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Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS) 2017-2018

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Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS) 2017-2018

Appropriation Level: $964,000,000

The total funding for the FFFS for SFY 2017-18 is $964,000,000. The programs that may be funded in the FFFS are as follows: allowable non-assistance TANF Employment programs (such as employment preparation, placement and retention services, transitional benefits and other work supports), TANF Services (such as Services for Children and Youth, and Supportive Services), Non-Recurrent Costs TANF Services, D-1 Case Management Services provided to TANF eligible families, Child Welfare Services, Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) Foster Care Maintenance, Administration and Tuition Costs, PINS/Preventive Detention Diversion Services, Pregnancy Prevention, Drug/Alcohol (D/A) Assessment and Monitoring, Domestic Violence (DV) Screening and Assessment, EAF JD/PINS Foster Care and related costs, Local social services districts’ (Districts) administrative costs for TANF related activities, and for any other allowable TANF purpose. Districts may also transfer funds from FFFS to Child Care, and/or Title XX Services (TANF-funded portion). In SFY 2017-18 child care, non-residential domestic violence services and the summer youth employment program have been funded separately outside of 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 TANF eligible (recipients of Family Assistance or SN MOE with state charge code of 63 or 64) or families whose income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level and who meet TANF 200% eligibility criteria.

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, select Employment Services projects, 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.

Program Funding Detail
Program Funding State Fiscal Year Cycle
Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS) $964,000,000 SFY 2017-18 10/1/16-3/31/18
Total $964,000,000    

2017-18 Flexible Fund for Family Services - Allocation Listing

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