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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.
TitleSiteLevelCategoryAttachment
Practice protocolArkansasStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact 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 ColoradoColoradoStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Roll-out of pilot sitesColoradoStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
Policies and Procedures for the RSVPConnecticutStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Requirements established for localities to develop local level agreementsFloridaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
DHS and IDPH Joint ProtocolIowaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
DHS Substance Abuse Referral FormIowaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
House File (HF) 2310 Protocols and Procedures IowaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
Protocol LetterIowaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Policy and Procedure Recommendations for Essex FDCNew JerseyStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Partnerships for Family Recovery: Oneida Strategic PlanNew YorkStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Practice GuidePennsylvaniaStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
Child Protection Team (CPT) ProtocolSeminole TribeTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
CPT Abuse Hotline FormSeminole TribeTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and Procedures, Screening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Multiparty Consent FormSeminole TribeTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Standard Operating ProceduresSeminole TribeTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresContact Us
Adoption Procedure and Review ChecklistSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Emergency Change of Placement Tribal Court FormSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Guardianship Procedure and Review ChecklistSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Guidance on Forming a Family Wellness TeamSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Petition to Name Change Squaxin Island Tribal Court FormSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Procedure and Review Checklist for Termination of Parental RightsSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment
Texas Partnership for Family Recovery, Integrating Child Welfare, Substance Abuse, Judicial and Legal Services to Support Families: A GuideTexasStatePolicies, Protocols and ProceduresAttachment

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

  • Highlighted Resource

    • Collaboration Pathways for Infants and Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders: Lessons From New Jersey
      Collaboration Pathways for Infants and Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders: Lessons From New Jersey(PDF 496 KB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2019

      This case study highlights New Jersey’s progress and achievements related to their engagement with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare In-Depth Technical Assistance (IDTA) Program. The report describes the context of New Jersey’s IDTA engagements, the accomplishments achieved, the barriers encountered, and guidance and lessons for practice and policy reform for states to consider to improve outcomes for infants and families affected by prenatal substance exposure.

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