What is a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP)?

A Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) is a group care facility utilizes a trauma-informed treatment model and provides appropriate services to meet the clinical needs of children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders or disturbances.

A Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) must:

  • Be licensed and accredited by COA, CARF or the Joint Commission;
  • Use a trauma-informed treatment model;
  • Meet the treatment needs of children as determined by an assessment within 30 days of placement;
  • Facilitate and document family involvement and outreach and how sibling connections are maintained;
  • Provide at least six months post-discharge, family-based aftercare;
  • Have registered or licensed nursing staff and other licensed clinical staff (consistent with the treatment model) available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Georgia has not currently implemented QRTPs.



Who is considered a “candidate for foster care”?

“Candidate for foster care” is the term the Family First Act uses to describe children who are at imminent risk of being removed from their families and placed in foster care. Under the Family First Act, these children (and their parents or kinship care providers) are eligible to receive prevention services while at home or in an informal kinship placement.
For implementation of the Family First Act, DFCS is defining “candidates for foster care” as children and youth who

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