Service providers and other stakeholders emphasize the importance of coordinating substance abuse services with child welfare and other related systems in order to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. Find guidelines, protocols, and other resources for improving collaboration among the substance abuse, child welfare, courts, and welfare systems.
Blueprint for the States: Policies to Improve the Ways States Organize and Deliver Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment: Findings and Recommendations of a National Policy Panel (PDF - 427 KB)
Join Together (2006)
Results from the panel include practical suggestions for effective policy development and collaboration across multiple State agencies as well as appropriate funding to address the magnitude of a State's substance use disorder and prevention challenges.
State Substance Abuse Agencies and Their Placement Within Government: Impact on Organizational Performance and Collaboration in 12 States (Word - 560 KB)
Avisa Group (2005)
Outcomes of a study to determine what helps statewide substance abuse agencies perform better and to better understand how the placement of the agency impacts performance. Includes a discussion of the critical role of interagency collaboration and leadership in implementing effective substance abuse services.
Child Welfare League Finds Consensus on How Best to Integrate Systems of Care for Vulnerable Adolescents and Their Families: Grant Results
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2007)
Describes the results of a grant initiative that brought together professionals and consumers from the mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems to develop a consensus about how to integrate system services and apply best practices so that children and families receive better care.
How Do We Know We Are Making a Difference?: A Community Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Indicators Handbook
Join Together (2005)
A guide to assist community leaders in using indicator reporting programs to identify their most important local substance use problems, focus their community prevention and treatment strategies, and measure the results of new policies and programs.