In-Depth Technical Assistance
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.
|Practice protocol||Arkansas||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|Colorado's Protocol Improving Services to Families: Strategies for Substance Abuse Treatment, Child Welfare, and Dependency Court A Guide for Counties, Service Providers and Judicial Districts in Colorado||Colorado||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Roll-out of pilot sites||Colorado||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|Policies and Procedures for the RSVP||Connecticut||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Requirements established for localities to develop local level agreements||Florida||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|DHS and IDPH Joint Protocol||Iowa||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|DHS Substance Abuse Referral Form||Iowa||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|House File (HF) 2310 Protocols and Procedures ||Iowa||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|Protocol Letter||Iowa||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Policy and Procedure Recommendations for Essex FDC||New Jersey||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Partnerships for Family Recovery: Oneida Strategic Plan||New York||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Practice Guide||Pennsylvania||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|Child Protection Team (CPT) Protocol||Seminole Tribe||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|CPT Abuse Hotline Form||Seminole Tribe||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures, Screening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention Protocols||Contact Us|
|Multiparty Consent Form||Seminole Tribe||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Standard Operating Procedures||Seminole Tribe||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Contact Us|
|Adoption Procedure and Review Checklist||Squaxin Island||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Emergency Change of Placement Tribal Court Form||Squaxin Island||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Guardianship Procedure and Review Checklist||Squaxin Island||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Guidance on Forming a Family Wellness Team||Squaxin Island||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Petition to Name Change Squaxin Island Tribal Court Form||Squaxin Island||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Procedure and Review Checklist for Termination of Parental Rights||Squaxin Island||Tribal Community||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
|Texas Partnership for Family Recovery, Integrating Child Welfare, Substance Abuse, Judicial and Legal Services to Support Families: A Guide||Texas||State||Policies, Protocols and Procedures||Attachment|
To access any of the resources without an attachment, please contact NCSACW.
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As part IDTA, each selected site develops a Score of Work and corresponding work plan that defines the objectives and desired outcomes for the period on in-depth technical assistance. While each site's experience and outcomes are unique, the products developed tend to address similar needs, related to:
State and Local Examples