Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams

Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) is a specialized child welfare service delivery model that has been shown, when implemented with fidelity, to improve outcomes for children and families affected by parental substance use and child maltreatment. The model uses a variety of strategies to promote collaboration and systems-level change within and between child welfare agencies, substance use and mental health treatment providers, the judicial system, and other family-serving entities. 

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Proven Results

Prevention

Permanency

Parental Recovery

Return on Investment

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75%
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of children are less likely to enter out-of-home placement than children from a matched comparison group

of children remained with or were reunified with their parent

of mothers have higher rates of sobriety and early recovery than their non-START child welfare-involved counterparts

of out-of-home cost savings for every $1.00 spent on START

*View START Outcomes for full citations

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