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Technical Assistance

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides technical assistance (TA) on substance abuse issues in the child welfare population. TA is available to national, state, tribal, and local agencies and individuals. A key feature of NCSACW's efforts is assistance in developing the cross-system partnerships and practice changes that are needed to address the issues of substance use disorders among families in the child welfare system.

All requests for On-site and In-Depth TA are coordinated with CSAT and ACF offices. Approved TA is provided at no charge. A limited amount of on-site TA is provided at no charge based on availability and application process.

NCSACW staff and consultants are available to:
  • Connect you with materials and other resources, including: publications, journal articles, research and statistics
  • Answer your questions and refer you to other experts in the fields
  • Present at conferences, training, and seminars
  • Consultation on bridging collaboration among substance abuse treatment, child welfare agencies, and the court systems
  • Facilitate clinical and policy workgroups of substance abuse, child welfare staff and judicial officers
  • Assist States in preparing for their Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs) and developing their Program Improvement Plans (PIPs)

NCSACW Supported Site Locations


Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Sites
Array of Services Pierce County Alliance Tacoma, WA Multnomah County Baker County Baker Klamath Tribes OnTrack Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Family Tree Center Apsaalooke Nation Housting Authority White Earth Band of Chippowa Wisconsin Department of health and Family Services Children's Research Triangle St. Patrick Center Kids Hope United-Hudelson Region Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc udicial Branch of Iowa Omaha Nation Community Response Team Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Island Grove Regional Treatmen Center Connect Care Denver Department of Human Services Clarity Counseling Cook Inlet Tribal Council Aliviance, Inc. State of Arizona ravis County Houston Council on Alcholism and Drug Abuse Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Tennessee Department of Mental health and Developmental Disabilities Child and family Tennessee County of Lucas Bulter County Children's Services Board University of Rochester Lund Family Center Massachusetts Department of Public health Children's Friend and Service Westchester County North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Department for Community Based Services Kentucky River Community Care Hillborough County Board of Communication Juvenile Justice Fund Supreme Court of Georgia Mendocino County health and Human Service Agency Department of Health and Human Services WestCare California Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services State of Nevada Center Point Inc County of Santa Clara, Socail Service Agency SHIELDS for Families County of San Diego, health and Human Services Agency
RPG Sites (53)
Array of Services (11)Array of Services (11) Child Focused (8)Child Focused (8) Drug Courts (10)Drug Courts (10) System-Wide Collaboration (9)System-Wide Collaboration (9) Treatment Focused (9)Treatment Focused (9) Tribal(6)Tribal(6)

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NCSACW Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Sites
NCSACW CAM Sites Dunklin County, Missouri, 35th Judicial Circuit, Family Treatment Court Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts Colorado Judicial Department, Denver Juvenile Probation Pima County Juvenile Court Center Clark County Family Treatment Court Butte County, California Behavioral Health, Adult Services, Treatment Courts Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protective Services Division County of Santa Cruz Family and Children’s Services, Human Services Department San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health, Drug and Alcohol Services Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services Superior Court of California, Riverside County Collaborative Drug Court Division
NCSACW Cam Sites (12)
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NCSACW In-Depth Technical Assitance (IDTA) Sites
States Squaxin Island Coeur d’ Alene Tribe Sonoma County California Orange County Colorado Nebraska Texas Arkansas Minnesota Iowa Kentucky Michigan Florida Seminole Tribe Virginia New Jersey New York Connecticut Massachusetts Maine
NCSACW IDTA Sites (21)
States (16)States (16) Tribal Communities (3)Tribal Communities (3) Counties (2)Counties (2)

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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinqunecy Prevention (OJJDP) Sites
FY 2009 Marion County Children & Families; Salem, Oregon Siskiyou County Superior Court; Siskiyou, CA Yurok Tribe Social Services; Klamath, California (Tribal) San Francisco Superior Court Collaborative Justice Programs; San Francisco, CA County of Sonoma, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Division; Santa Rosa, CA  Chippewa Cree Tribe, Law and Order Unit; Chippewa Cree, MT Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribe; Leech Lake Tribe, MN Judiciary Courts of the State of Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota Jackson County Family Court Services; Kansas City, MO Harris County Administrative Office of the District; Harris County, TX Winnebago County Circuit Court, Family Drug Court; Rockford, Illinois Marion County Superior Court; Indianapolis, Indiana Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, Adult Drug Court; Frankfort, Kentucky Fulton County Juvenile Court; Altanta, Georgia Supreme Court of Georgia (Cobb County); Atlanta, Georgia Chataham County Family Dependency Treatment Court; Chatham, GA Palm Beach County, Department of Public Safety; West Palm Beach, Florida Miami Dade County; Miami, Florida Alamance County Administrative Office of Court Systems; Alamance County, NC Charles County Sherriff's Office; Charles County, MD State of New Jersey, Administrative Office of the Courts; Morristown, New Jersey State of Maine Judicial Branch; Portland, Maine
OJJD Sites (22)
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Collaboration in Action

Child welfare, substance abuse treatment and court professionals in States, Tribes, Counties and communities across the country are coming together on behalf of families. They are:

  • Developing Memoranda of Understanding and shared values statements to guide their collaboration
  • Putting screening and assessment protocols in place to enhance parent engagement and retention in services
  • Identifying the special needs of children affected by substance abuse
  • Creating data systems and information sharing protocols that can support cross-system case management
  • Finding creative ways to fund comprehensive family centered services.

National Resource Centers of the Children's Bureau, ACYF

The National Resource Centers (NRCs), funded by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provide training, technical assistance and research. Each NRC focuses in a different area, such as youth development, legal and judicial issues, tribes, permanency and family connections, in-home services and adoption. The NRCs help build the capacity of State, local, Tribal and other publicly administered or supported child welfare agencies to improve child welfare systems and to achieve safety permanency and well-being for children and families.

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Request Technical Assistance

If you are interested in requesting technical assistance from the NCSACW, please contact Technical Assistance Services toll-free at 1 (866) 493-2758 or via email at ncsacw@cffutures.org.

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