Project Description

California The San Luis Obispo Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Project expands services to children and families participating in Dependency Drug Court. The CAM Project focuses on case management, in-home and outpatient behavioral health treatment services, and parent education. Key service elements include the following:

  • Celebrating Families – a 16-week evidence-based interactive parenting program that helps families recover from the effects of substance abuse and child neglect; every family member from ages 3 through adulthood participates in structured educational groups and activities;
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – provides children a mentor relationship, which may include tutoring supports, incentives, and supportive activities; every CAM child is referred to CASA for possible matching with a CASA volunteer;
  • Martha’s Place Assessment Center – provides assessment and treatment strategies for children ages 0-5 at high risk for health and behavioral health problems; using a comprehensive array of tools and procedures to identify, assess, refer and treat children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs and/or who are exhibiting behaviors that may interfere with normal development;
  • Theraplay – is a trauma-informed therapy modality focused on building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and meaningful engagement.

Target Population

Services are provided to children ages 0-17 and their families participating in the Dependency Drug Court (DDC), with a particular focus on school-aged children. San Luis Obispo County is located in the Central Coast of California with a total population of 269,600. It is marked by low population density and is more rural and agricultural than many other coastal regions in California.

Major Project Goals

  • Help DDC child participants to improve the quality of their lives, to reduce the impacts of family methamphetamine addiction, and to increase overall health and well-being of children;
  • Continue to support DDC parent participants in establishing healthy family functioning, healthy environmental supports, improve the quality of family communications, and to break the intergenerational cycle of addiction in families;
  • Increase the DDC's capacity for services to children and families affected by methamphetamine.

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The San Luis Obispo CAM Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Department of Social Services

Substance Abuse

  • San Luis Obispo County Health Agency - Drug and Alcohol Services Division

Courts

  • Superior Court of San Luis Obispo

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • Family Attorneys
  • Probation Department
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Health and Development

  • Martha’s Place Assessment Center

Performance Indicators

CAM grantees are measuring their performance on outcomes for children and adults. The San Luis Obispo CAM Project bi-annually provides data on the following performance indicators:

Child/Youth Indicators

  • Children remain at home
  • Occurrence of child maltreatment
  • Average length of stay in foster care
  • Re-entries to foster care placement
  • Timeliness of reunification
  • Timeliness of permanency
  • Prevention of substance-exposed newborn
  • Connection to supportive services
  • Improved child well-being

Adult Indicators

  • Access to substance abuse treatment
  • Retention in treatment
  • Substance use
  • Connection to supportive services
  • Employment
  • Criminal behavior

Family/Relationship Indicators

  • Improved parenting
  • Family relationships and functioning
  • Risk and protective factors

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Reports

Presentations

  • Lead Agency:
    San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health, Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    San Luis Obispo County; Congressional District 24
  • Federal Grant:
    $1.48 million/ 4 years
  • Evaluation Design, Comparison Group Type and Treatment Received:
    Pre-post design, treatment group only
  • Proposed Number Served (4 years):
    Children: 240
    Adults: 196
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