The IDTA involved a partnership between the Family Services Department, Dispute Resolution Center, Health Department, Seminole Police Department, Family Services Department and Tribal programs. Participating Tribal programs: Medical Program, Dental Program, Pharmacy Program, Allied Health Program, Eligibility and Utilization Program, Medical Records Program, Environmental Health Program, Facilities Management Program, Tribal Trust Management, and Tribal Human Resources.
The IDTA sought to develop a structured process to ensure the health, safety, and well being of the children and elders of the Seminole community through a committed and multi-disciplinary approach that respects the culture and traditions of the Seminole Tribe. The IDTA resulted in improvement of family engagement and access to child abuse prevention and alcohol and other drug services; increased system linkages and shared resources specific to serving families at risk for abuse and neglect; and increased system efficiency in screening and referral for families impacted by alcohol and other drug issues. The following summarize the major accomplishments and products of the IDTA:
- Child Protection Team (CPT) Protocol
Procedural manual for the Seminole Tribe CPT, a multi-disciplinary workgroup composed of Children's Mental Health, substance abuse treatment providers, tribal child welfare and the Seminole Police Department. The tribal council approved and formalized the CPT project through the Authorization for the Formation of the Family Preservation Project Team. The manual includes procedures for making child abuse/neglect reports, referring to the CPT, timelines for response, and a glossary of terms commonly used in child welfare, the courts, and substance use.
- Child Welfare Assessment and Development
A quality assurance process based on the NCSACW 10-Element Framework (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/NewFramework.pdf) (PDF 695.2 KB)) for assessing the quality of services provided by tribal and private contractors in serving tribal children and families in our of home care with relatives or licensed foster homes.
- CPT Abuse Hotline Form
Referral form that tracks cases from the initial point of referral to the Seminole Police Department, through the CPT when appropriate and to the appropriate service providers. Allows all tribal program partners to track cases from initial point of referral through services to ensure the needs of tribal families are being met.
- Family Support Advocate
Created to address issues with engagement and retention of families in services. Based on the Sacramento Specialized Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) program.
- Multiparty Consent Form (PDF 82 KB)
Allowed for the exchange and disclosure of information between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its various programs and service providers to evaluate need for services and to provide and coordinate service delivery.
- Process Flow Chart of Abuse and Neglect Referrals (PDF 31.7 KB)
Depicts the flow of a case, from the initial investigation to the CPT referral to the case closure.
- Standard Operating Procedures
Formalization of how all agencies involved in the Family Preservation Project work together.