Project Description

Texas Aliviane, Inc. and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Department of Child Protective Services (CPS) implemented Project Aware. Project Aware consisted of intensive case management services using the Assertive Community Treatment model. The program worked with families who had or were at risk of having, substance abuse issues, residing in El Paso County and who are under investigation by CPS and in danger of having their children placed outside the home. The program provided intensive case management to clients and engaged family members in the client’s overall progress, worked with collaborating agency in a manner to benefit the client, and held periodic family activities to encourage and model a healthy and substance free manner for parents to interact with their children.

Target Population

Project Aware targeted:

  • Families referred to the program by Child Protective Services (CPS), Family Based Safety Services Unit (FBSS);
  • At risk of having their children placed out of the home due to one or both parents or caregivers having substance abuse issues.

Major Project Goals

  • Improving the health and stability of families by facilitating access to treatment;
  • Engaging families in treatment, and acquiring the resources needed for rehabilitation and stable recovery;
  • Improving treatment outcomes for families by increasing coordination and communication in service delivery;
  • Improving long-term recovery for families by increasing family and social support systems.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Intensive/Coordinated Case Management

Mental Health and Trauma Services for Adults

  • Trauma-Informed Services

Specialized Outreach, Engagement and Retention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies – Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Brief Intervention with Family Members
  • Targeted Outreach by Case Managers

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

  • Information Dissemination and Education
  • Alternative Activities
  • Problem Identification and Referral

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

  • Screening and Assessment for Child Welfare Issues
  • Other Specialized Child Screening and Assessment - Family Functioning

Screening/Assessment – Substance Use and Other Adult Issues

  • Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders
  • Other Specialized Adult Screening and Assessment – Family Functioning

Other Major Program Strategies

  • Transportation
  • Educational Groups

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The Project Aware Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Regional/County Child Welfare

Substance Abuse

  • Regional/County Substance Abuse Agency
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Agency/Providers

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • Police/Sheriff Department
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Mental Health

  • Regional/County

Department of Health and Human Services

  • County Public Health

Housing

  • State/County Housing Agency
  • Housing/Homeless Services Provider

Education

  • Early Childhood Services/Education Provider
  • Parenting Education/Services Provider

Employment

  • State/County Employment Agency
  • State/County Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Welfare Office (TANF)

Evaluator

  • Evaluator (University-Affiliated or Other)

Other

  • Other Child/ family services provider
  • Church/Faith-Based
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Peer/Parent/ Mentor Group

Sustainability Status

Due to budget cuts across the state of Texas and budgetary constraints in the community, Project Aware was unable to identify or obtain funding sources in order to continue the services. However, Aliviane was able to keep several of the project’s staff and incorporated some of the program’s components, including educational groups, case management, and transportation, into other departments.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    Aliviane, Inc
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    El Paso County; Congressional District 16
  • Federal Grant:
    $500,000/5 years
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
    Quasi-experimental, Same-Time, Matched Population-Level
  • Proposed Number Served (5 years):
    Children: 1,019
    Adults: 480
    Families: 403
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