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Project Description

Missouri The Circle of Hope project was designed to increase the well-being and improve the safety and permanency outcomes for children affected by methamphetamine and other drugs in Missouri’s Southwestern Region by 1) augmenting the State and Regional interagency service delivery infrastructure, and 2) developing a seamless, integrated, family-centered service delivery system at the local level. The project served families whose children were at-risk of removal as a result of parental drug use, through an Intensive Family Services Team (IFST) model. The program used the guiding principles of the Strengthening Families approach to modify the Homebuilder’s Program for the target population. Enhanced and expanded collaboration was achieved across partner systems through the development of the Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (MODEC) at the State level and the Southwestern Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (SADEC) at the Regional level.

Target Population

One Hope United targeted:

The purpose of the Circle of Hope project was to increase the well-being of and improve the permanency outcomes for children affected by methamphetamine or other substance abuse by:

  • Augmenting the inter-agency service delivery infrastructure
  • Developing a seamless, integrated, family centered service delivery system

Major Project Goals

  • Augment Services Infrastructure by: Providing a framework for an intensive level of support for families involved with methamphetamine and other drugs in Missouri and developing the Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (MODEC) and the Southwestern Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (SADEC);
  • Develop Service Delivery Systems by: Providing an enhanced level of support to families that have been involved in the manufacturing, distribution and/or use of methamphetamine and other drugs.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Intensive/Coordinated Case Management
  • Wraparound/Intensive In-Home Comprehensive Services

Parenting/Family Strengthening

  • Manualized Parenting Curriculum or Evidence-Based Parenting - Nurturing Parenting

Mental Health and Trauma Services for Adults

  • Trauma-Informed Services
  • Trauma-Specific Services – Covington Programs, Beyond Trauma

Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults

  • Residential/Inpatient Treatment – Specialized for Parents with Children – Matrix Model
  • Intensive Outpatient – Matrix Model
  • Non-Intensive Outpatient or Other Step-Down
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care/Recovery Community Support Services

Specialized Outreach, Engagement and Retention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies – Motivational Interviewing

Screening and Assessment – Child Welfare and Other Children’s Issues

  • Screening and Assessment for Child Welfare Issues
  • Other Specialized Child Screening and Assessment – Developmental, Behavioral/Socio-Emotional, Mental Health/Psychological

Screening and Assessment – Substance Use and Other Adult Issues

  • Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders
  • Other Specialized Adult Screening and Assessment – Trauma, Domestic Violence, Family Functioning

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The One Hope United Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, State, Regional and Local

Substance Abuse

  • Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, State and Regional


  • 31st Judicial Circuit (Juvenile Court), local

Other Community and Child and Family Services

  • One Hope United (lead agency)

Other Evaluation and Training

  • Missouri Institute of Mental Health (Local Evaluator)

Performance Indicators

  • Children remain at home                                                                   
  • Occurrence of child maltreatment 
  • Children connected to supportive services
  • Improved child well-being 
  • Retention in substance abuse treatment
  • Substance use
  • Parents or caregivers connected to supportive services
  • Employment
  • Criminal behavior
  • Mental health status
  • Parenting
  • Family relationships and functioning:
  • Risk/protective factors
  • Coordinated case management:
  • Collaborative capacity
  • Capacity to serve families

Sustainability Status

The Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (MODEC) the state-level collaboration component of this project continues to operate at the State and Regional levels. The Circle of Hope project was not sustained after funding ended. Two of the RPG partners, Alternative Opportunities, Inc. and the local Children’s Services Division partnered to successfully apply for a RPG II grant.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    One Hope United-Hudelson Region
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    St. Louis County; Congressional District Statewide
  • Federal Grant:
    $500,000/5 years
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
    Quasi-experimental, Same-Time, Matched Case-Level
  • Proposed Number Served (5 years):
    Children: 208
    Adults: 164
    Families: 109
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