Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) has operated since 2002—funded jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau. NCSACW is a national resource center providing information and expertise, as well as training and technical assistance (TA) to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals.

NCSACW offers on-site and virtual TA, develops and disseminates TA tools, creates educational materials and training curricula, maintains an extensive web presence, and provides a range of TA activities for agencies representing health and social service providers—including substance use and mental health disorder treatment providers, child welfare agencies, family courts, public health, healthcare, maternal and child health, and early childhood services.

NCSACW strives to support systems change, improve practice, and reduce stigma related to families affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) through enhanced agency collaboration—based on a shared understanding of the needs and challenges of families and the systems that serve them. The goal is to improve safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. NCSACW also researches, compiles, and shares examples of successful programs with other jurisdictions to expand best practices in communities nationwide. Consultation and TA are designed to provide information, resources, best practices, guidance, and effective strategies.

What is Technical Assistance?

The NCSACW uses a variety of methods to ensure availability and easy access to resource information, training materials, cross-systems tools and protocols, and in- person and virtual technical support. All NCSACW resources are free and focus on strategies for working with families affected by substance use and involved in the child welfare and family courts systems.

Resources and Connection
Brief Consultation and Product Development
Training and Ongoing Consultation
Specialized TA: Intensive Consultation

Specialized Technical Assistance Projects:

  • In-Depth Technical Assistance
    IDTA uses a phased approach to help states and tribes implement practice and system changes that address the needs of infants and families affected by prenatal substance exposure, while fostering the recovery of pregnant and parenting women and their families. IDTA helps sites assess system strengths and challenges, while identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Brief Focused Technical Assistance (PDF 331 KB)
    Available to states, communities, and tribes, BFTA prioritizes site-identified policy and practice changes and implementation of specific collaborative strategies to improve outcomes for infants, children, and their families. BFTA is tailored to strengthen broader cross-system practices that support family-centered approaches and outcomes and workforce development.
  • Regional Partnership Grant Program
    RPG supports interagency collaborations and integration of programs, services, and activities designed to increase the well-being, improve the permanency, and enhance the safety of children who are in or at risk of out-of-home placement as the result of a parent or caregiver’s substance use disorder. RPG projects receive technical assistance to assure robust implementation and operation of their projects.
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    • Brief Focused Technical Assistance Description
      Brief Focused Technical Assistance Description(PDF 330 KB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2021

      This document provides an overview of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare’s (NCSACW) Brief Focused Technical Assistance (BFTA) program. Available to states, communities, and tribes, BFTA supports sites’ development and implementation of collaborative, cross-system strategies to improve outcomes for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families and caregivers.

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