Project Leadership. Early in the implementation phase, there several months’ of adjustments made regarding who at IDHW would serve in the leadership role for the PTP. Although the original PTP manager was named in the grant, departmental reorganization and subsequent duty reassignments precluded his active involvement. In February 2003, a regional manager from one of the involved regions was appointed as acting project manager. This person sub- sequently resigned at the end of April 2003. Shortly thereafter, the initially named manager resumed his position and maintained it throughout the project despite the competing demands of his full-time position within IDHW.
Collaboration and Partnerships. Collaborative relationships occurred at multiple levels. At the management level, they occurred among the Chief of the Idaho Bureau of Child and Fam- ily Services (who served as Project Manager of the PTP), the Idaho Substance Abuse Project Manager representing IDHW (who served as Project Co-Manager), and the SALs who were contracted from local substance abuse treatment providers. SALs stated were housed within the Child and Family Service Offices in the three regions. At the worker level, CPS social workers were the referral source for the SALs, who were readily available for consultation. To support collaboration, monthly conference calls were held which included substance abuse treatment provider representatives as well as SALs, Program Managers from the three regions, the PTP Project Manager and Co-Manager, the Director of ICWRTC, the Substance Abuse Trainer from ICWRTC, and the project evaluator.
The PTP expanded several existing partnerships: the training and evaluation component is connected to the ongoing partnership with the ICWRTC, and by extension to Eastern Wash- ington University. The substance abuse treatment provider Road to Recovery had participated in a pre-pilot program (which was limited to the housing of SALs in regional offices but did not include the pre-treatment and MI activities) in Region III, and hired that SAL. Within the IDHW, several relationships were strengthened. PTP implementation in Regions IV, III, and I brought additional coordination among the IDHW Program Managers and Chiefs of So- cial Work in these regions. At Central Office, the Program Manager of Substance Abuse was connected administratively to the project and acted as a mediator and advocate between the SALs and the BPA. The SAL in each region built relationships with the local substance abuse treatment providers and BPA personnel through frequent interactions, role clarifications, and services to clients.
Because referred parents were sometimes involved in the criminal justice system, relation- ships with probation departments also were built and strengthened through the SALs.
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