The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services, jointly funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau. Children and Family Futures has been the contractor for the NCSACW since its inception in 2002.
NCSACW is a national resource center that provides information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals. Its mission is to improve family recovery, safety and stability by advancing practices and collaboration among agencies, organizations and courts working with families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and child abuse or neglect.
NCSACW provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to Tribal, national, state, and local agencies and individuals on developing the cross-system partnerships and practice changes that are needed to address the issues of substance use disorders among families in the child welfare system.
NCSACW also provides ongoing TTA to grantees and sites though the following projects:
The Child and Family Service Improvement Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-288) authorized funding for five-year competitive grants that support collaborative partnerships between providers of child welfare services (CWS), substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and other family support services. Grantees were responsible for implementing regional partnerships aimed at improving the well-being, permanency and safety outcomes of children who were in, or at risk of, out-ofhome placement as a result of a parent’s or caregiver’s SUD. In October 2012, 17 Regional Partnership Grants (RPG Round 2) were awarded, with an additional four grants (RPG Round 3) awarded in fiscal year 2014. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for RPG Round 2 and RPG Round 3 required grantees to adopt and implement well-defined program services and activities that are evidence-based, or evidence-informed, and trauma-specific or traumainformed, to increase the well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children and families affected by parental substance use. This report summarizes the experiences of the 17 RPG Round 2 grantees over five years of program implementation. Highlights of the first three years of implementation for RPG Round 3 grantees are also included.
In October 2007, the Administration on Children Youth and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau (CB) awarded grants to 53 partnerships across the country, including 7 tribes. NCSACW provided programmatic technical assistance to the grantees. The outcomes of the grants were measured in a performance measurement system focused on documenting child safety, permanency, and well-being; systems improvement; and treatment-related outcomes such as timeliness of treatment access, length of stay in treatment, and parents’ recovery. In September 2012, ACYF/CB awarded 17 new RPGs and 2-year extension grants to 8 of the 53 original grantees. This was made possible by Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-34) signed into law in September 2011. In September 2014, ACYF/CB awarded four additional 5-year grants.
The SEI-IDTA program uses a combination of proven change management strategies and tools coupled with relationship-building and individual coaching with sites to facilitate policy and practice changes, measure performance, strengthen partnerships, sustain successful collaborative projects and innovations and achieve measurable outcomes.
The purpose of the program is to expand and/or enhance substance use treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts. Services include recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management and program coordination as well as family-focused services. The Center for Children and Family Futures provides performance measurement technical assistance for FDTC grantees.