer the practice. This may include a copy of the material(s), a link, or information about where to download or purchase the material(s).

Submissions may also include electronic version(s) of eligible studies: The Prevention Services Clearinghouse conducts a comprehensive literature for each program or service prioritized for review, but welcomes the submission of study reports, articles, or other supporting documentation.

To be eligible for review, studies must:

  • Be published or prepared in or after 1990;
  • Be publicly available;
  • Be available in English;
  • Use a randomized or quasi-experimental group design with at least one intervention condition and at least one comparison condition; and
  • Measure and report program or service impacts on at least one eligible target outcome (i.e., for all program or service areas: child safety, child permanency, child well-being, adult well-being. For kinship navigator programs only: access to services, referral to services, and satisfaction)

For more information about the Prevention Services Clearinghouse study eligibility criteria, download the Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures.


1 For a list of programs and services that have been reviewed by the Prevention Services Clearinghouse, click here