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    Improvements to service delivery (as a result of the PTP)

    • Previously, staff “floundered” to get clients into treatment

    • Clients used to be responsible for calling treatment centers, getting assessments, and making arrangements for funding

    • Now, SAL can do all the above, and can get them into treatment on a preferential basis because of her connections with treatment staff

    • SAL coaches clients to follow through

    • SAL talks to parents about how substance abuse affects parenting -- “She can do it more effectively than we can – she doesn’t have the CP role.”

    • SAL focuses on caretaker strengths and also helps clients see our strengths and benefits, she explains our job in a more positive light

    • SAL “helps us understand where the client is coming from – so we can adjust accordingly”

Focus Group Follow-up Findings from IDHS supervisors and social workers. On March 2, 2006, two focus groups of Region III and IV social workers from Risk Assessment, Case Management, and Intake discussed the PTP impact on their work. There were several new ways the SAL had been found helpful:

  • Participating in Family Group Conferences held by IDHW as part of the CPS service plan,

service as a community resource person

  • Making home visits when the caretaker was “homebound”

  • Making jail visits to do assessments so parents would have a plan when they got out.

The social workers also stressed the ongoing learning and consultation that the SAL makes available:

  • Always telling us about trainings available, and giving us little trainings

  • Telling us what to look for when making home visits

  • Giving us suggestions on how to engage meth addicts

  • Calling the treatment programs to work out the kinks – they don’t call us back, but they

do call her!

2006 Perception of Change Surveys from Social Workers and Supervisors. In March 2006, after data collection, additional Perception of Change Surveys were completed by the supervisors and social workers in Region III and IV. Looking back, these stakeholders af- firmed their initial perception that the PTP significantly increased the effectiveness of mo- tivating parents to agree to substance abuse assessment, complete an assessment, and enter substance abuse treatment, and coordinating CPS plans with substance abuse treatment and collaborating with substance abuse professionals regarding parents.

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