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1 A Successful Collaboration Among Systems : El Paso County Family Treatment Drug Court: A Program Model Putting the Pieces Together: 1 st National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and Dependency Court July 14 – 15, 2004 Baltimore, MD Julia L. Polland, MA, LPC, CACIII Savio Child Protection Coordinator Shirley Rhodus, MSW EPC DHS Child Protection Administrator

2 Welcome and Introductions Who’s In The Room? Name… System… Job Responsibility… Expectations…


4 Participants Will… Learn How Three Major Systems Came Together To Develop an Integrative and Creative Program With Limited Fiscal Resources Learn the Structure of El Paso County’s Family Treatment Drug Court Including: –Program Design –Graduated Sanctions Learn How to Manage Child Safety and Risk with The Substance Abusing Population Learn About Developing, Collecting and Using Outcome Data Have the Opportunity to Ask Questions

5 The Road Map

6 El Paso County Recognized a Need For Specialized Services For Substance Involved Families –Many Children Were Entering Foster Care and Not Returning Home –Fragmented Response to Cases By All Systems Involved Initial Work Group –Financial Situation Stopped Meetings –Brought in Savio Direct Link –Identified Joint Service Management Partners 4 th Judicial District, DHS, TANF, Savio and Connect Care

7 Reasoning Behind Building The Partnership Why Each System Was Identified and Brought to the Table Each System Was Asked to Bring Resources –Connect Care – Dedicated a Staff Member –TANF – Assigned a Worker –DHS – Re-Assigned Staff –Savio – Had the Model, Hired and Trained Staff –Court – Dedicated Docket Time

8 Joint Service Management Requires Different Participation by Each Member Traditionally Services are Fragmented JSM Partners are Jointly Responsible for…. –Program Design and Development –Continuous Quality Improvement –Case and Program Outcomes –Collection and Reporting of Data Doing Business Differently…

9 Making It Work Systemic Problems We Addressed Head On –Some of the JSM Partners were Competitors – This Was Shift In Their Relationship –Getting Judicial On Board – Changing Standard Practice –Developing Trust and Cooperation Within The Treatment Team Setting a Start Date –Ready, Start, Aim… –It’s Important Not To Just Plan Forever – Nothing Would Ever Start

10 Entrance Criteria Referred Through DHS Intake Substance Abuse Primary Concern One Child Under the Age of 12 –Focus on EPP Population At Least One Parent Willing To Participate Violent Offenders EXCLUDED Children Would Have Been Placed Were It Not For This Intervention

11 Referral Process DHS Intake Worker Checks With DHS Gatekeeper Refers to Savio Direct Link –Intensive In-Home Services Begin Immediately OCA Flags Case D&N Filed FTDC Counsel Appointed at Filing Waiver Provided To Family Pre-Trial In Front Of FTDC Magistrate Family Enters or Returns To Regular Docket System

12 Program Capacity DHS Dedicated 52 Savio Direct Link Slots To FTDC Average Length of Stay 7.5 Months –Annually Serving 83 Families Will Use Outcomes to Promote Program Sustainability

13 *William Miller and Stephen Rollnick (1991). New York: Guilford Press Treatment Philosophy Strength Based with An Emphasis on Motivational Interviewing*

14 Phases of Treatment There are Four Phases of Treatment –Orientation –Achieving Sobriety –Treatment –After Care Planning and Treatment Completion These are Designed to Follow the Treatment Process Behaviorally Anchored to Make Advancement and Regression Consistent All Phases are Tied Into The Treatment Model

15 Phase O - Orientation

16 Two to Four Weeks Sign Waiver Begin 3 Times Per Week Drug Screening Received Sanctions, Rewards & Tx Responses Provided FGC Information Has Every Choice You Make Notebook Has Treatment Team List & Phone Numbers Began Parenting Skills Enhancement Program Signed and Following Safety Plan Attendance At Court Met With Savio Worker for Required Time

17 Phase 1 - Achieving Sobriety

18 Minimum of 30 Days Completed Assessment (3 Drug Screens) 30 Consecutive Days of: –Clean Drug Screens –Attendance At Court –Attendance At Treatment Support –Meeting With Savio Worker for Required Time Completed Substance Abuse Treatment Intake and Began Treatment Treatment Plan Developed and Adopted by Court (Dispositional Hearing) CAC Completed Attend and Participate in FGC Signed IRC (If Applicable)

