News and Advocacy Alerts

ACF Request for Public Comment on Implementing a Clearinghouse of Evidence-based Practices

Following enactment of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (FFPSA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is seeking public comment regarding implementing the mandated Clearinghouse of evidence-based practices, including initial criteria for identifying, prioritizing, and reviewing potential programs and services. ACF is also seeking recommendations for programs and services as candidates for review.

National Safe Place Network understands how critical the voices of youth and family service professionals are in shaping public policy.  We share this announcement with you to ensure youth and families receiving future services will have the benefit of your expertise to inform ACF’s implementation of this newly adopted legislation.

The federal registry entry for public comment is here: Comments must be submitted by July 22, 2018.

For a quick reference outline of elements for consideration, please click here.

Thank you for serving youth and families, and for advocating for procedures and practices that will best serve their needs. Together, we can!


Defend LGBTQ+ Families

When Governor Mary Fallin signed SB1140 last week, Oklahoma became the 8th U.S. state to enact legislation authorizing organizations that place children and youth in foster and adoptive homes to discriminate against LGBTQ families. Other states include Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, and Michigan. The Kansas state legislature has passed such a bill which now awaits signature from Governor Jeff Colyer, and South Carolina and Colorado aren’t far behind.

These policies discriminate against LGBTQ families, expose youth in child welfare systems to messages of contempt, and deny children and youth in need of loving homes access to families that want to welcome them. If you are in Kansas, South Carolina or Colorado, the time to reach out to your state elected officials is now!

If you don’t live in one of these states, you can still be an ally. There is a national campaign supporting draft legislation known as the Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act. Learn about the bill, access resources for education and advocacy, and encourage your representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to support ECDF here:


New Report Highlights LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released its second research-to-impact brief, "Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America," which highlights the specific experiences of youth people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness.

Chapin Hall shared the following about their findings:

"We learned that, compared to heterosexual and non-transgender youth, LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of homelessness. They also face a higher risk of early death and other adversities. On the positive side, the research points to actionable opportunities to better meet the needs of LGBTQ young people in our collective efforts to end youth homelessness."

The first impact brief released by Chapin Hall, "Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America," shared results from their national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness. The findings show that nearly 4.2 million youth and young adults in America experienced some form of homelessness over the course of a year.

To learn more, please visit:


Funding Opportunity Announced to Expand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment and Recovery Services to Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth and Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Short Title: Youth and Family TREE).  The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

The Anticipated total funding amount is $14,616,450 for this grant award and at least $5 million will be awarded to federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes/tribal organizations.  SAMHSA anticipates making 27 awards for up to $541,350 per year for a maximum of five years.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Applicants must send the Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) to their appropriate State and local health agencies – their Single State Point of Contact.

Eligibility: SAMHSA seeks to further expand access and the geographical distribution, as well as reduce duplication, of its adolescent programs.  Therefore, grant recipients funded under TI-16-006 FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation and TI-17-002 FY 2017 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. See the full grant announcement for details.

For program information, contact: Ramon Bonzon, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Services Improvement, SAMHSA,  (240) 276-2975, [email protected]

The full grant opportunity announcement is here.


Don't Miss Focus 2018: "Heart of the Matter"

NSPN's national conference, Focus 2018: "Heart of the Matter," will take place July 18-20, 2018 at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. Pre-conference institutes will be offered on Tuesday, July 17.

Focus 2018 provides opportunities for youth and youth service professionals from across the country to network and share ideas, experiences, and knowledge. The theme, “Heart of the Matter,” emphasizes why our work is important, and highlights the launch of the NSPN campaign to provide a digital canvas for youth to share their stories through art.

Register today at:

Click here to register now.

To learn more about the conference, including tracks, pre-conference institutes, and the event hotel, please visit:

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