Diversifying funding streams to promote program sustainability and institutionalize innovative practices

Children and Family Futures (CFF) provides training and technical assistance to tribes, states, counties, and community agencies as they navigate the complexities of funding and sustaining family-centered services. CFF has over 20 years of experience providing expert consultation and effective tools and strategies to help sites fund and sustain innovation that benefit families affected by substance use disorders.

The ability to sustain innovative practices over time does not simply rely upon having steady funding streams; it requires institutionalizing new ways of practice into the very fabric of the process. Early in the life of a collaborative initiative, cross-systems partners should plan for how the innovative practice strategies will permanently become the way of doing business. Communities must ­find ways to access the full range of existing funding resources from multiple agencies that serve children and families affected by parental substance use disorders and child maltreatment, such as child welfare, substance use and mental health disorder treatment, early childhood education, health care, home visiting, and other social service programs.

Children and Family Futures has decades of experience and expertise in assisting communities to develop inventories of funding streams and develop the diverse cross-systems partnerships necessary to assist in their sustainability efforts.


CFF has responded to nearly 200 technical assistance requests about funding and sustainability since 2016
CFF has worked with over 450 grantees and sites to implement strategies to sustain effective programs and collaborative initiatives


$408 billion total federal spending in 2019 was for programs that benefit children, representing 9% of the federal budget1
21% of the $24 billion spent to treat substance use disorders in 2009 was covered through Medicaid2
44 million children were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 20203


Through federally- and foundation-funded projects, Children and Family Futures and its small business subsidiary, Center for Children and Family Futures, produces publications, reports, Technical Assistance tools and web-based learning for the field. The following are featured resources from our work. For more resources or information related to a specific topic, please visit our resources page or click the “Request Assistance” button below or at the top of the page.

  1. Hanh, H., Lou, C., & Issacs, J. B., (n.d.). How much does the federal government spend on programs benefiting children? Urban Institute. https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/102752/how-much-does-the-federal-government-spend-on-programs-benefiting-children.pdf
  2. Substance use disorders. (n.d.). Medicaid.gov. https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/behavioral-health-services/substance-use-disorders/index.html
  3. Reports & evaluations. (n.d.). Medicaid.gov. https://www.medicaid.gov/chip/reports-evaluations/index.html