19 Phase 2 - Treatment

20 Four to Six Months 90 Consecutive Days of: –Clean Drug Screens –Attendance At Court –Attendance At Treatment Support –Meeting With Savio Worker for Required Time –Compliance with Visitation –Following IRC 120 Consecutive Days Attendance at Substance Abuse Treatment Complete 10 of 12 Parenting Classes Attendance and Participation in FGC Improvement on CAC

21 Phase 3 - After Care Treatment Completion

22 30 Consecutive Days of: –Attendance at Court Hearings –Attendance at Treatment Support –Meeting with Savio Worker for Required Time Successful Completion of Court Ordered Treatment Plan Presentation and Acceptance of Relapse Prevention/After Care Plan Demonstrate Ability to Be Self-Sufficient Improvement on CAC (Elimination of Safety Concerns)

23 Phase Advancement and Regression Participants Advance When Phase Advancement Requirements are Met - These are Behaviorally Anchored Participants Regress When They Receive Three Sanctions in a 60 Day Period - Again Behaviorally Anchored

24 Rewards, Sanctions and Treatment Response

25 Each Identified Behavior Will Have A Sanction Or Reward & Treatment Response Rewards Will Occur Regularly Throughout The Treatment Process (Every Choice You Make Program) & In Court Sanctions Are Given During Each Court Hearing and on A Graduated Scale Sanctionable Offenses are Outlined in The FTDC Waiver Offenses are Cumulative From Acceptance Into FTDC Through Graduation Participants will Receive One Sanction or Reward Per Court Hearing (Highest Offense) The Focus is On Supporting The Change Process

26 Court Rewards Court Rewards Clean, No Missed or Dilute Drug Screening Presentation and Acceptance of Relapse Prevention Plan to Treatment Team Successful Completion of Substance Abuse Treatment Phase Completion Improvement on Colorado Assessment Continuum More to Come Re: Every Choice You Make Program

27 Court Sanctions Sanctionable Offenses Positive Drug Screens –Admission Prior to Result –Admission After Result –Denial –Missed or Dilute Failure to Appear in Court Failure to Meet with Savio Worker

28 Useful Community Service Participants Will Be Sentenced to Useful Community Service They Must Complete The Hours Prior to Next Court Date (Or Deadline Given in Court) Participants Will Be Given a List of Agencies Where They Can Complete the Sentence If The Participant Chooses Not To Complete The Community Service - They Will Serve The Corresponding Number of Days in Jail

29 Jail Time Credit is Given To Participants For Being Honest About Drug Use Jail Time Is Not Given For First Positive Drug Screen Will Be Used For Failure to Attend Substance Abuse Treatment More Quickly Than Positive Drug Screen (Emphasis on Importance of Treatment) Will Be Used for Failure to Meet With Savio Worker

30 Treatment Focused Implementation The Treatment Team Wants to Acknowledge The Process of Treatment and Recovery and Will Only Regress Participants for Having Three Violations in a 60 Day Period The Treatment Team Will Also Take Into Consideration Confirmable, Reasonable, Mitigating Circumstance Prior to Imposing A Sanction

31 Outcomes? What Are Outcomes? Why Track Them? How Are They Utilized? Why Are They Valuable at Every Level of Service Delivery? How Do They Impact Daily Practice?

32 Family Treatment Drug Court 2003 Outcomes Summary

33 46 Families Served –83 Adults –95 Children 13 Families Discharge –25 Adults –31 Children Average Length of Stay 7.5 Months 87% of Children Were At Home or With Kin At Discharge 13 % Were Non-Relative Adoption 100% Were In Permanent Homes At The Time of Discharge

34 Creative Funding During Fiscally Challenging Times Need Support of Top Administration These Families Are Being Served Somehow Within The System Sometimes Intervention is More Costly Up- Front Managing Funding Creatively Search For Grant Funding Develop Collaborative Partnerships With Equal Investment

35 Some Resources Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (SAMHSA) – Bureau of Justice Assistance & Office of Justice Programs Drug Courts Programs Office – National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges –

36 Questions and Answers

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