In-Depth Technical Assistance

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

NCSACW's In-Depth Technical Assistance (IDTA) program advances the capacity of states, tribes, and their community partner agencies to improve the safety, health, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders. This 18- to 24-month program strengthens cross-system collaboration and linkages among the child welfare and substance use disorder treatment systems and the courts, as well as maternal and infant health care providers, public health providers, early care and education systems, home visiting providers, and other key partners. Since the program’s inception in 2003, 26 unique sites have engaged in IDTA, including two county sites, four tribal sites, and 20 states.

In 2014, NCSACW focused the IDTA program on assisting states and tribes with addressing the needs of infants and families affected by prenatal substance exposure and the recovery of pregnant and parenting women and their families. IDTA also assists states in developing policies and protocols to align with the prenatal substance exposure provisions in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which amended sections of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).

The IDTA model is based on the premise that sites are more likely to successfully implement meaningful and sustainable policy and practice change when they receive targeted training, technical assistance, and coaching in sufficient depth and duration, through strategic phases and with the support of a dedicated Change Liaison (CL). Establishing or augmenting a collaborative governance structure is the foundation for implementing policy and practice changes. Several key factors for success identified through this extensive engagement include:

  • Partnering with agencies who are committed to implementing effective policy and practice changes.
  • Engaging systems leaders who not only support the work of collaborative teams but also are willing to address barriers to strengthening collaboration.
  • Measuring cross-system outcomes.
Interagency Memorandum of UnderstandingArkansasStateInteragency AgreementsAttachment
Connecticut - ABCs of Medication Assisted Treatment TrainingConnecticut Contact Us
Connecticut - Hospital Association Substance Exposed Infant SurveyConnecticut Contact Us
Site Profile - Connecticut Round OneConnecticut Attachment
Delaware - Help Is HereDelawareAttachment
Site Profile - Delaware Round TwoDelawareAttachment
EvaluationFloridaStateLogic Models and Evaluation PlansContact Us
State level Memorandum of UnderstandingFloridaStateInteragency AgreementsAttachment
Site Profile - FloridaFloridaAttachment
Drug Testing Practice Bench CardIowaStateDrug Testing ProtocolsAttachment
Kentucky - Hospital Discharge AssessmentKentuckyContact Us
Kentucky - Plan of Safe Care Pilot PackageKentuckyContact Us
Site Profile - Kentucky Round OneKentuckyAttachment
Best Practices to Implement Adoption and Safe Families Act: Creative Strategies to Achieve Permanence; Family Drug Courts Training Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Courts Training BrochureMichiganStateMulti-System Training PlansContact Us
Binsfield Legislation - Legislation Establishing Priority for AdmissionMichiganStateLegislationAttachment
Chippewa County Substance Abuse/Child Welfare Protocol – Sample Interagency Communication ProtocolMichiganStateCommunication, Data and Information Sharing ProtocolsAttachment
Data Inventory and Information-Sharing Logic ModelMichiganStateCommunication, Data and Information Sharing ProtocolsAttachment
Director's Statement of Support and Interdepartmental CommitmentMichiganStateInteragency AgreementsAttachment
Evaluation and Research InventoryMichiganStateLogic Models and Evaluation PlansAttachment
Marketing ProductsMichiganStateProject Marketing MaterialsContact Us
Michigan Substance Abuse/Child Welfare Collaborative Project SummaryMichiganStateProject Marketing MaterialsAttachment
Michigan Substance Abuse/Child Welfare Protocol for Screening, Assessment, Engagement, and Recovery (SAER)MichiganStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Provision of Collaborative Training and Technical AssistanceMichiganStateMulti-System Training PlansContact Us
Minnesota - Tribal and Urban Resources for Native Americans in MinnesotaMinnesotaAttachment
Site Profile - Minnesota Round OneMinnesotaAttachment
Tapping Tribal WisdomMinnesotaScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
New Jersey - Hospital SEI Survey Recruitment EmailNew JerseyAttachment
New Jersey - Hospital SEI Survey: OB LeadershipNew JerseyAttachment
New Jersey - Hospital SEI Survey: Pediatric LeadershipNew JerseyContact Us
New Jersey - Hospital SEI Survey: Pediatric Primary Care ProvidersNew JerseyContact Us
New Jersey - Maternal Wrap Around Program Requests for ProposalsNew JerseyAttachment
Site Profile - New Jersey Round OneNew JerseyAttachment
Multi-System Training FrameworkNew YorkStateMulti-System Training PlansAttachment
Site Profile - New York Round TwoNew YorkAttachment
Site Profile - North CarolinaNorth CarolinaAttachment
Cross-Systems Collaboration SurveyPennsylvaniaStateProject Marketing MaterialsAttachment
Practice GuidePennsylvaniaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
Memorandum of UnderstandingTexasStateInteragency AgreementsAttachment
Interagency Memorandum of UnderstandingVirginiaStateInteragency AgreementsAttachment
Site Profile - Virginia Round OneVirginiaAttachment
Virginia - Community Service Board Guidelines on Maternal Substance Use and Substance Exposed Infant ReferralsVirginiaAttachment
Virginia - Community Service Board SurveyVirginiaAttachment
Virginia - Opiate Treatment Program Guidelines for Pregnant WomenVirginiaAttachment
Virginia - Opioid Treatment Provider SurveyVirginiaAttachment
Virginia - Perinatal Substance Use: Promoting Healthy Outcomes BrochureVirginiaAttachment
Virginia - Plan of Safe Care ToolkitVirginiaContact Us

To access any of the resources without an attachment, please contact NCSACW.

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    • Brief Focused Technical Assistance Description
      Brief Focused Technical Assistance Description(330 KB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2020

      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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