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New Jersey, Round 5, March 2010 - August 2012

The New Jersey IDTA Project involved the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The partnership sought to implement a statewide coordinated plan to work with families involved with the child welfare system and affected by substance abuse disorders. The IDTA resulted in improved engagement and treatment outcomes. The following summarize the major accomplishments and products of the IDTA:

  • NJ Statewide and Disaggregated Drop Off Analysis - Analysis to identify client "drop-off" at each transition point, from hotline report to substance use treatment completion and all points in between. Following completion of the initial analysis, the data was disaggregated to identify the relative baselines of each Child Protection Substance Abuse Initiative (CPSAI) assessment provider. Results of the analyses were used to guide and manage system improvements, including increased face-to-face outreach and engagement during the preliminary stages of the child welfare investigation and assessment processes.
  • Fact Pattern (PDF 284 KB) - A composite profile of a "typical" child welfare involved family affected by substance use in New Jersey, highlighting the complexities associated with these cases. The Fact Pattern has been used to train staff from more than 20 states and was a significant contributing factor in the development of a housing model in the State of Nebraska.
  • Cross-System Shared Data Inventory (PDF 108 KB) - Identifies data elements from the three systems. The inventory will be used in the development of methods to track cross-systems outcomes, including substance use treatment entry, substance use treatment completion and parent-child reunification. The state has also developed a plan to conduct data runs to identify outcomes such as time to reunification, percent of children reunified or adopted among child welfare parents who completed treatment versus those who did not complete treatment.
  • Identified Issues from Essex Family Drug Court (FDC) Walk-Through (PDF 279 KB) - A report based on review of the policies and a facilitated walk-through of the Essex County FDC. The report highlights barriers and challenges to recruitment, enrollment, engagement, and recommendations for improvement.
  • Policy and Procedure Recommendations for Essex FDC (PDF 719.5 KB) - A review of the Essex County FDC's Policy and Procedure Manual. Findings include potential barriers to program entry in regard to eligibility requirements.
  • NCSACW Child Welfare Toolkit Modules - A cross-system training package adapted from the NCSACW Child Welfare Training Toolkit, (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/training/toolkit/default.aspx). The training material was adapted to be suitable for the three systems.
  • Methadone Policies and Procedures Manual - Manual that outlines policies and procedures that allow for parents to be enrolled in clinically appropriate and effective methadone treatment or other Medication Assisted Treatment without facing removal of their children because of enrollment in an opiate treatment regimen. Available online, upon request and approval from DCF.
  • Recovery Support Model - Preliminary plans for a Recovery Support model for implementation in three counties.