The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-34) was signed into law on September 30, 2011. This act includes a targeted grants program (section 437(f) of the Social Security Act), which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reserve a specified portion for Regional Partnership Grants, designed to improve the well-being of children affected by parental substance abuse. In October 2007 the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) funded 53 Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) to support interagency collaborations and the integration of programs, services, and activities designed to increase the well-being, improve the permanency, and enhance the safety of children who are in, or at risk of, out-of-home placements as a result of a parent or caregiver’s substance abuse.
Since the first round of RPG funding, Federal leaders and policymakers have intensified their focus on evidence-based and evidence-informed practices in budgeting and program decisions. In addition, scientific findings continue to emerge about the long-term neurological, behavioral, relational, and other impacts of maltreatment on children. In response, a second RPG funding opportunity required applicants to propose the use of evidence-based practices and do more to attend to children’s behavioral, emotional, and social functioning, one component of which is addressing the impact of trauma and its effect on the overall functioning of children and youth.
On September 28, 2012, CB/ACYF awarded new 5-year RPG grants to 17 partnerships in 15 states. CB/ACYF also funded 2-year extension grants to 8 of the regional partnership grants funded in 2007. The partnerships will implement varied interventions, such as family drug courts, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, or in-home parenting and child safety support for families.
Use evidence-based or evidence informed programs or strategies that are also trauma-informed to provide services to the target populations they select
Address child well-being along with the more traditional goals of safety and permanency as part of their selected strategy or program
Conduct an evaluation sufficiently rigorous to contribute to the evidence base on service delivery and outcomes associated with their chosen interventions
Participate in the national cross-site evaluation, and collect and report performance and evaluation measures to increase the knowledge that can be gained from the RPG program
View the RPG-II Program Description. View the RPG-II Grantees Profiles.
Regional Partnership Grantee II Sites
RPG-II Programmatic Technical Assistance
In addition to the national evaluation, the reauthorization language requires technical assistance to be provided to grantees to support implementation and operation of their programs. The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is providing programmatic technical assistance to the RPGs on a variety of topics, including collaborative practice and policy, program sustainability, trauma-informed services, evidence-based and evidence-informed services to children, treatment and recovery support services, and family-centered substance abuse intervention and treatment practices for women and families.
If you are an RPG-II site interested in requesting technical assistance, please contact us toll-free at (866) 493-2758 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.