Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS) 2007-2008
Appropriation Level: $654,000,000
The 2007-08 Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS) is funded at $654 million. The FFFS encompasses a number of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs administered by local departments of social services (districts) which are funded with the Federal TANF Services Block Grant. These programs include statutory Drug/Alcohol Assessment and Monitoring, Domestic Violence Screening and Assessment, locally designed TANF services projects, employment services, certain child welfare services and fund transfers to Title XX. Each district receives an FFFS allocation based upon prior year allocations. In state fiscal year 2007-08 child care, non-residential domestic violence services and the summer youth employment program have been funded separately outside of the FFFS. Additionally, temporary assistance benefits (cash assistance) provided to eligible families is not included in the FFFS.
Districts develop and submit to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for approval plans which detail how they will allocate their FFFS funds. Districts generally may revise their plans as needed. Within the county allocation each district has discretion to use its FFFS funds for any Federally-allowable TANF purpose. FFFS funded services may be provided to: families who are eligible for federally funded income support under TANF; to families receiving Safety Net Assistance who are eligible for TANF Services; and to families whose income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level who meet TANF Services eligibility requirements.
The FFFS Performance and Accountability Matrix provides information on how each district plans to use its FFFS allocation for programs administered by OTDA. Outcomes are specified for TANF Services projects, Employment Services, Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Monitoring, and Domestic Violence Screening and Assessment. (Please note that while districts are mandated to conduct Drug and Alcohol Assessments and Monitoring and Domestic Violence Screening and Assessments, they can provide these services using funding other than FFFS.) The Annual Funding Level column shows the amounts transferred to Child Care, Title XX and amounts budgeted to other programs supervised by OTDA and OCFS.
As of 2/4/09 $1,806,889 was rolled into the SFY 08-09 FFFS plans.
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