Report

This document highlights the work of the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. START is a program that incorporates addiction-services treatment, good child welfare practice, and family preservation into case management. Also included is an evaluation of program implementation, operations, and child-welfare and substance abuse treatment outcomes. 

January 1, 2001

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of the START program, and how it brings together drug treatment providers and child welfare staff in Cuyahoga County.

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    Program goals, including how to keep children safe and help drug-addicted parents overcome their drug problems.

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    Program methods, including governance and staffing, and the need for role flexibility among child welfare social workers, advocates, drug treatment providers, health care providers, housing partners and other support systems.

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    Program evaluation strategy, including data sources and analytic techniques used.

Key Takeaway

A Strength-Based Approach

The START program builds on the existing strengths of drug treatment providers and child welfare staff in Cuyahoga County, as well as current research on drug treatment for crack-addicted women. By bringing together addiction-services treatment, good child welfare practices, and family preservation practices, we can better address the special needs of drug-affected families. 

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