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Collaborative Capacity

Collaborative CapacitySubstance use and child maltreatment are often multigenerational problems that are best addressed through a coordinated approach across multiple systems, including child welfare services, substance use treatment, courts, healthcare providers, and other community providers. Compared to efforts by individual agencies, collaboration across multiple systems, coupled with strong leadership and consistent communication, offers a more efficient and effective approach that ultimately leads to better outcomes for families. Implementing and sustaining improved practice and policy changes on behalf of families requires building capacity to work collaboratively across systems.

This section provides practice and policy publications and online resources that can assist communities as they build and strengthen their cross-systems partnerships.

NCSACW provides technical assistance to help communities build cross-systems collaboration on behalf of families. Visit the technical assistance page for more information on NCSACW’s technical assistance services.

Contact Us

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at ncsacw@cffutures.org or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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