The IDTA in Connecticut involved a partnership between the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Judicial Branch. The partnership sought to improve the capacity of its child welfare, substance abuse and court systems to address the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and alcohol and other drug problems. The IDTA resulted in significant policy and practice changes. Policy changes that eliminated redundant assessments and prioritized substance use treatment for parents with child welfare involvement resulted in an estimated savings of $100,000 per year.
Connecticut developed and implemented the Recovery Specialist Voluntary Program (RSVP), modeled after the Sacramento County, CA Specialized Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) programs. The RSVP program proved successful in improving parents' ability to access treatment, with an average of 0-5 days to treatment for 46% of RSVP clients. Enhanced access to treatment and assistance with basic needs and other resources was attributed to more timely reunification, with 88% of RSVP families, between May 2009-May 2010, reunifying at 12 months.
The following summarize the major accomplishments and products of the IDTA: