In October 2014, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) selected five states to receive three-year funding under the Statewide System Improvement Program (SSIP). The first-round Awardees are: (1) Alabama Administrative Office of Courts; (2) Colorado Judicial Department; (3) Judicial Branch of Iowa; (4) New York State Unified Court System; and, (5) Supreme Court of Ohio. In October 2016, OJJDP awarded a cooperative agreement to the Judiciary of Guam as part of the second round of the systems reform initiative (see Awardee Profiles). Lessons learned in the planning stages by the first cohort will help guide the new awardee.
The purpose of SSIP is to:
- Implement and institutionalize effective Family Drug Court (FDC) practices in the larger state-level child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and court systems.
- Ensure families affected by substance use disorders and involved with child welfare have access to a comprehensive array of services.
- Strengthen cross-system collaboration at the state and local level.
Children and Family Futures (CFF) provides in-depth training and technical assistance (TTA) to the SSIP Awardees to systematically develop statewide policies, procedures, and performance measures. Each Awardee is assigned a Change Leader (CL) that provides ongoing coaching, support and monitors compliance with grant outcomes and objectives. The CLs conduct weekly or bi-weekly phone calls with Awardees’ leadership team to support continued progress on critical award activities.
Is your state interested in integrating effective FDC practices into the larger state-level systems? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to request free technical assistance.