• June 2013
  • Vol. 14, No. 5

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Helping Families Struggling With Substance Abuse

The In-Depth Technical Assistance (IDTA) program at the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides demonstration sites with support and expertise to help enhance cross-system collaboration to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use and are receiving child welfare services. NCSAWC recently released a number of products from the 17 IDTA sites. With NCSACW's assistance, the sites developed new programs and implemented wide-ranging policy and administrative changes to better work with the substance abuse, child welfare, and court systems, as well as local Tribes. Some of the tools developed include:

  • Data and Information Sharing Protocols
  • Screening and Assessment Protocols for Parental Substance Use
  • Interagency Agreements and Memoranda of Agreement
  • Cross-Systems Training Protocols

Visit NCSACW's website to read about each of the IDTA site's accomplishments and access their products:


To read about the successes and lessons learned from the 17 IDTA sites, see the In-Depth Technical Assistance (IDTA) Final Report 2007–2012:

http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/IDTA_Final_Report_2007_2012_508.pdf (306 KB)

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