Expanding Evidence on Replicable Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families, 2019 - 2022

Project Overview

The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (Public Law 115-271) authorizes $15 million in funding for the US Department of Health and Human Services to replicate an intervention utilizing coaches for families engaged in the child welfare system due to parental substance use disorders that demonstrates favorable parental recovery outcomes and shortens time to reunification. The replication includes a three-part evaluation:

  1. a pilot study;
  2. an impact study that includes random assignment and multiple follow-ups of participating families over a 5-year period, and;
  3. an implementation study conducted concurrently with the impact study.

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Children’s Bureau and Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation are conducting the first phase of the Expanding Evidence on Replicable Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families (R3) project, a feasibility study that lays the foundation for ACF to conduct the three-part evaluation. The R3 project has two goals. The first goal is to compile and disseminate a synthesis on the existing body of evidence of recovery and reunification interventions that utilize coaching models to the field. The second goal is to determine the feasibility of conducting a rigorous impact evaluation of one or more potentially replicable and scalable interventions.

To do this, the R3 project will:

  1. identify family recovery and reunification interventions that use coaches and are suitable for moving to the next level of evidence;
  2. engage relevant experts and other stakeholders who have interest in and valuable knowledge to contribute to project;
  3. identify sites appropriate for the evaluation; and
  4. design and implement a feasibility study to inform an impact evaluation of selected interventions.

This contract was awarded to Abt Associates and its subcontractors, Faces and Voices of Recovery and Joseph Ryan (University of Michigan School of Social Work).

The point of contacts are Calonie Gray and Kelly Jedd McKenzie.