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Coeur D'Alene Tribe, Round 4, December 2007 - September 2009

The IDTA involved a partnership between the Coeur D'Alene tribe's child welfare services, its Tribal Court and the Benewah Medical and Wellness Center. Other stakeholders included Benewah Mental Health, the Tribal Wellness Center, Coeur D'Alene Public Safety, the Coeur D'Alene Tribal School, the Tribal Elders action group and the Idaho Tribal Indian Child Welfare Committee. The IDTA efforts were a joint effort between NCSACW and the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

The IDTA sought to improve outcomes for families residing both on and off the reservation who are affected by substance use disorders by establishing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary child protection team and cross-system policies and practices. The following summarize the major accomplishments and products of the IDTA:

  • Cross-System Model - The Coeur D'Alene IDTA team leveraged existing Tribal court involvement and leadership in State collaboration activities to create a model of service provision that is specific to the Tribe's needs. Using the wraparound approach, the components of this cross-system model include a protocol for cross-system case staffing that incorporates community and family input; consistent team meetings; consensus driven decision making; and, a formal orientation process for multidisciplinary membership.
  • Data Collection Report (PDF 179 KB) - A summary of the results of a Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle to examine the length of time between court order for an assessment to the actual date of assessment. The study found that co-location of a staff-member on-site at the court to assist with the referral process reduced time to actual assessment. The results will be used to leverage additional funding from the Tribal government to build on improved data systems to aid in the tracking of families served by multiple systems.