On June 3, 2020, The Joint Commission announced it updated its standards for its nearly 200 accredited child welfare agencies, with new and revised requirements to promote family preservation and reunification, as well as improve the quality and safety of care. The standards are intended to ensure that evidence-based trauma-focused services are available, that case plans for reunification include services for the entire family, and that increased services are available for older children. They incorporate federal requirements related to the Family First Preservation Services Act. The new standards, effective September 13, 2020, include 74 new and 12 revised . . .
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