TWO-YEAR EXTENSION GRANTEE INTERVIEWS:FINAL SYNTHESIS AND SUMMARY REPORT
With the leadership and support of the Children’s Bureau, the Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) continued to support the RPG-I Two-Year Extension sites through their RPG Technical Assistance team. CCFF operates the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), a national resource center supported by the Children’s Bureau and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Programmatic technical assistance (TA)was provided through the NCSACW as well.
This report provides a summary and synthesis of interviews conducted with the program directors from five of the eight Two-Year Extension site grantees. The interviews were designed to document the accomplishments and lessons learned from the entire seven years of RPG funding, as well as to provide insight into the benefits of the additional two years of federal funding provided through the extension grants. In addition to the Final Synthesis and Summary Report Grantee Interviews -May 2014, which detailed interviews from the first round of RPG funding, this report provides an important contribution to the field by reflecting these program directors’ experiences and key lessons in implementing services in partnerships that included child welfare, substance abuse, courts, mental health, and other human services systems. These interviews underscore the importance of working collaboratively across multiple systems to challenge business-as-usual and to facilitate and sustain policy and practice changes that improve outcomes for children and families.