Strategic Planning and Program Implementation


The Connecticut strategic planning technical assistance effort included a comprehensive assessment of the State’s existing procedures and services for program improvement. An important aspect of this assessment included using information systems to determine the points at which clients tend to drop out of the system (i.e. between referral for a substance abuse assessment and getting to the assessment, between assessment and enrollment in treatment, once enrolled in treatment, etc.) in order to strengthen efforts of retention and engagement of clients in services.


CFF worked with the top State management in the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services to examine current practices and services for families involved in child welfare and affected by substance abuse and to make recommendations for improvement.


CFF acted as consultants to Senator Ruth Solomon who authored legislation to expend $10 million of TANF funds to provide substance abuse services to welfare- and child welfare-involved families. Senator Solomon credits CFF with generating her proposal and in providing guidance on writing the legislation. After the legislation was signed by the Governor and was being crafted for implementation by the State agencies, the State offices contracted with CFF to assist them in analyzing the existing State system, develop their implementation and contracting plans, and in the development of the State agencies’ vision and principles.

First 5 Santa Clara County

Identified common goals, outcomes, indicators and milestones and to implement Phase IV of Community Partnerships to Commission members, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and others as appropriate.

Napa County

Developed a strategic plan for Napa County's youth treatment system.

Sonoma County

Assisted with joint outcomes, develop collaborative agreements, identify and prioritize cross-system strategies, and develop new policies and protocols that lay the groundwork for broad practice-level change.


Cross-System Information Sharing and Communication Protocols 

Sacramento County

CFF has contracted with the County of Sacramento Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) since 1995 on its efforts to improve services and outcomes for families in the child welfare system affected by AOD. Initially this effort included the evaluation of the County’s Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Initiative (AODTI). The consultation also involved the development of a preliminary assessment to be conducted with all clients entering child welfare services to provide immediate feedback on severity and level of need. These changes to the intake requirements included determining child welfare involvement and ensuring the safety of the children of all clients entering treatment.

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Alcohol and Drug Program Administration (ADPA) contracted with CCFF staff to provide technical assistance in developing information sharing and communication protocols for DCFS cases with substance abuse involvement.


Client Confidentiality

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families

Dr. Young was an active participant in the Confidentiality Forum conducted by SAMHSA and ACYF in March of 2001 to address the issues of confidential information across substance abuse and child welfare. Additionally she has reviewed and offered comments on all the manuals developed and major papers written on this issue.

Los Angeles County

The technical assistance provided to L.A. County DCFS and ADPA included a great deal of information on confidentiality rules and educating the child welfare participants on the requirements of treatment providers under 42 CFR.


Values Clarification and Guiding Principles Development


The Illinois Department of Children and Families (DCF) contracted with CFF to facilitate a collaborative values and collaborative readiness exercise with DCF, the State’s Alcohol and Drug Department and other stakeholders. The results of this technical assistance were presented at the State’s 2000 DCFS/AOD Leadership Summit.


CFF provided the State of Oregon with technical assistance on values clarification, development of common principles and clarification in the development of their strategic plan for substance abuse and child welfare services. In particular, CFF provided technical assistance on contracting for outreach programs with the population and on conducting regional forums bringing together the service systems for cross training.


Program Implementation and Operation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

CFF authored a Technical Assistance Publication detailing the program implementation and operation of seven sites around the country with models of integrating substance abuse services and child welfare. These sites included Connecticut, New Jersey, Sacramento, Cuyahoga County, Jacksonville, San Diego and Miami.

Evaluating Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDC)

CFF served as the CSAT, ACYF and Department of Justice-funded national cross-site evaluator of five Family Treatment Drug Court models from around the country. CFF designed, implemented, analyzed and reported on the evaluation findings. These findings were presented for each of the five courts and in total across sites. The study examined the program design and implementation, operations, and outcomes of five models that vary in structure, size and organization. Outcomes were measured in each of the three major systems involved in the projects: substance abuse services, child safety and permanency, and court system outcomes.



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