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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
Family Risk AssessmentArkansasStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
RSVP Client HandbookConnecticutStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
RSVP Progress ReportConnecticutStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
RSVP Staff HandbookConnecticutStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
RSVP Standing OrderConnecticutStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Integrated Collaborative Casework Practice: Screening and Assessment - Minimum Standards for Screening and AssessmentFloridaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Revised guidelines for substance abuse Family Intervention SpecialistsFloridaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Services Integration ModelFloridaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Family Support ModelIowaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Practice GuideKentuckyStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Universal ScreeningKentuckyStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Child Welfare Case MappingMaineStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Universal screening protocolMaineStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Family Engagement Model Concept PaperMassachusettsStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Focus GroupsMassachusettsStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Michigan Substance Abuse/Child Welfare Protocol for Screening, Assessment, Engagement, and Recovery (SAER)MichiganStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Catch the Vision Tool Kit of Recommended Practices for Working with FamiliesMinnesotaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Parent Partner Focus Group PowerPoint PresentationMinnesotaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Parent Partner Focus Group SummaryMinnesotaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Parent Partner HandbookMinnesotaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Parent Partner Job DescriptionMinnesotaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Parent Partner Research SummaryMinnesotaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Tapping Tribal WisdomMinnesotaScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Field of Dreams Treatment ManualNebraskaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
NE Response to Substance Abusing Parents in Child WelfareNebraskaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
UNCOPE MemoNebraskaStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Methadone Policies and Procedures ManualNew JerseyStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Recovery Support ModelNew JerseyStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
New York Gearing Up to Improve Outcomes for Families: A Collaborative Practice Guide for Managers and Supervisors in Child Welfare, Chemical Dependency Services, and Court SystemsNew YorkStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Practice Guide for Chemical Dependency Services Professionals New YorkStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Practice Guide for Child Welfare Professionals New YorkStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Practice Guide for Family Courts ProfessionalsNew YorkStateScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
A Call to Action: Cross-System Workgroup Report and Recommendations Orange County, CACountyScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
My Action Plan (MAP)Orange County, CACountyScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Parent Engagement SurveyOrange County, CACountyScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
The Parents Guide to the Juvenile Dependency Court ProcessOrange County, CACountyScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Child Welfare Assessment and DevelopmentSeminole TribeTribal CommunityScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
CPT Abuse Hotline FormSeminole TribeTribal CommunityPolicies, Protocols and Procedures, Screening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Family Support AdvocateSeminole TribeTribal CommunityScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsContact Us
Critical Path for Responding to Youth in Need of CareSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment
Guide to the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Youth CourtSquaxin IslandTribal CommunityScreening, Assessment, Engagement and Retention ProtocolsAttachment

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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