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 The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

Prepared for:   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN)

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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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