Serving Child Welfare Families with Substance Abuse Issues: Grantees' Use of Evidence-Based Practices and the Extent of Evidence
Taken together, the 17 regional partnerships funded by the Children’s Bureau planned to implement 51 different program and practice models deemed evidence based during the grant review and selection process. The number of EBPs partnerships planned to offer ranged from one to 15 different EBPs. The largest category (25) were family strengthening programs; other types of EBPs provided counseling or therapy to children or caregivers (11 EPBs) addressed trauma (7 EBPs), or provided substance abuse treatment (7 EBPs). Two grantees proposed to implement a family drug treatment court. Most, but not all models had been reviewed by evidence-rating sources such as the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare or others, with mixed results. Most of the nine models Mathematica systematically reviewed were supported by rigorous research that demonstrated favorable effects, but none had been tested among families similar to those served by RPG.