Prevention and treatment interventions that are validated by documented, scientific evidence offer the best possible chance for positive outcomes for children and families. This webpage highlights a database of interventions ranked by the strength of their evidence base, overviews of evidence-based and other promising practices employed in the States to address substance use disorders among child welfare-involved families, and more.
Application of the Evaluation Framework for Program Improvement of START
Huebner, Willauer, Posze, Hall, & Oliver (2015)
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 9(1)
Applies the Children's Bureau program evaluation framework (Framework Workgroup, 2014) to the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) program, an integrated program between child welfare and substance abuse treatment.
Comprehensive Treatment for Co-Occurring Child Maltreatment and Parental Substance Abuse: Outcomes From a 24-Month Pilot Study of the MST-Building Stronger Families Program
Schaeffer, Swenson, Tuerk, & Henggeler (2013)
Child Abuse and Neglect : The International Journal, 37(8)
Presents outcomes from a pilot study of Multisystemic Therapy-Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF), an integrated treatment model for the co-occurring problem of parental substance abuse and child maltreatment among families involved in the child welfare system.
Culturally Sensitive Substance Use Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth: A Meta-analytic Review (PDF - 997 KB)
Steinka-Fry, Tanner-Smith, Dakof, & Henderson (2017)
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 75
Reviews existing studies of culturally competent services, evaluating their structure and efficacy.
Descriptions of the Evidence Based Practices Being Used in Robeson Bridges for Families (PDF - 13KB)
Describes evidence-based practices being used by the Robeson County Bridges for Families program in North Carolina.
NCSACW Webinar Series on Opioid Use Disorders and Treatment
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2016)
Provides a webinar series on topics related to opioid use disorders, including medication-assisted treatment, opioid use in pregnancy, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
New York State Health Foundation: Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care
Isaacs, Jellinek, Garcel, Hunt, & Bunch (2013).
Health Affairs, 32(10)
Illustrates the potential that foundations, governments, and nonprofits have to improve the care of a neglected and difficult-to-serve population when working collaboratively.
Ohio State CLEX Evidence-Based Program Database
Ohio State University, Center for Learning Excellence (2015)
Contains a compilation of quality government, academic, and nonprofit lists of evidence-based programs that appear on the web and/or in print form.
Substance-Exposed Infants: A Report on Progress in Practice and Policy Development in States Participating in a Program of In-Depth Technical Assistance September 2015 to September 2016 (PDF - 426 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration & Children's Bureau (2017)
Synthesizes key lessons, challenges, barriers, and strategies for increasing effective cross-system, collaborative technical assistance for professionals supporting substance-exposed infants. This report focuses on research conducted in five states, including Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota (with a focus on Tribal communities), New Jersey, and Virginia.
Using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Evidence-Based Practice Kits in Social Work Education
Myers & Wodarski (2014)
Research on Social Work Practice, 24(6)
Contains a series of practice kits on a variety of research-supported treatment programs. Structuring portions of social work education around these toolkits would be one way of promoting a more research-supported curriculum content.