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RHF Announces New Funding
to Support Provider Agencies 

The Redlich Horwitz Foundation is proud to announce a new funding opportunity of up to $300,000 each to support New York State provider agencies in the rest of state who seek to develop a service array that braids various funding streams in order to support high-needs youth and their families in home-based placements. 

Residential programs serve an important role in the continuum of foster care, and the research shows that it is best used as a short-term intervention to support both children and families in learning the skills and accessing the services and supports necessary to successfully live together. New York lacks a plethora of options to support youth with complex needs, and their families, in a community or home-based setting and traditional foster and kinship families often lack the capacity to do so.

RHF will provide planning and implementation funding of up to $300,000 to each provider who seek to overcome these barriers by developing a service array that braids various funding streams from foster care, prevention, Medicaid, mental health, and so on, in order to support the needs of youth and their families with complex needs in their homes and/or foster care, while continuing to focus on permanency, in their home communities. Technical assistance will be provided by leading national experts at Building Bridges Initiative, and partners will also receive implementation funding to develop innovative program and business models to help children thrive in community and family-based settings.

A Request for Expressions of Interest is being released at the New York State Voluntary Agency Summit, a convening of NYS child welfare leaders with a focus on new reforms that will lead to improved outcomes for residential treatment centers. During this summit, leaders will discuss strategies to align their residential practices to those synonymous with the Family First Prevention Services Act, which will also lead agencies to be more family-centered and trauma informed.

Interested providers can apply by responding to the RFI, found here. Letters of Interest are due by January 10th, 2020 to Director of Programs Rashida Abuwala via email at
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