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Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program

Regional Partnership Grants The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 reauthorized the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program designed to improve the lives of abused and neglected children and their families who are affected by methamphetamine and other substance use disorders. The legislation included a new competitive grant program and provided funding over a five-year period to implement regional partnerships for the purpose of improving outcomes for children and families. The legislation responds to parental substance abuse as a key factor underlying the abuse or neglect experienced by many children in the child welfare system. This effort represents the broadest Federal program ever launched to assist States, Tribes and communities across the nation to improve the well-being, permanency and safety outcomes of children who are in out-of-home placement as a result of a parent’s or caregiver’s methamphetamine or other substance abuse, or are at risk of such placement. In October, 2007, fifty three grants were awarded to applicants throughout the country.

The grants address a variety of common systemic and practice challenges that are barriers to optimal family outcomes. These challenges include recruitment, engagement, and retention of parents in substance abuse treatment; differences in professional perspectives and training; conflicting time frames across the systems to achieve outcomes; and chronic service shortages in both child welfare services and substance abuse treatment systems.

The RPG Program, administered by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services is supporting  support a host of activities and services to address these barriers, including the creation or expansion of family treatment drug courts, improvement of system-wide collaboration, expanded access to comprehensive family-centered treatment, use of evidence-based practice approaches such as motivational enhancement therapy, parent advocates, and recovery management approaches to drug treatment monitoring. The outcomes of the grants are being measured in a performance measurement system focused on documenting child safety, permanency, and well-being; systems improvement; and treatment-related outcomes such as timeliness of treatment access, length of stay in treatment, and parent’s recovery.

The reauthorization language also called for technical assistance to be provided to the grantees. The NCSACW provides programmatic technical assistance to the 53 sites awarded the multi-year grants.

View the list of grantees by state (PDF 67 KB). You may also view Abstracts by State (PDF 395 KB).

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

RPG TA Requests

If you are a RPG site interested in requesting TA from the NCSACW, please contact Larisa Owen toll free at 1 (866) 493-2758 or via email at rpg@cffutures.org.


Regional Partnership Grant Program Webinar Series Spring 2008

Related Webinars and Presentations
Strengthening Bridges to Improve Outcomes for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders (PDF 248 KB)
  • Nancy K. Young, Ph.D.
  • Sharon Boles, Ph.D.
Event: National Association of Drug Court Professionals 18th Annual Training Conference in Nashville, TN
Date: June 2012.

3-Year Grantee Closeout Webinar
  • Nolan Director, Office of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Elaine Voces Stedt, Child Welfare Program Specialist, Office of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Ken DeCerchio Project Director, Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF)
  • Sharon Boles, Research Director, Center for Children and Family Futures
Date: April 28, 2010.

Regional Partnership Grant Program: Cross-Systems Strategies and Outcomes (PDF 248 KB)
  • Sharon Boles
  • Kim Dennis
Event: National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology: The 13th National Child Welfare Data and Technology Conference.
Location: Washington, DC
Date: June 2010

Regional Partnerships: Creating Cross-Systems Strategies and Outcomes (PDF 189 KB)
  • Nancy K. Young
  • Cheron Crouch
Event: Child Welfare League of America 2010 National Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Date: January 2010