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Working with Related Agencies

Co-workers collaboratingWorking with other agencies should be considered by the collaborative, because many parents with substance use disorders also require assistance from services other than substance abuse and child welfare to address the multiple, complex issues impeding the functioning of families affected by alcohol- and drug-related problems. In particular, mental health, domestic violence, primary health, housing, and employment-related services are needed partners.

  • Mental Health Practices in Child Welfare Guidelines Toolkit (PDF 407 KB) This toolkit is designed to help administrators, supervisors, and case workers put into action the recently published consensus guidelines for mental health in child welfare (Child Welfare Vol. 88, No. 1, 2009). The toolkit offers valuable tips and resources for mental health screening and assessment, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, parent support, and youth empowerment.
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    • Teamwork with External Partners
      Teamwork with External Partners(PDF 639 KB)

      Florida adopted a Family Centered Practice Model which was accepted by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. This model serves as the overarching framework that drives all system improvements.

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  • Websites

      • Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA)
        The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance facilitates the administration of, and advocates State participation in, the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA). ICAMA is the legal mechanism by which member States regulate and coordinate the interstate delivery of services to children with special needs adopted pursuant to adoption assistance agreements. The Association provides technical and legal assistance, education and training, and materials on practice and policy issues.
      • Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)
        A uniform State law that establishes a contract among party States to ensure that children placed across State lines receive adequate protection and services. The primary function of the ICPC is to protect the interests of children and of States by requiring that certain procedures are followed in making and maintaining the interstate placement of children going into adoption, residential care or foster family homes, or being placed with relatives.
      • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
        An organization that fights the stigma and the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions. It provides education, information, help, and hope to the public through offices in New York and Washington and a nationwide network of affiliates.
      • NAADAC Association for Addiction Professionals
        The largest national organization for alcoholism and drug abuse professionals across the country who treat addicted individuals and families. NAADAC is committed to increasing general awareness of alcoholism and drug abuse and enhancing care of individuals through treatment, education, and prevention programs.
      • National Association for Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
        Seeks to reduce substance abuse, crime and recidivism by promoting and advocating for the establishment and funding of Drug Courts and providing for collection and dissemination of information, technical assistance, and mutual support to association members.
      • Drug Court Planning Initiative (DCPI)
        A training initiative that helps communities develop effective adult, juvenile, family, and tribal drug court programs. Communities interested in planning a drug court program are encouraged to register for DCPI. Up to 200 communities are selected to participate in DCPI annually.
      • The Greenbook Initiative
        Helps child welfare and domestic violence agencies and family courts work together more effectively to help families experiencing violence.
      • Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
        A national resource on rural health and human services information. Information specialists are available to provide customized assistance, such as web and database searches on rural topics and funding resources, linking users to organizations, and furnishing relevant publications from the RAC resource library.


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