U.S Department of Health and Human Services U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Home » Technical Assistance » In-Depth Technical Assistance » Orange County

Orange County, CA, Round 4, January 2008 - September 2009

Orange County, California was the first county-level recipient of IDTA. The IDTA involved the Orange County Juvenile Court; the Social Services Agency (SSA), Children and Family Services; and the Health Care Agency (HCA), Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. The IDTA sought to build on existing collaborative efforts within the County with the goal of prioritizing and allocating existing community resources for families with co-occurring child welfare and substance abuse problems that are in the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court based on cross-systems data and the identified needs of these families.

As a result of the IDTA, the county has experienced improved engagement and retention of parents who receive support from the Family Support Workers/Mentor Parents program. The collaborative practice work initially begun during the IDTA project was integrated into the ongoing work of the County Blue Ribbon Commission. The IDTA Core Team continues to meet and work together on issues common to each system, reporting their results to the Blue Ribbon Commission. The following summarize the major accomplishments and products of the IDTA:

  • A Call to Action: Cross-System Workgroup Report and Recommendations (PDF 1.07 MB) - Summarizes the findings from an analysis of the range of services and supports available in the community for the members of families to determine what services are the most needed and seen as the most useful. The analysis included a survey of professionals as well as current and former parents in the system.
  • Collaborative Training Matrix (PDF 453 KB) - An inventory and summary of resulting recommendations of existing training resources relevant to the IDTA work. As a result, the team partnered with multiple disciplines to offer training on the topics related to substance use and co-occurring disorders.
  • Parent Engagement Survey (PDF 85 MB) - This survey informed the development of a Family Support Worker model. The model was designed to promote earlier engagement and retention of parents.
  • Substance Exposed Newborns Flow Chart (PDF 196 KB) - Highlighted barriers and challenges for parents of substance exposed newborns in the child welfare system. Resulted in critical changes in how parents are served.
  • Data Committee Protocol (PDF 217 KB) - Proposes a data and information exchange process to better track mutual clients between SSA and HCA, specifically parents of Substance-Exposed Infants (SEI), and to assess parent, child and family outcomes for program improvement purposes. A standing Data Committee has been integrated into and reports to the County Blue Ribbon Commission. The committee developed a SEI Client Intake Form, SEI Client Status Form, and an Authorization to Release Records form for utilization by Health Care Agency and Social Services Agency.
  • My Action Plan (MAP) - Developed after the formal IDTA. Developed to help parents create action-based next steps following a court-ordered case plan. MAP has been implemented in the county and has been shown to be effective in helping parents navigate through their case plan and create tangible goals and action steps.
  • The Parents Guide to the Juvenile Dependency Court Process - Developed after the formal IDTA to assist parents in navigating through the systems. The guide includes information on the court process, visitation, the expectations they should have of the various systems as well as the expectations the systems will have of parents.