Kentucky Program Improves Outcomes for Substance-Abusing Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System and Their Children
Physical Health, Child Welfare
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Kentucky is engaged in cross-system collaboration to meet the needs of young children with substance-abusing parents involved with the child welfare system. The Kentucky Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) program uses an intensive intervention model that integrates addiction services, family preservation, community partnerships, and best practices in child welfare and substance abuse treatment. The program aims to reduce recurrence of child abuse and neglect, improve substance abuse treatment rates, build protective parenting capacities, and increase the county’s and state’s capacity to address co-occurring substance abuse and child maltreatment. It was adapted from the START model developed in Cleveland, Ohio.