Evidence Based Services Cleared by Family First Clearing House & Programs Temporarily Cleared by US Children’s Bureau – As of March 1st, 2020


Click here for a PDF version of CLM’s current list of evidence based services cleared by Family First Clearing House & programs temporarily cleared by US Children’s Bureau

Click here for a PDF version of Texas Center for Child and Family Studies and Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services’ FFPSA Prevention Services Clearinghouse Matrix – as of February 20th, 2020


The Family First Act opened the Title IV-E child welfare entitlement up for such services, but only those cleared as being “evidence-based” by a newly established clearinghouse.

Below is a list of the 10 services that have been approved thus far by the clearinghouse and the one temporarily cleared by the U.S. Children’s Bureau:


Well Supported

1. Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing developed in 1983 by clinical psychologists William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, and refined in a procedural guide published in 1991. Interviewers are trained to explore, and then resolve, the ambivalence that prevents them from stopping negative behaviors such as the use of illicit drugs.

2. Functional Family Therapy

A family intervention model used with households that include an adolescent exhibiting conduct disorder, substance abuse or is acting out violently.

3. Multisystemic Therapy

Seeks to promote pro-social behavior and curb criminal activity and illicit substance abuse among 12- to 17-year-olds.

4. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

A model to serve families with young children who exhibit behavioral or parent relationship problems. PCIT imparts play therapy skills for parents to use with their children.

5. Parents As Teachers

A home-visiting model that uses trained parent educators to work with new and expectant mothers.

6. Nurse-Family Partnership

A home-visiting model that pairs new moms with professional nurses before and after pregnancy.

7. Healthy Families America

A home-visiting model that supports new and expecting parents with biweekly visits before birth and weekly visits for at least six months after birth.



8. Families Facing the Future

This model is for parents who have young or adolescent children, and who are receiving methadone treatment. The program includes a family retreat and 32 parenting sessions conducted over a 16-week period (kids attend some of them, others are just parents).



9. Methadone Maintenance Therapy

A model through which patients use methadone to reduce their use of heroin and other opiates.

10. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This version of CBT is designed to serve children with an established history of trauma who are experiencing sexual behavior problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Temporarily cleared by the U.S. Children’s Bureau

11. Family Centered Treatment 

A clinical model addressing crisis points in vulnerable families, particularly those where a child welfare case has been opened or a youth is involved in the juvenile justice system. It was developed in the late 1980s as a model for working with families in crisis. Operating on a four-phase plan, clinicians make the decision about when a family is ready to advance to the next phase.